Pat White Must Seize Opportunity to Turn Wildcat into Wild Pat

Sam DeerhillContributor INovember 18, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback Pat White #6 of the Miami Dolphins during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on September 3, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Dolphins defeated the Saints 10-7.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Let's face it: Pat White was not brought in by Miami's top brass to start at QB.

Bill Parcells and company are confident that Chad Henne is the Dolphins' QB of the future. So far, from what we've seen from No. 7, they seem to be vindicated.

A second round pick was used on White for one thing: to man the wildcat. First and foremost, White's throwing is suspect, so it seems odd they would use a high draft pick one year after drafting Henne.

Speaking of White's throwing, he is a left-handed QB, which means that the Jake Long investment is no longer needed. Sure, you could move Long to right tackle, but the point of paying him the big bucks was to anchor the left side of the line.

White has plenty of potential to shine in the NFL, but it is clear that he was brought in to lead the wildcat—and that makes sense. He can run and he can throw well.

Until now the wildcat has been Ronnie Brown's show, but with Brown out this week versus the Panthers, it will be a good opportunity for White to shine in the "Wild Pat" formation.

While we have seen a little bit of White used in the wildcat, his contribution has been subpar. He has only thrown three times (zero completions), and he's averaging 4.4 yards a carry. The rushing is good for standard formations, but not for the wildcat. With a potentially expanded role in the offense, White's time to show what he has is now.

What is interesting to note is that Henne came into the limelight due to Chad Pennington's injury earlier this year against the Chargers. You never root for anyone to go down, but when opportunity knocks, you must make the most of it. Just as Henne has done, now it is White's turn.

Look for him to throw a little bit more often—if he's throwing 25 to 35 percent of the time, this will make defenses worry about the pass, which would open up running room if he decides to run.

Either way you slice it or dice it, with Brown out, there is a silver lining in the cloud, and his name is Pat White.