Are the Dolphins bringing the spread offense to the NFL?

According to a report by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins are trying to revolutionize pro football by bringing the spread offense to the NFL, most notably by using Pat White, whom the team drafted in the second round of last weekend’s draft.

“For the 30 minutes it takes to put in a Wildcat play it takes a defense a day to figure it out and work on how to stop it,” former Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson told WQAM radio last week.

White’s ability to not just scramble, but throw the ball with range and accuracy, will allow offensive coordinator Dan Henning and quarterback coach David Lee to add even more elements to the Wildcat offense. Lee brought the gimmicky formation with him from Arkansas.

Upon White’s selection by the Dolphins, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden predicted the spread offense was “officially in the National Football League,” and described White as “a Wildcat that can throw the football. He’s an electric guy.”

There’s a very simple explanation as to why more pro teams don’t use the spread offense like college teams do, and that’s because defenses are too fast in the NFL. Many teams had success using the “Wildcat” formation last year (especially the Dolphins), but don’t think for a minute that defensive coordinators haven’t been working on ways to shut it down.

When Michael Vick first came into the league, many people thought he would revolutionize the quarterback position forever. And while he did have a lot of success in certain offenses (i.e. Greg Knapp’s triple-spread option), defensive coordinators like Monte Kiffin found ways to stop him. Defenses eventually catch up.

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Dolphins waive Beck, White to get a shot at quarterback?

The Dolphins have waived former second round pick John Beck.

The draft class of one year HC Cam Cameron is getting thinner every day. The Miami Dolphins have announced the release, not the trade, of 3rd string QB John Beck. Beck rode the bench last year and never saw the field the entire season. After the Dolphins drafted QB Pat White over the weekend, it was evident that Beck’s future with the team was seriously in doubt.
The release comes following a weekend when the Phins likely tried to move the QB VIA trade, but it is obvious that the team couldn’t get anything in return. Beck started 3 games in his rookie season after being drafted in the 2nd round. He won no games.

Beck has a strong arm but his experience and age, 28 made him an unlikely candidate with this regime to not only see playing time, but stick on the roster. Earlier this off-season, HC Tony Sparano said that it would be hard to find Beck practice reps this off-season as they groom Chad Henne.

Beck becomes another 2nd round QB that the Dolphins have swung and missed on in the last few years. The Dolphins traded a high 2nd round pick for AJ Feely to Philadelphia, spent a high 2nd round pick on Daunte Culpepper, drafted John Beck with a high 2nd round pick, drafted Chad Henne with a low 2nd rounder, and of course this year spent the 44th overall pick, a 2nd rounder, on QB/RB/WR Pat White.

Hindsight is always 20/20, but what a brutal pick in the second round. Scouts knew that he played in a system that allowed him to put up gaudy numbers at BYU, yet they ignored that and just paid attention to his arm strength. Some team will likely give him a shot as a backup, but in his brief starting appearances in Miami, he was brutal.

Maybe this means that they’ll give Pat White – whom they took in the second round last weekend – a shot to play quarterback. Some envision White as a receiver at the next level, but he had the best scouting combine of any quarterback in this year’s draft, and that includes Mark Sanchez. White has the arm strength to complete all of the passes in the NFL and obviously has the mobility to make things happen with his feet. Clearly the Dolphins are going to find ways to get him on the field if they took him in the second round, most likely in their “Wildcat” formation.

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