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An update on Pat White from the Senior Bowl

While much attention has been focused on Tim Tebow this week at the Senior Bowl because of his struggles with center snaps, or his throwing motion, or his background working almost exclusively in the spread formation, I had to seriously shake my head.


Because even as so-called pundits and scouts and experts are ripping Tebow for not being ready to be an NFL quarterback, I think back to the not-ready-for-the-NFL quarterback the Dolphins used a second-round pick on last year.

Pat White.

Every issue Tebow has, White has. His throwing motion is a question mark. His drops from center and footwork were question marks. The fact he never played in a pro style offense was a quesion mark. And so if Tebow is a such a huge risk even in the second round (most folks are saying he's a middle round pick) why didn't anyone (including me) think White was a risk?

Boggles the mind.

The Dolphins can do nothing about picking White. He's on the team and they must hope he can progress from an unspectacular rookie season into a legitimate backup quarterback. That's why coach Tony Sparano was asked about White at the Senior Bowl this week.

"I think that he’s doing very well, certainly," Sparano said, no doubt remembering that White was literally knocked out of the season-finale against Pittsburgh. "Pat's not a guy to take a lot of time off or any of those things, so he’s getting right back at it. He’s got a pretty good itch. I was kidding him earlier in the week. I met his dad out here for the first time when we were over at Fairhope (High School) in the beginning of the week, so I sent him a text telling him his dad was better looking than he is. He immediately sent it back and talked about his hometown here and all that, you know.

"Pat is a real proud kid that way. But he has done a nice job for us, he really has. When you think about these young quarterbacks coming in and all that they have to do, and it’s a lot. You have to put a lot on their plate and you can’t spoon feed them. You have to be careful with that. So, from our end, our philosophy has always been to throw everything at them and see what sticks. With Pat, he had it a couple of different times. He had it in rookie camp. He had it in OTAs. He had it in training camp. And little by little he’s been able to grab more and more of our offense to the point that midway through the season he had total command of the whole package."

So White can come in the game and run the entire Miami offense if need be?

"He can really go out there with no limitations and run the offense that way," Sparano said. "Now there are still some fundamental things that we’re working with Pat on and that we want Pat to get better at, but this guy is so willing and has so much character that I feel like he’s going to continue to get better."

Well, there you have it. After one season the Dolphins are still working to correct White's fundamentals. After one season the Dolphins are also hoping White can actually complete a pass in an NFL game -- something he didn't do in 2009.

I hope White can make the giant leap from a struggling rookie to a viable backup in 2010. Again, no one is asking him to be ready to be the starter.

But he needs to get stronger. He needs to recognize defenses faster. He needs to get quicker with his drops. He needs to show the kind of accuracy he often showed in college but never showed in NFL games.

White has a long way to go. In that regard, he's a lot like Tim Tebow.


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WOW! I have to really put that in all CAPS....I Think NJ phins fan is having a melt down. Not only is he posting in under my name, stop the madness name, and who knows who else. That i can understand. its the fact that he is actually carrying on a conversation that makes him look so foolish.

Check it out NJ. If you need a friend hit me up at this website. www.fu.com leave a message on my page :-)

Fake kris at 10:34 pm

nj does this on both blog herald and sentinel. i just got tired of him! as a matter of fact im the one who mention home superbowl 2010 name and he immediately assumed it was him go back and check, first it was dying breed then cuban menace and finally oh its home superbowl 2010 who only is at the sentinel. nj is stupid he played himself tonite thats who doing all this fake name stuff trust me

what's up ace the diablo ??

Mando, I generally love reading your blog and keeping abreast of the Phins situation, and by all means, keep'em comin'. But sometimes I find myself completely disagreeing with u on certain points, and this is one of them. Pat White. A COMPLETE waste of a pick. Pat White is a guy that needs too much work to be even a backup. I can see him being a FOURTH or FIFTH round pick, and possibly a third string option - even next year. Don't get me wrong, I like the kid. I think he has heart, and ability. He was brought in last season in some of the toughest (and stupidest I might add) situations possible, and he really committed no major mistakes. But u mention in your blog, that nobody I asking him to be the starter. I disagree! In the NFL, the second string quarterback HAS to be capable of being the starter. He may not start off the season that way, but we all know how quickly that can change. And having a sub par guy in that slot can mean losing the entire season if he's called upon to lead the team. Going back to the pick, it wasn't a terrible waste. There were better players and better options for us. There have been many QBs that have gone in later rounds who have turned out to be not only capable, but stars in this league. But all of those QBs had fundamental qualities that although needing some fine tuning, they did not need CREATION - like height and size, for example. I hope the kid gets better, and I hope he sticks it out. But I also hope we don't go wasting draft picks on players that need reconstructing, rather than simply teaching, for a position as important as QB. Pat white will never be a starter in the NFL. Not in our offense... At least, not if we wanna take to the air. He's not that type of QB. So why do we want him in the backup slot again?

i'm going to cry , somebody is picking on me.

Mando need to find a better way to secure this site from losers like NJ with nothing better to do than troll around stealing screen names.

I'll be back when the rest of you are ready to talk football.

fake stop the madness at 10:36

fake kris at 10:38

how could I talk football if I don't know anything about it?

