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Little facts about (shush!!) the spread offense

Big day of Dolphins coverage at ye olde Herald.

I will be blogging throughout the day on Sunday as the Dolphins wrap their rookie minicamp. The first practice begins at 10 a.m. so expect updates in the minutes and hours ahead.

Meanwhile, I want to share with you my Sunday column in which I write about some of the Miami coaching staff's accomplishments last year and some of the challenges the staff faces in 2009.

I think I have been remiss in making the point the past couple of days because I've done it in passing and as a matter of fact as I did in the column, but let me correct that situation. I have been told the Dolphins will employ portions of the spread option in their offense this year.

Once again: The Dolphins coaches have been working this offseason on plucking portions of the spread option from the college ranks and adding that as part of the Wildcat (renamed by Salguero as WildPat) package.

The idea is not revolutionary The Dolphins realized the spread option had a place in the NFL when the Kansas City Chiefs lit up the Miami defense last season. Obviously the offense has worked in colleges as well.

But the idea is evolutionary. It makes sense to take Wildcat to the next level and that is, in part, the spread option. So the plan is if rookie Pat White progresses in the offense as he has the potential to do, the Dolphins will employ White in the spread option/Wildcat (renamed by Salguero as WildPat). It's going to take a while and you're probably not going to see it until the regular season. But the plan right now is to use it.

The Dolphins are not eager to let this out because coaches are rightfully secretive about their plans and strategy. And even this passing mention will soon be forgotten and left to float off into cyberspace. But I predict if and when Miami unveils it in the regular season, there will be quite a bit of attention paid to it -- attention rivaling the unveiling of Wildcat last year.

Just remember you knew it was coming way in advance. 

Discuss ... And come back later for the camp updates. 

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Sweet GO PHINS!

If the WildPat package is successful early in preseason or regular season, how do you see that effecting Pennington and even Henne with White gaining more playing time and experience?

Armando,

Sent you an email on this very topic a few days ago. Glad to see you're on top of it. The advantage of having Pat White general the WildCat over Ronnie Brown is the evolution to true option plays. When Ricky Williams is blazing across the formation in motion, the decision to hand the ball or not is predetermined. Pat White is experienced at making the backside read on the DE/LB and deciding should he hand off or keep the ball ("Zone Read"). So besides adding a credible passer, we now have a true option that is can expose a defensive commitment.

Wondering if this offense will give value to VY in Tennessee. He ran the spread option pretty dang well at Texas. So I wouldn't be suprised to see the Titans deploy a package this year.

I can't wait 'til the start of the season! Although, I don't think Pat will be 'listed' as a QB because either he'll have to be 3rd or Henne would have to be 3rd. If the 3rd QB enters the game, then the other 2 can't come back in. A stupid NFL rule that should be changed.

I rather u call it 'Whitecat' Salgureo

I enjoy the articles but stop pushing "WildPat". It might be a clever one-liner but it starts to sounds a little desperate as it repeats. Thanks for the updates and good point about the 3rd QB rule. I had heard that before but forgotten about its implications on using White as a 3rd QB.

pat white is one cool QB dude ,who will be great under the the leadership of tuna and will be the future NO 1 by mid next year.

Agreed! time to kill this "WildPat" nonsense.

Righto, Mando. Again, folks, PWhite is a QB, & he very well may be our future QB, so get used to it & stop with the slash, etc. (If it was so easy to convert to & play as a WR [slot or otherwise], Ginn would have done so already).

Me?===I'm very thrilled at the prospects of White as QB---Mike Florio, Ron Jaworski et al. have convinced me.

Mando, could you please give us the impression on Ellis. Is he a true NT that can handle the big boys? Can he push Solai to get better? THX

Armando,
I am curious why no one mentioned the wildcat as possibly being used in games last year before we started using it? I believe this regime held some private practices, where reports couldn't even attend. If that's the case, I guess they ran those plays during that time. Your thoughts? I guess it's a credit to this regime that they kept the element of surprise for the wildcat until we unveiled it against NE. Our own reporters and fans didn't even know we would use it!

