Deep Sixed? Pat White's Future With The Dolphins In Serious Jeopardy

J. BrunoCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback Pat White #6 of the Miami Dolphins looks to avoid a tackle 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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I am unsure as to why anyone ever thought Pat White could be a successful NFL quarterback.

He had an impressive college career, but so did Ryan Leaf. Year after year, we see players who were prolific in the NCAA, but who cannot seem to match the speed and skill level required for professional football.

The first time I saw Pat take a snap as a Dolphin, something about it simply did not look right. His body looked small, fragile, and ineffectual next to guys almost twice his size, and his play mirrored those qualities quite acutely.

Like many Dolphins fans, I just didn't see how this kid was going to be a difference-maker for this team, but I wanted to trust the often-wise judgment of the Trifecta. I recognize the fact that there are things about football Bill Parcells knows that I could never know, even if I studied the game for the rest of my life.

Maybe just this once, however, my first instinct about a player was more accurate than that of the Big Tuna.  

I'm sure the Fins' front office believed that Pat could be someone to throw defenses off-balance with supposed dual-threat passing and running abilities that never actually surfaced as an actual threat for opposing teams.

At first, he seemed like an excellent candidate to run the Wildcat. He looked like a young guy who was eager to show off his talent, and someone who was glad of his decision to pass up a career in Major League Baseball for a chance at NFL stardom.

Looks can be supremely deceiving. 

When I got ahold of the training camp reports for day two, I was not at all shocked with what I found:

White, while back with the team after missing the first camp practice, will most likely not start 2010 as a member of the Dolphins' 53-man roster.

Instead, White is rumored to be having "personal issues", and could be bound for the Dolphins active/non-football injury list.

It's also worth mentioning that AFL quarterback Tommy Grady is due for a tryout with Miami on Monday, something that could suggest that Pat is on his way out.

Mike Berardino of the Sun-Sentinel reportedly spoke to Pat's older brother regarding the issues the young quarterback is facing. When asked about Pat's future role with the Dolphins, the answers seemed to put a lot of possibilities up in the air.

“Being a young man, he’s just trying to find – I’m trying to put this in the best way — I guess his position in life. I think that may have something to do with it. Just life, you know, in general.”

Some are speculating that Pat could be going through a personal crisis, while others say he has simply lost the heart to continue moving forward with his career. Still others believe it to be a medical issue concerning recent injury.

Perhaps a person who has suffered two concussions in as many years really should think about throwing in the towel.

Personally, while there are too many 'what-ifs' to accurately predict White's future in the league, I believe that the Dolphins placing him on the active/non-football injury list would be a calculated move to cover their bases, so to speak.

While clearly the least capable of the Fins' four quarterbacks (a group that will need to be whittled down to three over the next six weeks), White is still believed to have value, and could be receiving this designation to keep him available to the team without sacrificing a precious spot on the final roster.

White shared third-team snaps with a recovering Chad Pennington during Saturday's practice, and signed autographs for fans afterward, but his status within the Dolphins organization is now one of the major questions looming over training camp.

I would like to see Pat White get his chance to make a mark in the NFL (if that is indeed what he wants), but I just don't see him making it with the Miami Dolphins.

While the events of the past few days seem to support that theory, I suppose only time will tell.