It is hard to find anything on our beloved Miami Dolphins in the non-Dolphins media unless they are in the mood to talk about the Wild Cat. If you are talking about the Wild Cat then you are also talking about Miami's 2nd round pick QB Pat White.
Who is Pat White? Here's a quick summary from ESPN:
Finished his career at West Virginia as the program's winningest starting quarterback (34-8). He is the only quarterback to start four bowl victories in college football history. Owned a 14-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio as a senior. He also owns the NCAA career rushing record for quarterbacks with 4,480 yards.
Several teams took a good look at him before this year's draft. The Vikings were very interested but wanted him as a receiver, but they ended up choosing WR Percy Harvin instead in the first round. That was very understandable. Harvin will factor into their Wild Cat packages as well. The New England Patriots took a look at White and were very interested in him. This being the case, Parcells knew that if he passed on him at the #44 spot in the draft, Belichick was ready to put him in red.white, and blue.
Did we draft him ahead of his draft value by beating the Patriots to the punch? Since the Patriots had him as a second round talent, although a later one, drafting him in the second round was a good move for Parcells if he had to have Pat White.
I do not think accusing Parcells of drafting to spite another team is one of his characteristics. He had to have Pat White to improve his Wild Cat package.Parcells has been itching to add the Wild Cat to his offense for more than 2 years. There is something that he really likes about it and he feels it can work in the NFL. Analyst Pete Prisco calls it a "Gimmick" and that Parcells is only using it because the Dolphins offense is not clicking without it. While it did open up Miami's offense last year, Parcells envisions the Wild Cat as part of the Miami Dolphins offense that is not going to go away.
But this is not about the Wild Cat, is it? This is about Pat White and whether he can run this package in the NFL.
There have been complaints that the Dolphins should work on White's passing more as this year's #3 QB instead of the Wild Cat, but that is not why he was drafted. Oh, he will fill in as the #2 quarterback next year. The problem is that the Dolphins used a mid-2nd round pick on a QB. That's a round where you expect a future starting QB to come from. Right now he seems to only be able to hit Parcells' golf cart. People are expecting more. I like the draft pick, but until I see him throwing wildly in a preseason game, then I am going to reserve judgement on him as a QB in the NFL .... for now. Right now all who are observing him are seeing a real problem with his accuracy and ability to adjust to the NFL level.
Is he all-of-a-sudden having accuracy issues? He did a good job at the collegiate level and I expect him to do the same in the NFL. It will take time. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the Dolphins changed his throwing motion. They have him taking a shorter stride and throwing the ball from a higher arm slot. This will help him to get rid of the quicker and over the heads of faster/larger NFL defenses. Standing back in the shotgun for the Wild Cat is all ready in his head as that was the offense he ran under Rich Rodriguez.
Can a player have success by changing his throwing motion? Bad Mr Frosty on the forum found this from TSN :
Jets' Pennington overhauls throwing mechanics
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Competing for a starting job at the age of 31 will do strange things to an NFL quarterback. In Chad Pennington's case, his battle with strong-armed, third-year pro Kellen Clemens has prompted him to reinvent the way he throws the football.
"The biggest point of emphasis for me right now is I'm changing mechanical issues with my throwing motion," Pennington said after a Thursday morning workout. "I really went back and studied it, and I want to really focus on it to where I gain more consistency with my throws, be more consistent with the velocity and really take it to the next level."
Now that is very interesting. More than likely the success right is not very good for quarterbacks who change their throwing motion, but right in our own backyard there is success.
I didn't like the White pick at the time, but once I found out their plans for him I actually got excited about him. He was pretty accurate at the collegiate level. You don't lose accuracy overnight. He should be a better passer than Ronnie Brown out of the Wild Cat. That makes that package more dangerous and successful. You can believe that Ronnie will be a big part of the Wild Cat still.
The Dolphins drafted White to run the Wild Cat. Because of his limitations and strengths the Dolphins are creating a "Pat Package". While he is getting reps in practice as a quarterback, the Dolphins want immediate returns from him this year. The Dolphins do not want to take a step back. With a tougher schedule in front of us, we have to improve the team in all areas if possible to not take a step back.
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