Pat White could very well be the future starter in Miami at QB. strong arm accurate, good head on his shoulders, very quick. Reminds me a liitle of McNabb when younger except White is much more versitile with the option.

WE MUST CALL IT "THE WILD HENNE" NOT THE "WILD PAT" CAUSE HENNE IS THE MAN AND PAT JUST CAME TO THE TEAM AND WE CAN'T JUST MAKE A NEW GUY FEELS LIKE A STAR ALREADY AND BECOMES A FUTURE BUST NT A FUTURE QB.

GO FINS OMEGA 3 FEED IS GOOD FOR YOU

Champ, if Henne had the capability to run the wildcat they would have used him last year in it. He doesn't bring anything different from Pennington in that formation except a stronger arm. I think it's great that Phin Fans are actually discussing the possibility of having two future Qbs in Dolphin Uniform! Even more exciting is how different they are when comparing strengths! You can't annoint Henne yet either! Let um play!

I guess Parcells is right. You writers are subversives.

I think pat white will be a qb, but will be listed as a wr. This way when pennington goes out, we can add an extra guy on the o line, just like we did last year running the wild cat. If he is listed as a qb, then we cant add the extra guy

Guy - I heard plenty of fans, commentators, and many others call it the "WildPat" now that he is a Dolphin.

Don't be a clown and try to claim that stupid nickname as your own.

hello fellow dolphins fans! 2day is my 27th bday! wheres the love? pat white is going to open up our offense like we haven't seen before! defenses won't know what s coming. plus they will have to prepare 4 the wildcat the spread AND our base offense! that is alot and then some with only a week to prepare. i can't wait! fins 4 life baby!

ARMANDO, just fyi, http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/05/02/cowboys.practice.field.collapse/index.html?iref=topnews

That story is about the practice facility in Dallas collapsing, which is the same practice bubble the Dolphins use......perhaps an investigative story should be looked at.

Stating the obvious, ONE THING THAT TUNA ALWAYS SAID IS "YOU CAN'T GO OUT AND SHOP FOR QB AND THINK THAT YOU WILL FIND HIM FAST",THAT'S WHY HE'S FILLING THIS TEAM WITH WR AND QB SO WHEN SOME ONE GO BUST HE HAS SOME ONE ELSE TO FILL THAT POSITION FAST AND THE TEAM DOESN'T END LIKE THE OLD DAYS OF NCK,CAMERON AND SHULA.

DAN, GOOD POINT THAT I LEARNED TODAY.
DAVID," WILDPAT" ,I ALSO HEARD IT FOR LONG TIME BUT WHAT THE HELL ,I ALSO HEARD PATATA MILLION TIMES BEFORE

sammo,

happy birthday to you
happy birth day to you
happy birthday sammo

in the land of the free
and the of the brave
GO FINS ,the wildcat will spread and the offense will destroy any thing in it's wake.

wild pat is weak, reminds me of the patriots. call it the WHITE CAT instead.

Champ. I agree with you. My point exactly, Henne has not proved anything yet, White hasn't proved anything yet, As I stated let them play! Both bring different qualities, which one is the future who knows??? Fact #1 White was drafted by Parcells early! Why, they have big plans on offense that Henne doesn't fit.

On the WildPAt thing...stupid to be naming it anything.

thx champ, but yea i think they are going to list pat as a wr just to avoid the whole 3rd qb rule the nfl has. No wonder they brought in an extra qb to tryout. he will probably be the third qb and alot cheaper than beck. The bad thing is that london,bess, camarillo, and wilford are all in danger of being traded/cut.

to be creative ,you have to have something original ,not to take a name like wildcat and call it wildpat and some one else call it wildmat and i come along and call wildmama. every body now copy every one like chinese toys

thanx jed yes miami s new attacks are going to keep even the most distinguished d coordinaters awake all night. im talking to you pats steelers jets titans etc, you all better stock up on 5 hour energy drinks. you will need them.

