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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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wow now someone is posting under my name. pocket i don't go over the posts and decide who has multiple posts. i read what people write and comment only.

Dear The Cleaning Proom

My last post on this article yesturday was at 5:23 pm.

If bill parcells cuts a fart
Does it count against the cap

Not my best work

Soiled :)

to the cleaning broom, nice name but i think you don't know that all these names you wrote down could be very well many people cause many
of the people on this blog love to play name games, so don't lose sleep over it

do you mean silent fart with fume or noisy one with no power punch like ted ginn

I am not Fagatron or other imposters.

i hope that every one notice no one came to deny that he's not soiledbottom from my list

This blog is silly

Id like to ask a question to the blog.

Who has the coolest nick name?

My three are:

1) Carlito from Golfito
2) Mr Bunglito
3) Poking Device

Ok Folks

This is my last post for this article

See you in Armando's next article

Soiled :)

one of the best NBA coaches is the orlando magic coach,he did a great job building this team, they really look great as team after i saw their win last night against the celtics

What's up?

White will suprise all of you. Hopefully he will be the QB of the future miami would be lucky>



I wonder if Pat White will have a hard time adjusting from all of the squirrel, raccoon, and opossum he was eating in West Virginia to the Stone Crab, Snapper, Ceviche, Salads, Jamaican Patties, Oxtail, Rice and Beans, and fine cuts of Steak he will be eating in South Florida? Could this affect his game?

the steelers released larry foote 2day. anyone think there is a chance miami would sign him to challenge akin for the mlb spot. foote isn't flashy but he has a ton of exp, in the 3 4 and he is a great tackler and has good recognition skills.

Foote already has a contract on the table with the Lions.

thanx soulja i didn't see that. do you think he would've been a good addition?

i'm leaning towards fagatron, i mean that s, is funny. penne throws for 2,978 yds, ronnie will cover 867yds,& ricky goes 746yds. oh than the ginn's do about790yds, but we will have to check the clip board, stay tunend.

Yeah, maybe, I don't really know if he would have been an upgrade over Crowder, Ayodele, or Torbor, but I'm sure if Tuna and Sporano wanted to get him, they would have made a move.

cavs what?

good point souljah. im a michigan fan so im a bit biased but in akins defense he did have a few tipped passes turn into picks. not to mention the 1 or 2 he had last year. parcells and co. are pretty fast to jump on players.


Thanks. I was wondering about that.


henne is awesome i had the privledge of watching him at michigan. pat white is perfect for the wildcat. i don't think miami has ever had a qb with his overall skills. some say white will only be in 8 to 10 plays a game in the wildcat. but remember miami is installing the spread offense a system pat white ran to perfection in college. he will be used more than anyone thinks.


Don't know if it will affect Whtite's ability, but we will see.

I agree Carlito

ok here is to what Smoky McBandit had to say ("Ok, here's another situation everyone seems to be completely discounting: Pennington leads the Fins to a second consecutive AFC East crown and wins a playoff game or two. Under this situation, do you really think the Fins would turn over the reigns to an untested 2nd year QB? I just do not get all this "Pennington is our QB this year but after that it'll be one of the rookies" talk. I mean, why do this to Pennington?") Here is the reason and you may not a gree but by being open about it they are letting Penne know from the get go what to expect that way he dose not feel stabbed in the back like the jets did and he knows he will be replaced in two years. what the phins tell us now they have i am all but sure told pene last year. now thats not to say they cant change there mind if penne does realy good and henne is not progressing as should. i guess what i am saying is in this cut throaght biz they are doing the right thing by not miss leading any one. plus we cant afford all three i dont think.

Where did everybody go?

Where are waiting for a new blog post by mr pessimism


You are waiting to post first aren't you?

I need to succeed in being # 1 to put it in my dear diary.

BREAKING NEWS.......Marino to re-sign with Dolphins to retake the record books from I haven't taken a shower in 5 years Farverevere or what ever his name is......Chad, Chad, and the wildguy all will be fifth string back ups to The Man......

Where is Ted? I thought he and his family were drafted to play with me? He better be damn good as an offensive person to make up for this, because I'm in need of some good company!

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