Will Pat White Step It Up In 2010?

Colin McGrawContributor IIApril 19, 2010

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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A lot of Dolphin fans have been not happy with how Pat White performed in the 2009 NFL season. Well, you know what I say, he was a rookie and he never got a good opportunity.


The Miami organization was asking a lot from their rookie quarterback, putting him in goal line situations, putting him on the field for one play, and then asking him to step in for Chad Henne in the last game of the season.


The Fans were putting a lot of pressure on Pat White, who was a rookie still learning the pace of the NFL. Fans were getting on his case for not doing much in the final game, but you know what, this guy barely played at all in the NFL. He never started a game and was just thrown in the game for a down or two, to try and run the wildcat.


People don't give enough credit towards what Pat White has done. He played great in college, putting up over 6,000 yards, with 56 passing touchdowns and 47 rushing touchdowns.  He ended his senior year with a 65.7% completion rating. That is higher than Aaron Rodgers, Phillip Rivers, Joe Flacco, Tony Romo, etc. in the 2009 season. Now that is Pro vs. college, but that completion rating is still pretty darn good! So Pat can throw. People say he doesn't know how to throw and that he was a bad passer. That is not true at all! Like I said, he needs more time to adjust to the pace of the NFL.


Pat White does have the skills to be a great quarterback in the NFL, but he just needs some more time. I'll mention it again, the Dolphins just threw him in the game for a couple downs for some plays. This was hardly enough time to get comfortable in the quarterback position. He was a rookie everybody! Not all rookies get to an AFC Championship like Mark Sanchez.


There has been discussion of Pat White switching to the WR position, but I don't feel that Pat White will be able to adjust to this role. Quarterback and Wide Receiver are 2 very different positions. Plus I think Pat's size wouldn't be good in this role. He needs a line protecting him.


Overall, I think the Dolphins are going to keep this guy rather than Tyler Thigpen because they haven't gotten the most out of him yet. Plus he can still be a threat in the wildcat. Give the guy a little more time and I think he will be an exceptional Quarterback in the NFL. 


(Look at that 33 yard run he performed against the NE PatriotsPat White 33 Yard Run)