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The dynamics of the White-Henne competition

I cannot begin to tell you how many e-mails have flooded my Outlook box since the draft, wondering about the dynamics of the looming Chad Henne vs. Pat White competition.

Can I give you one man's opinion?

Don't get too worried about this competition deal. Having witnessed only four rookie minicamp practices I can tell you Pat White has a loooong way to go before he can compete with Henne. And, by the way, Henne has a loooong way to go before he can be considered an NFL starting quarterback.

Thank God for Chad Pennington!

Pennington should be the starter at the beginning of the 2009 season, assuming he is healthy. Where things go beyond that will be determined by Miami's record (are the Dolphins contending in 2009 or so far out of the picture they need to look to 2010?), how well Pennington is playing, and how fast Henne and White are progressing.

But let us forget 2009 for the moment. It is an unquestionable fact the Dolphins are expecting a quarterback transition prior to the 2010 season. It will be either Henne or White if Bill Parcells' plan is followed. I still believe it will be Henne.

Why? He has the superior arm. He has the superior pocket presence. He is not as mobile as White, but neither is he immobile. And I have never seen him overmatched by any situation or circumstance during his 12 months in Miami. 

White? You have to understand I've only seen four practices so this will be a fluid and too-early call on a rookie. But unless he has an arm transplant, it isn't likely to get a whole lot stronger. And unless he's about to get a leg extension, he isn't likely to get a whole lot taller.

His arm is good enough, but not great. He sailed quite a few passes during the practices this weekend. His mid-range and short-range throws are excellent. His ability to read and recognize was decent, considering he learned the play only hours before running them. But his deep outs and 9-routes (deep up the sideline) throws were unimpressive to me. They get there, but not with the velocity of a Henne pass.

That does not guarantee White cannot become a better quarterback than Henne and a fine quarterback overall. Arm strength is only part of the equation for an NFL quarterback. But off the blocks, White is behind on both his size (which is important to staying healthy and seeing over the blockers and rushers) and arm strength.

If you are wondering why I haven't mentioned Henne's one-year advantage over White in experience, it's because in 2010 that might not be a factor. White, you see, will see more game action this season than Henne if Pennington continues playing well. Absent a change at the starting job, Henne will sit while Pennington starts. And White will play more than Henne as he contributes to the WildPat spread option package.

Many of you were thrown off by general manager Jeff Ireland's point that White will be exclusively a quarterback at first and would compete with Henne in the future. What about that is troubling? This is what he must say. This is how it must be.

Can you imagine picking a guy in the second round and setting the ceiling at playing only in the WildPat package? The last time that happened was when Cam Cameron announced Ted Ginn Jr., the ninth overall pick, was going to be a special teams guy. It's a disastrous approach.

So Ireland set the bar high for White and, in so doing, gave the rookie something great to shoot for while also sending a message to Henne. The message: You've not won the 2010 starting job yet so don't get all comfortable and cocky.

The Dolphins win all around with their current situation. Henne is motivated. White is motivated. And the team has a great competition in the offing.

If Henne wins the competion, which I predict he will, the Dolphins have a promising young QB as the starter and a backup quarterback, who also has promise but will not be simply holding the clipboard waiting for an opportunity. The backup will be contributing (hopefully) in the WildPat spread option package the Dolphins hope to eventually unleash.

If White wins the competition, the Dolphins have a mobile quarterback with a good enough arm that is obviously so intelligent and sound that he beat out a more experienced player. And the Dolphins still have waiting in the wings a hungry Henne who will be doing all in his power to reclaim something he will see as being rightfully his.

We have a term for this in my country. Win. Win.

By the way, to answer some reader questions, yes, the 2010 Dolphins probably would want a veteran quarterback added to fill out the QB corps. That experienced QB could be Pennington if he's willing to accept a diminished role. Or it could be some other player if Pennington finds an opportunity to compete for a starting job elsewhere. Pennington is currently unsigned for 2010.

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in your case.....it's offensive .

Wow

I seem to have upset some people here at the site today(truely not my intention)

Just havin fun with all the other laid back Phin Lovin Fans

And if you aint a laidback Fan thats ok too

My apologies and future Apologies in advance if I upset you again

Soiled (Wow)

soiled, how can you afford to pay for your electric bill ?

I posted First on this Blog . Here was my quote. " first. and we want more poems " . Why was this deleted ? . Nothing offensive! This is BS/

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'WildPat' sounds stupid Armando...what are you like 10 years old? How did you get this job? No wonder the Herald is in the gutter...

I have no control over what is and is not deleleted

I work as an Administrator for a construction company thats how I pay my electric bill

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soiled, may be working in the Herald .

