Just one week into a very tenuous retirement,
Channing Crowder is talking comeback. He's also taking some shots at his former quarterback.
Crowder played six seasons as a linebacker with the Miami Dolphins, including each of
Chad Henne's three up-and-down years with the franchise. Crowder made it clear in a Tuesday radio spot that he doesn't believe Henne has the football DNA to effectively lead the Dolphins.
"He hasn't really proven anything to me while I played with him, and now being on the other side looking down as a fan, he's not impressing me either," Crowder said on WQAM-AM, where he has been a talk-show host.
Crowder is incredulous about Henne living up to his promise in Miami's new-look offense this season.
"He has all the tangibles I want to say, the arm strength -- his feet work (is) funny -- but he can make some good throws," Crowder said. "But the intangiables, the winning the game, the wanting to have everything on his shoulders like the Bradys, like the Mannings and wanting to be down by five with a minute left on the 20-yard line, let's see what happens. He doesn't have that in his heart yet.
"I think it'd be hard for him to win."
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano didn't have much to say when told of Crowder's anti-Henne sentiment.
"He's on the radio already," Sparano said of Crowder's comments on his QB, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "I'm not going to comment. You know my feelings already about Chad."
Crowder said Tuesday that he still plans to sit out this season because his wife is about to have a baby, but he'll likely return to the NFL in 2012 or 2013.
A week ago, Crowder said he decided to call it a career after being cut by the Dolphins. His announcement was greeted with skepticism because he's just 27 and has a reputation for kidding around.
Crowder was drafted by the Dolphins in 2005. He started in each of his six seasons, but he has been slowed by injuries in recent years and missed five games in 2010.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.