CHAMP - Why would you include Shula with Nick and Cameron? When Griese went down, he had Earl Morrall to lead the team in 1972. You are probably too young to remember that was a pretty good year. Morrall started more games that year than Griese. When Woodley struggled, Shula had a pretty good back-up ready to go. You might remember a guy named Marino. Right?

That QB was still slinging it when Shula left, so how does Shula fit into your scenario of coaches in 'the old days' who failed to have a good back-up QB? He doesn't.

P.S. Don't forget Don Strock, either.

You don't name an offense after one player. The Wildcat is the Wildcat and the spread offense is the spread offense.

Do the Pats call their spread offense the "Brady Spread"? No.

stating the obvious, THE GREAT TEAMS ALWAYS HAVE MANY GOOD PLAYERS NOT JUST 1 OR 2 LIKE THE 1-15 TEAM WE HAD AND IT HAD 1 OR 2 OK PLAYERS BUT NOW WE MANY GOOD PLAYERS AS YOU SAID LET THEM PLAY .
dan, FINS CAN HAVE BESS,CAMARILLLO,LONDON,WILFORD AND WHITE ,WHY NOT .THE MORE GOOD THE BETTER AS LONG AS THEY ARE 100 PERCENT INTO FOOTBALL AND NOT LIKE JASON THE BIZ MAN

There is no way Armando would know if Ellis can play NT at the pro level. The coaches don't even know because they don't have the pads on yet.

CHAMP - There's this little key over on the left side of the keyboard, says something like 'Caps Lock'. You've been utilizing it backwards, dude. Unless, of course, you think what you're saying deserves to be shouted above all else here. It doesn't.

P.S. You're not fit to sniff JT's jock.

exactly mr. steams shula was always prepared on offense. now if only he could ve put that same effort towards giving danny boy a defense.......

Thomas sterns, SHULA HAD MARINO IN HIS BEST YEARS WITH A GREAT TEAM AND HE DIDN'T WIN ANY THING,WHAT ELSE DOES HE WANTS TO WIN ? A GREAT COACH WINS WHEN HE HAS THE GREAT QB MARINO WAS FOR A YEAR OR TWO BUT THANKS TO AN AVERAGE COACH THEY WON NO THING ,THEY JUST SOLD US SOME UGLY JERSEYS .
P.S...I NEVER WROTE SO MUCH IN ONE DAY

THOMAS STERNSSS, I AM VERY POLITE IN TALKING TO YOU BUT SEEMS THAT YOU CAN'T K.EEP YOUR MOUTH CLEAN MROE THAN 5 MINUTES.
WE DISAGREE ON JT,YOU THINK HE'S A GREAT PLAYER WHO NEVER WON NADA,ZIP AND I THINK HE WAS GREAT IN YOUR EYES CAUSE HE PLAYED WITH THE WORST FIN TEAM IN IT'S HISTORY. I WISH YOU WELL

Phinstorm, good point. However what he can observe is: Is he quick enough, big enough and compared to what they are asking him to do and his play against other prospects in Rookie camp how is he stacking up? Is he someone that could actually compete or in his opinion won't even get the chance.

pat white is more than quick enough. lets not forget he outran mikey vick and his 4.2 speed, whites former coach said he is faster than steve slaton who impressed last season. also white added 12 lbs of muscle b4 the draft to get to 206. he wiil get bigger thanx to the trifecta s awesome weight training program.

Mr. Salguero,

As an esteemed barrister & solicitor north of the 49th parallel, it is my unpleasant duty to inform you that my son, Nathaniel Dodsworth, Jr., was the first to coin the term "WildPat." (see letters to the editor, Toronto Sun, April 29, 2009). I do not wish to impugn your integrity, since in my many years practicing law I have witnessed numerous instances of "dual invention," coming by quite honestly, with no intention of plagiarism. Nevertheless, I must insist that you cease and desist your use of the term "WildPat," lest you be the subject of a frivolous, annoying, protracted and ultimately fruitless lawsuit.

My son is a good boy, Mr. Salguero. It gives me no pleasure to see him lying in the fetal position, sobbing uncontrollably and refusing to play with his Lego.

