With the 44th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Pat White, quarterback, West Virginia.
For the third time in as many years, the Dolphins drafted a quarterback with a second-round pick, but this year’s pick is a little different.
This is Pat White—the fleet-footed winner from Daphne, Ala.
While many embrace the move, others begin to question the move, and along with it is the talk of, “What happens with Chad Henne?”
However, I propose a question to everyone: Is this the beginning of an offensive revolution in the National Football League? This could very well be the era of the two-headed quarterback, and it could start in Miami.
Henne is the poised pocket passer more suited for a traditional pro set. He’s had a year to develop behind one of the most accurate passers in NFL history in Chad Pennington.
When you combine that with his incredible arm strength, Henne has the tools to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs and beyond in the future.
White is the running, passing, do-it-all quarterback—the “WildCat” himself, or shall I say “WildPat”?
He’s no slouch when it comes to throwing the ball and is a proven winner, as he did what nobody else has ever done in college football—starting and winning four bowl games over the course of his career.
For the team that brought the WildCat to the NFL last season, White can thrive in the formation. The one thing that lacked in last season’s version of the WildCat was the threat of a solid passer.
Ronnie Brown handled the snaps, but it almost became predictable near the end of the season. With White on the field, you add that extra dimension to the formation.
He has the awareness to either hand off, run the ball himself, or throw the ball, and that’s something that is needed to make the formation that much more successful.
So, where do these two quarterbacks fit in on the same team? With Chad Henne being the prototypical pocket passer and Pat White being the essential key of the WildCat, or spread offense at times, could we possibly be on the verge of seeing the two-quarterback system in the NFL?
This season Chad Pennington is expected to start for the Dolphins, so we may have to wait till 2010 to see the potential that this tandem can have.
One thing is for certain—White could see the field a lot this season and be an instant game breaker, whether at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, or returning kicks.
This could get interesting.
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