WTF is it with you and backup QB's?
The following teams backups produced less than Pat White this year: Green Bay, San Diego, Dallas, Minnesota, New England, Indy, New Orleans.
Get it?
The backup is not supposed to produce.

one more point the first nite, once he log out so did all the other names that keep popping up and i some how woke up early that morning just attacking ppl for no reason. it dont make since

5 pass attempts, that's it. Why do you keep mentioning and harping on the fact he didn't complete a pass in his rookie year? You make it sound like he was 0-30 or something. He attempted 5 total passes all year and he only attempted more than 1 pass in a game once, and that was 2 attempts in the last game of the season. That means he never got a chance to get any rhythm and when he did get playing time, it was to run an option play in the spread offense.

stopmadness/kris fake or real WTHell,

You worship of NJ is legendary even in He||.

Stop the Madness,

You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about, but you are fun to have a conversation with.

Poor little guy will never get it

" I don't make since " . you're right , you don't make sense. speak english.

" it don't make since " . i know , i don't make since .

the real KRIS uses a K and the fake kris has been use a k. WOW

donde esta el hombre que se llama aloco?

i see he has u under his little spell Ace

Joe Montana's backup had 0 complete passes his first 3 years on the 49ers.
His name was Steve Young.

ace , that was fake stop the madness. i make more since.


ok guys, I took Ace's advice and sign in blue, now NJ Phins fan can never pretend to be me again

any stop the madness in black from now on is a fake. game over NJ

Currently this blog has gone into waaaaayyyyy into left field...by the warning track near the f'king foul line

look now i'm in black.

nj you a funny guy! not being as good as you think you are must really hurt look over blown ego. your whole world centers around sports blogs!! did you ever play sports?? you go to hard at trying to win!!

Stop/madness, now there you go. Not painful at all.

see i told you i was in black , then blue and now back in black.


look how mad the fake stop the madness is in black at 10:59! lmfao!

stop the madness , your world centers around nj , which is more pathetic and sad.

ahhhh.... I see said the blind man


that is the fake stop the madness, I dont care about this NJ.

Who do you think the Dolphins will take at 12 pick?

i'm not mad , i'm attacking nj. how can i be fake at 10:59 ? lmao !

the one in blue has mental issues for real but all i have to say is F.G. and nj knows what that mean. you can have that name i will make new one. this is too funny especially since i admitted to not going to college and we all know nj went to big time college and he talks proper. that will be the telling sign b/c i dont talk proper or correct at all time unlike nj

that 's a fake stop the madness in blue. i can't speak or write english that good yet be able to space and start sentences on the next line.

nj you the best for real man. that was a classic last ditch effort to save your face. i never cared about signing in blue so why would i do it know, ask you boy ace

this crazy , i going to cry.

Fake stop the madness in black

What is f.g.?

lol! you never went to college?!? thats why this is so easy!

P.S. I am not NJ, sir. Goodnight, time to hit the city.

telling sign b/c i dont talk proper or correct at all time unlike nj

Posted by: stop the madness | January 29, 2010 at 11:06 PM
You don't make any sense

and for your last magic act next you will turn black too. b/c truth be told that what you will have to sell next

Ace , this idiot can't speak or write english. Do you actually think he knows how sign in blue ??

fake stop the madness at 11:11 pm. this crazy . .

fake cardoza at 11:14

there's only one cardoza. me

fake cardoza 11:18

telling sign b/c i dont talk proper or correct at all time unlike nj

Posted by: stop the madness | January 29, 2010 at 11:06 PM
You don't make any sense

Posted by: Ace | January 29, 2010 at 11:11 PM

man i only attacked nj, then the next day someone signs in under my name,and start attacking everybody else. the one thing i noticed is that nj attack people with quick one liners i never did that when the name was first made, my writing isnt the best, if you go back and read the post from the last two days they speak much different from me. the only reason i kept this going so long was b/c i had nothing else to do while watching HEAT game and i knew he would slip up. i have nothing against you ace, we never got into it bout nothing b4 so why now

Ace , this idiot can't speak or write english. Do you actually think he knows how sign in blue ??

Posted by: cardoza | January 29, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Cardoza, at this point I really dont care which one of them signs in blue. One has ownership of the name, so be it.

to cardoza, i just dont know what your problem is i never said one word to you, you just add your 2 cents b/c you're a fan aof nj, know someone is saying you had a fake post. go figure

stop.madness, we are not into "anything" I just dont know who the He|| I am talking to.


I think stop the madness is drunk

like cardoza told you if i knew what signing in blu meant i might have long before now. but like i said the blue one has serious issues. you have to read the word and say to yourself is he black or white(black) and does the other one mess up just b/c he's trying too. i dont puntuate like the blue one thats the difference

stop the madness, nobody gives a crap about you or your nonsense. either talk about football or please get lost and leave this blog sir.

I think stop the madness is drunk

Posted by: cardoza | January 29, 2010 at 11:24 PM

i need a drink after this bs, i just wanted to know why would someone use a name i made up four days ago and haven't use till tonite when i questioned why someone else has been using it

Menace vs Home Superbowl

Get your crazy tickets here

Superbowl in the Blue corner

and Menace in every other corner

cardoza have you not noticed there are four ppl hear!! u, me,ace and nj many faces

Fake LMAO @ 11:30

Hey, this is fun!!

fake cardoza at 11:24. stop the madness isn't drunk , he's just a moron.

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