With Nathaniel, Jr. being indisposed, I shall carry on his tradition of "Some Observations."

1) Shannen Doherty didn't look very good in the first season of "Beverly Hills 90210," but my goodness she became one of the most beautiful women of all time in seasons 2 and 3. In season 4 she didn't something weird to her eyebrows, and she once again lost her looks.

2) Jack Kemp was a legitimate hero. Not only was he a great quarterback, but he was a great American who spent his entire political career doing his utmost to extend the American dream to all Americans regardless of race, creed or color. He was the ultimate "Happy Conservative," who, as George Will commented this morning, "didn't have an enemy and didn't know how to hold a grudge." He will sorely be missed.

3) History is replete with examples of husband and wife couples on television, where one spouse is decidedly older than the other. Esther Rolle (Florida) was much older than John Amos (James) on Good Times. Likewise, Isabel Sanford (Wheezy) and Sherman Hemsley (George) on The Jeffersons.

4) It's tough to think of non-ethnic celebrities with black hair and brown eyes. But James Garner comes to mind.

champ, shula was very good coach not great but you can't put him in the company of satan and cam ,he's at leas a notch over both of them

mr,nathaniel.the magic is back.
1-shanon always looked like she has a plastic face.
2.very true about kamp
3-weak, you can do better

CHAMP, wat about Joey Porter? he was on the 1-15 and so was Camerilo, Ginn, Crowder, Martin, Bell, Allen, etc... that year was all on Cam Moron, you can't criticise JT for being on a team that went 1-15 when he actually did a lot to help us win. bad coaching held us back or we would've been at least 5-11 which is still bad... Also Don Shula has the ONLY PERFECT SEASON AND THREE SUPER BOWLS!!! so how can you say he never won anything

Shula not great?

Good god Jed.

2 SuperBowl Victories, 6 SuperBowl Appearances with two different teams. At one time, the youngest head coach ever. The winningest coach in the history of the NFL. Won with two different styles of teams.

Damn, if that is not GREAT, I don't know what is.


HEY, CHAMP. I WAS A BIT RASH IN ONE COMMENT. I TAKE IT BACK. I APOLOGIZE.

IT JUST SETS ME OFF WHEN SOMEONE MAKES PRONOUNCEMENTS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. ESPECIALLY WHEN HE POSSESES SO LITTLE KNOWLEGE. IT IS CONSIDERED RUDE BY POLITE PEOPLE.

Shula never won anything? Other than a Super Bowl, a unique undefeated season and more games than any other NFL coach, I guess you're right.

JT never won anything? Other than the following while playing on a 'bad team':

From Wikipedia:

Taylor has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and the 2007 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the only league honor that recognizes both on-field achievements and off-the-field contributions. Taylor is also a six-time Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2002, 2004-2007), a four-time First or Second Team All-Pro (2000-2002, 2006), a two time NFL Alumni Association Defensive Lineman of the Year (2005, 2006), and the NFL Alumni Association Pass Rusher of the Year (2000).

Taylor has also won the "AFC Defensive Player of the Week" Award seven times which is fifth most ever by a defensive player, for the following performances:

10/13/02 vs. Denver: 5 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 FF
12/15/02 vs. Oakland: 8 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 2 FFs
11/23/03 vs. Washington: 9 Tackles, 2 Sacks
11/28/04 vs. San Francisco: 7 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR
11/27/05 vs. Oakland: 6 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 Safety
11/5/06 vs. Chicago: 3 Tackles, 1 Sack, 1 FF, 1 INT returned for a TD
11/19/06 vs. Minnesota: 4 Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 FFs, 1 INT returned for a TD
Along with winning seven "AFC Defensive Player of the Week" Awards, Taylor has also won three "NFC/AFC Defensive Player of the Month" Awards which is the third most ever by a defensive player (trailing only Bruce Smith and John Randle) for the following performances:

October 2002 - 15 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 2 FFs
November 2002 - 15 Tackles, 5.5 Sacks, 1 FF
November 2006 - 9 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 3 FFs, 2 INTs returned for TDs, 1 Blocked FG
Taylor has also won numerous team awards, including the Dolphins Newcomer of the Year Award (1997), the "Dan Marino" Team MVP Award a record four times (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006), and the "Don Shula" Team Leadership Award twice (2002, 2006).