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I await your counsel Armando

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ARMANDO,
Since you're in such a clairvoyant mood, what are the chances of seeing Vince Young landing in Miami, assuming this WildCat package has a longer shelf life than presumed...

Dudes

Yall need to relax and smoke a fat 1 or throw back a cold 1

I'm just a guy in NC that luv's the Phins
and is havin some fun


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If White were white or, more accurately, not slight, lame-os like Armando could see that he actually throws a flatter deep out than Henne. That's my one concern about Henne; even his SHORT outs are a bit lob-y, even though his velocity when parallel to a throw is nice. 'Course for that matter, if Omar of the Lauderdale SS was not short, or Patrick Turner was, that guy could see that Turner is not "stiff" for a guy his weight and strength. We might not see any catches out of him like Sean Smith's LEGENDary college interception... but, that's Randy Moss material... and I can't wait to see Smith go up against Moss. And is it just ignorant sportswriters, or can The Sopranos really not see that we could still use a passing-down END, in addition to two probably great rushing linebackers... and that Merling would likely learn as much from Taylor as he would from playing lots of passing downs at this point? Ya think Brady wants to play against Porter, Taylor, and Wake, with three capable corners and some Welker-whacker safeties?

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This organization has made it clear that Henne is the future and Pat White will run the wildcat on a permanent basis.
Pennington is a great leader but is limited and is aging.

Question,
I have a feeling that there is not going to be a standard group of players this year in the wildcat formation. I believe the coaches are going to rotate several different player combinations, Such as P. White in Pennington’s old role as WR and R. Brown in his same position taking the snap. I also could see P. White in R. Browns old role as the QB and Pennington still on the field as the WR(two live arms, defenses will worry)

That being said, I think the most used Wildcat formation will have R. Brown taking snaps and P. White playing Pennington’s last season role of WR. It is after all a predominant running formation. So it is still Ronnie Brown's show. I love the Pat White pick and think he adds a dynamic dimension to the offense.

First a statement,
The Fins will have R. Brown on the field as much as possible.

Now the question,
What is R. Browns role in the wildcat if P. White is taking the snaps?

And i don't think the answer is Ricky's role last year, sweeps/reverses? Not Ronnie’s game.

What do you think Armando?

It is depressing to think that they used a 2nd round pick on a guy who will likely never play more than 10 plays a game. I'm choose to believe in the fantasy that White is capable of being a great QB in the NFL.

In the meantime, he can help out in the HenneCat.

WE WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL ,PAT WHITE I S THE FUTURE AND HENNE IS THE PAST.ON WITH WILDPAT FUTURE AND DOWN WITH OLD HENNE,IN FACT HE GETS OLDER EVERY DAY AS WE SPEAK AND HE NEVER WON ANY THING.
GO FINS 3 OMEGA FOOD AND ALMONDS

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CHUMP, I AM TALKING WINING IN 2009 AND THE SUPER BOWL GAME WILL BE HOSTED IN MIAMI IN 2010, SO CHUMP,IT'S OKY TO MAKE A MISTAKE. I STILL LOVE U, MY NAMEIS CHAMP NOT LIKE YOUR SORRY NAME CHUMP,IT'S OKY.I WILL ALWYAS LOVE YOU

PAT THE WILDPAT HAS BIG STRONG ARMS TO MAKE THE FOOTBALL FLY TO TED GINN THE GREAT AND HENNE CAN LEARN PLENTY FROM THE MASTER OF THE WILDPAT PAT WHITE.
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Please, Henne is the perfect QB. Pat is a gimic QB. He will be utilized as a "Hines Ward" type reciever and should be excellent at it. Tough, quick, and knows what a QB is thinking. RELAX!!!!

how could u guys consider this guy a lock already after like 2 practices Please.

Ok fellas,
Y'all need to chill with your stupid comments. We're all Dolphin fans here. Having said that, I've always been a Pat White fan, ever since seeing highlights of him dazzling defenders and breaking their ankles. This guy is phenomenal! I was praying that Dolphins would take him, and guess what? My wish came true.
Picture this, Dolphins-Jets, 4th quarter, score Dolphins 17, Jets 21. 1 minute remaining, and we have the ball on their 40-yd line. The Dolphins line up in the Wildcat with White taking the direct snap.
20 secs later, the crowd erupts after White make a mad dash to the end zone making one defend miss after another.
Now how long has it been since we've had a playmaker like that in here?
Not since Dan "Nutri-system" Marino!

