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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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The guy who posted as me before is a fake. This is my first post today. Please everybody let us settle down. Patriots #1

free country we live in. at least 4 now. i will say what i like until otherwise shut down. why so much anger? i have seen worse on this blog and everyone seemed just peachy with it,

We all love you sammo. You are so cool. We all wish we could be 1/10th cool that you are. Oink

f you Optimus Prime,you go do it

I will proceed at 1800 hours. Possible homosexuality detected ...Question sir optimus why would we need info of our Phin staff in breifs?

i love to eat cake in the middle of the day

i love to toss salad allday. With bacon bits and ranch though....

don't you know fagatron, we found your papa

yesssssssss,bunglito in the house

If they are in briefs they will listen to our suggestions for starting lineups and using Wilford as a OLB

Papa Cocida o papa sucia?

Optimus Prime, where were you born in mexico?

sarcasm you gotta love it. oink.

Of course Optimus, this Must be how they took our idea in codsederation to put ferguson as Corner back and Solia as safety!

sammo, were you born in mexico?

Papa loca, ayy dios..

sammo se la traga con peloz ..

nope. american made my friends. knoxville tenn. home of kissing cousins incest and three eyed babies. only till i was 2 tho. now im a city boy home of pretty much the same things.

I am from Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico.

fagatron out.......

I am from reynosa front tamps from a place called el zumbido.

by the way spanish wasn't my h.s. language course. i took sign language so keep the insults in english.

Do any of you have six fingers on your right hand?

who is insulting sammo?

Watch out, Sir Mamando will be off duty at 3pm and our insightful posts will be deleted.

Time to turn back into a truck

nope just the 4 fingers and thumb i was born with. tho some of my kin not so lucky. my apologies fagatron. i made an assumption. won't happen again good sir.

lmao at mamando ..

TIme to turn back into a hot dog van.

Does anyone know how i can treat this?

sammo, were your father born in mexico ?

sammo, can we get to gether to talk more in person? i really like you a lot

i belive i might know a great doctor, who has been known to cure such illeness.

i honestly have no idea fagatron. met him only once when i was 14. the only thing he disussed with me was how to get out of child support. he died 10 years ago so i guess he figured it out.

any chance i could be your daddy sammo since we love the same things

dont worry. If you need a father figure, I can assist you.

I'm crispy yet juicy.

Please no more posts about personal stuff. Only Dolphins stuff

sammo, be carful ,optimus is guy.not that there's any thing wrong with it.

sure y not? do you have any reservations meeting at a bus station? i hear they are much cleaner than they used to be.

Sammo yo soy tu papa.. U are the fruit of my loins.

i know im just having fun . optimus only if i get my own autobot ride. and megan fox.

u guys im getting sik and tired of this ,please just football talk ..

cuban cream
in my dream
soiled bottom
fagatron creep
optiums please
take sammo and

What about both personal items that relate to Dolphin stuff. I once had a personnel dolphin that swam and stuff. Anyway If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong though. It's Hambone. Speaking of ham I am hungry. For you mexicanos... yo tengo hambre ...comprende? Anyway I am so hungry again. If God dwells inside us like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that's what He's getting tonight.

no more personal i agree. gotta go . someone named chris hanson just called me to set up an interview. he never calls the pervs right?

im out guys be back later 2 nite.

Dear All the people on this blog

I will not be bullied by your strong and polite words ( Please leave )

Soiled :)

No more stinko de mayo talk either

ok, soiled you allowed to stay but only if you give us a taste of your nice poems.

All the people on this blog

Dear Madams and Sirs I dont really consider myself a Poet. Please allow me some time to think about it.

Soiled :)

ok, soiled,but mean while,give us a tour in your head and tell the folks what soiledbottom the name means to you ?

lets all move to the Palm beach post.
This blog has gone down in flames

Dear Pocketful of crap

Bye (Big Wave Big Smile)

Soiled :)

good try Pock full of Crap aka spoiledbottom aka Fagatron

All the people on this blog

Dear Madam and Sirs

There's not much to me but a Bottle in front of me and a Frontal Lobotomy

Soiled :)

Sammo, I am not those scums you mentioned.


you sound real POCKET,forgive me.why in hell armando isn't deleting this guy soiled aka rex and 23 other names he wrote with today

I also resent those comments posted by that guy who said those things about that other guy

Soiled :)

Dear Samm

I believe the moderator can tell by IP address ( I could be wrong )if I posted with multiple names.

I only post as SoiledBottom no other names

I have not posted anything offensive to my knowledge

I have posted future apologies in a previous post if you feel I have offended you ( please use apologie now )

Feel better ?

Me too :)

Being friends is so much fun

Soiled :)

names used today by soiled ONLY on page 5 and page 6
optimus ptime
rex the lemperrrrrrrr
diego montoya
lambe huevs
mamando el elgujero
phillip markoff
deep fried boner

soiledbottom, you can change your IP as you want every time you post

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