A scout's take on the 'WildPat' offense
What it comes down to is Pat White, the West Virginia quarterback, and what he adds to it. In today's column, I put up a lot of questions that couldn't be answered immediately after this pick that's causing NFL people to talk.
"I'm curious how it plays out but they got a winner (in White)," the scout said.
The fun part for Dolphins fans is this team stays at the front of the Wildcat idea. Lots of teams will use it next year, simply because defenses have to spend time preparing for it. Baltimore tore the Dolphins' Wildcat apart in the playoffs and that showed two things:
1. The Dolphins couldn't match the Ravens' muscle up front. No surprise there. Like any offensive set, that's where it starts. But the Dolphins invested in the line this offseason with center Jake Grove Jonathan Cooper Black Jersey and so we'll see.
2. The next step in the Wildcat had to be a legitimate throwing threat. Baltimore didn't consider Ronnie Brown a passing option for a simple reason: Brown really wasn't.
Enter White. You have to love the guy's makeup: Fouryear starter and winner of four bowl games at West Virginia. Plus, he has the athletic ability to be used in as many ways as the coaches can imagine.
"How else are they saying they're going to use him?" the scout texted.
This is one of the questions I wondered in my column today. That, and whether White can be considered an option of the future in competing with Chad Henne. We'll have to see how it plays out. But slot receiver and returnman are probabilities. But the WildPat is the one where you can set your imagination on.
Instead of Brown running, it's White running or throwing.
Instead of Pennington moving out wide, it's White (though if I was a defensive coordinator, I would tell my defensive back to put whoever the quarerback is to the ground every play. If the Dolphins were going to do that, I'd make the quarterback pay Kevin Minter Black Jersey for it. It was mystifing to me no opponent did that to Pennington when he was a receiver).
On Sunday, the Dolphins began to address what everyone knew: The receiving corps needshelp. And maybe more help than thought if Greg Camarillo's knee isn't ready. So they went out and got Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline.
You've got to like this about GM Jeff Ireland: He doesn't just address a position in neeed. He saturates the position with possibilities. At cornerback, they got Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, two of the higherrated in the draft. Now, at receiver, they get two midround hopes. After the fourth round, the Dolphins have gone against what you'd expect by taking no linemen (or linebacker or tight end).
White is the intrigue of this draft. And the question. And the fun to watch.
Dave, how can you type with a straight face that, "the Dolphins invested in the line this offseason with center Jake Grove and so we'll see". Give me a break, Grove was a lackluster player on a pathetic Oakland team. The mere implication that he somehow enables our Oline to match up with Baltimore's Dline is absurd. We're still vastly undersized on the front lines compared to the physical teams such as Baltimore, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, etc.
Pat White may prove out to be a good pick much the same Hines Ward is with the Steelers. I'm much more pleased with the selection of White than Patrick Turner (Oronde Gadsden Part II) or Brian Hartline (Greg Camarillo Part II).
Dave, I was a bit shocked by the Pat White pick I thought White would have been around later in the draft and with Henne we already had our QB of the future. This leads me to believe that the Dolphins have made a philosophical change of direction.
The success of the Wildcat must have been somewhat unexpected. Once the success of the formation was legitimized over the course of the season the brain trust realized there was more potential than a 10 play per game disruption. The defenses in the NFL have been working to stop basically two offenses, the pro set and the west coast. The wildcat presents matchups those defenses are not setup to defend. The shortfall was that Ronnie Brown was not a legitimate threat to throw the ball. Enter Pat www.cardinalsofficialnflstore.com/61_jonathan_cooper_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html White and the shortfall is not there anymore.
But where does that leave Henne, clearly if the team is moving toward using the wildcat he does not fit the scheme and neither does Pennington or Beck. So how does this work in the big picture, do Henne www.cardinalsofficialnflstore.com/51_kevin_minter_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html and White share snaps? Most teams try to have a backup QB who is somewhat similar to the starter so the offense does not have to drastically change when the starter goes down. I don't think this lends itself to that premise and I also don't think it spells out a clear offensive philosophy going forward. I guess maybe by the end of this day we will see another jack of all trades QB selected. If that is the case there will be some trouble brewing for Henne, Beck and Pennington because splitting time at QB in the NFL is not a winning formula
Here is a great response by an ESPN Blogger to a Pat White hater. It also shows insight into Parcells' view on the wildcat Gary Horton: I think they're enamored with trying to expand the Wildcat.
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