I would like some clarification on the NFL rules for third string quarterbacks entering the game. I believe (and correct me if I’m wrong) that the third string quarterback can only enter the game in the fourth quarter. If he enters in any previous quarter, then the starting quarterback can not re-enter the game. This is why Ronnie ran the Wildcat last year with Chad split out at receiver. If this is in fact the actual rule, then the Phins will have no choice but to either: 1) run the WildPat all game or 2) have him play at receiver.

listen, draft a Qb every year, right now we have decent guys keep drafting potential Qbs and maybe we will develop a Brady or a P. Manning some year. I say keep drafting, same with a running back Brown's awesome when he hits the hole without hesitation, but when Brown doesn't run with authority he well he sucks, sorry but the truth hurts.... Ronnie you need to stop dancing and run over them boys, that's your style and thats when your at your best. prediction::::: 9-7 and miss the playoffs

So White has a long way to go but you've only seen 4 workouts? Talk about an obvious Henne lover. Pat white will be the next Dolphin starting QB after Penny.

Mando, EXCELLENT blog. Some of your best work ever in my opinion. Definitely top five and I have absolutely nothing to add. Great job!

Mando, EXCELLENT blog. Some of your best work ever in my opinion. Definitely top five and I have absolutely nothing to add. Great job!
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Armando,

I enjoy your blogs always have. I really can't find anything negative to say about them, besides the occasional attempts to create non-stories on certain topics, everything else is very informative and interesting. But for the love of GOD PLEASE stop with the WildPat. It is the Wildcat. WildPat sounds lame and weak...

AMEN LAPFRO!

Armando,

Great article! I agree with you the the competition (or perceived competition) will make both Qb's better, but Henne will end up winning out... But I also agree that if Pennington has another good year and maybe wins a playoff game, that the Dolphins would definitely re-sign him (they would be stupid not to)...

Lmao at calling out Many Me!

Hey souljahbeats,

I started posting on this blog a couple of months ago and do not know who this many me is. Who is it supposed to be?

entertaining column/post Mando; thnx.

Enough with the WildPat nonsense. It isn't clever and it isn't accurate - when did you get to name NFL formations? Reading this crap might be worthwhile if YOU actually played football and could make valid evaluations of talent. Reading your articles over the past few years demonstrates you don't have much football knowledge and certainly can't evaluate quarterbacks. Just report the facts and leave the Madden player analysis at home.

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Way to go Coach.. Armando bashing at it's finest...gotta love it.

Bunglito stop talking like a retard. Are you
Hizzzzzzzpanic? Tu eres latino?

si. and stop talking like a retarted azzzzzzz

NY phin fan. why you talk to bunglito like that ? he only agree with jet in love,

i think you are absolutely incorrect. anyone who knows football will tell you that pat white career at west virginia was twice as stellar as chad henne, and he didn't have any problems throwing behind those big offensive lines. there are plenty of hall of fame quarterbacks who don't stand 6-4, and plenty of 6-5 quarterbacks who passes get knock down at the line of scrimmage (eli manning-kerry collins-brad johnson when he started) i thought your article was ridiculous and not well researched. if chad henne was so great, he would't still be carrying a clipboard. BIG TUNA is pissed that he passed on Matt Ryan for this clown. Two years as a back-up quarterback for a 2 rounder who suppose to be the franchise, but can't beat out an even weaker arm aging quarterback name pennington, but you have the nerve to say pat white's weak arm is what would cause his to lose a quarterback battle with chad henne. your words are contradictory and hypocritical. it seems to me the powers that be are not using 2 round picks on a guy who is only going to have a limited future as a back-up. parcells is more intelligent than that and anyone who watch pat white 4 year career at west virginia knows chad henne is not in that guys class. don't forget pat white was drafted higher than chad henne was in the second round, which means they think more of him than chad henne, cause they had no quarterback when they drafted henne, but had 3 on the roster when they drafted pat white. do your homework armando, and stop running off at the mouth because you need something to talk about. if chad henne has such a looong way to go before he catches pennington, then he's not the future. pat white is.

cletus,have you ever seen the add on nfl network where eli manning is in the huddle with the kidds telling them the play and the one kidd says WHAT.thats all i could think about when reading your comment i was cracking up, very funny stuff.

soiled bottom=alien=Dfan=RexRyanSUCKS=huban menace
posts signed last night wtith JET IN LOVE and GO PATS are REXRYANSUCKS THE VOLDOMORE OF OF OUR TIME AND ARMANDO KNOWS THAT I WAS NOT THAt CREEP.

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THIS GUY MUST HAVE A HOOD OVER HIS HEAD CAUSE HE HATES EVERY ONE WHO'S hispanic

what are u guys talking about..

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