The Dolphins are staying quiet about their plans for the Wildcat offense in 2009, but many observers are already reading between the lines.
Pat White will be a factor.
It makes sense, writes Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, to expect more out of the Wildcat after the team selected the West Virginia quarterback in the second round (No. 44 overall) of the NFL Draft. Last season, the team used the offensive set with RB Ronnie Brown despite just three plays out of the formation.
The Dolphins are already tinkering with new looks in minicamp, Hyde wrote.
- On Thursday, out of pads, in an otherwise uneventful practice, quarterback Pat White lined up as the lone back in the Wildcat formation — the WildPat, if you will. A couple of weeks ago, in a previous practice open to the media, White lined up as receiver for one play.
- No one stopped practice either time. No one pointed and yelled. But these represent the innovative Next Step.
Dolphins players and coaches have been told to stay quiet regarding the Wildcat. Hyde says that just feeds our imaginations.
- The mystery adds to the fascination of what’s to come. And to the fun of wondering how the pieces will fit. Sparano always said last year the Dolphins were “just scratching the surface” of this formation. The addition of White to become its Magellan shows why.
Aside from White and the Wildcat, Brown says he wants to take the next step.
Brown, who has just one 1,000-yard season in his four years in the league, told The Miami Herald that he considers himself among the best in the league at running back.
- ”My goal in this league is to be the best I can be and at the same time to be amongst the elite guys that do what I do,” Brown said. “Adrian Peterson does a tremendous job. LaDainian Tomlinson, Michael Turner, all those guys do a great job.
- “My goal is to go out and compete and be the best I can be and be as good or better than them.”