What a slacker!

Please get a clue, champ. Once again I apologize for offending you. But, you're ignorance of Dolphin history is remarkable.


Oh, let's also remember that he was the coach of the NFL's only unbeaten team.

You still think Don Shula was not great?

sorry jed but matt has got you on that one.

kudos to you mr. sterns. that was awesome.

Fsudolphins13,AGREE WITH YOU ON THE COACHING MATTER BUT JT LEFT WHEN HE PUT HIS PERSONAL INTERS ABOVE ALL AND THAT'S A BIZ THING FOR HIM NOT ABOUT TEAM SPORT ANY MORE.
2-SHULA WON WHEN FOOTBALL WAS PLAYED LIKE SISSY SPORT.
thomas stearns....ALL THESE AWARDS SOUND LIKE WALL-MART SALES MAN OF THE MONTH.

P.S..I LOVE ALL THESE AWARDS THAT COMES FROM HIS FRIENDS .

Matt in NC....

i didn't know all that about dan shula, there for i admit my ignorance about ,the best football coach of our time if not ever Don Shula
thank you matt fo showing me the way.
SHULA COUNTRY

CHUMP - Once again you display immense ignorance, and arrogantly so. There are many rules in force today which protect players that would have beem laughable back when football was a 'sissy sport'.

Some rules after Shula leaves football:

1996
The five-yard contact rule will be enforced more stringently.
Hits with the helmet or to the head by the defender will be flagged as personal fouls and subject to fines. This is being done to protect the offense, particularly the quarterback.

1997 When a team fakes a punt and throws the ball downfield, pass interference calls on the two outside defenders who are actually trying to block a coverage man from getting downfield and might not even know the ball has been thrown have been eliminated.
No player may remove his helmet while on the playing field. Doing so will result in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Exceptions are during timeouts and between quarters. (The NFL has done this in an effort to "reduce taunting and overexuberant celebrations" and also "in the name of safety.")

1999
Clipping is now illegal around the line of scrimmage just as it is on the rest of the field.

2000
Celebrations limited to one player. Fines will be assessed for celebrations by two or more players.

2001
Protecting the passer will be emphasized even more.
Taunting rules will be tightened, with 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties flagged.

2002
The chop-block technique is illegal on kicking plays; it is illegal to hit a quarterback helmet-to-helmet anytime after a change of possession

HEY CHAMP/jed. Once again i see that you're making a lot friends on here. LMAO !

"Wildcat (renamed by Salguero as WildPat)"
--------------------
Too late. I have already have a trademark pending on "WildPat". You can have "Tuna Helper" though.

BLA BLA BLA I DONT LIKE JASON TAYLOR
BLA BLA BLA HE DOSENT PERFORM AND WONT FOR MIAMI
BLA BLA BLA WALMART.

Mike, WildPat was suggested to me by an emailer and I happily stole it -- with permission, of course.

And I already have a trademark on it. So too late.

BLA BLA BLA I LOVE JASON
BLA BLA BLA HE PREFORMS AND WON A LOT
BLA BLA BLA LEADERSHIP AWARD

mike, you lose

Armando: "will be blogging throughout the day on Sunday as the Dolphins wrap their rookie minicamp. The first practice begins at 10 a.m. so expect updates in the minutes and hours ahead. "

Where is the update......

can i have a trade mark on 1-15 cam

I'm working on it. Excellence takes time.

can i get a trade mark on "tuna helper" and "mashed potatoes" .

Mando, better google "wildpat" and get a good feel for how often, when it started, and how many different people are using it. Never "steal" and idea from an emailer before checking out who they stole it from.

i do have the trade mark of WILD PAT 6 month ago and my name is,Pat wild.the number of the trade marke i....fgd65784638bup

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