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What will happen to Pat White?

Posted on: September 7, 2010 10:57 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 10:57 pm
P. White was cut by Miami this weekend, and his NFL future is in doubt (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I saw Pat White play live three times when he was at West Virginia. He never failed to impress. Yes, he wasn’t the greatest thrower, but his athleticism and his field vision and his ability to do exactly the damn thing that he needed to do to lead the Mountaineers to victory were impressive.

He, simply put, is one of the best collegiate players I’ve seen.

But when Miami took him in the second round of last year’s draft, I thought it was just a tad high. Like two rounds too high. While I figured he wouldn’t be a star at quarterback, I thought he could remain in the NFL for a while if he could find a niche. Maybe be the next Antwaan Randle El (also selected in the second round) or Ronald Curry –athletic college QBs who caught on as NFL receivers.

Instead, it looks like White might be done after one lone season.

Pro Football Talk writes tonight that, after the Dolphins released him last week, nobody in the NFL has shown any interest in hiring him.

The problem, though White will go down as the greatest player in Big East history (and the guy who probably saved the BCS bid for the conference), is that he’s not big enough (6 feet, 190 pounds) and can’t take an NFL pounding (witness this video of last year’s Steelers game ).

Tonight, I asked, via a series of text messages, a former NFL player who followed White’s career at West Virginia what he thought about White’s NFL future.

Me: You surprised nobody seems interested in Pat White? Does his skill set just not work well in the NFL?

Him: Not really. I think he could help a team, but he would have to be willing to play another position while developing as a QB. Plus people are wondering why the Dolphins gave up on him after one year. But I think if he sticks with it, he can make it. Ala Jeff Garcia.

Me: How could you play another position and still develop as a QB? Doesn’t seem like there is enough time in the day.

Him: If he’s listed as a WR. He can still run scout team QB and do things like that. Would take doing extra.

But does White even want to play in the NFL? According to numerous reports, he had second thoughts about whether he even should return for his sophomore season. Thoughts of playing pro baseball again reportedly crept into his mind.

Maybe, just maybe, getting cut was the best thing that could have happened to White. Maybe the NFL isn't interested in Pat White, but maybe Pat White isn't interested in the NFL either.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:35 am

What will happen to Pat White?

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Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:03 pm

What will happen to Pat White?

I would go to the CFL for a year or so were I giving him advice and let the NFL see what he can do as a qb.  He could be another Warren Moon or Flutie in the CFL. I could see great things for him in the CFL.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:32 pm

What will happen to Pat White?

" i think the Redskins are a team that he should ask to go to and also the Eagles, he wont start anytime in the next 3 years, he's a major project."
1. If the Dolphins cut him he does not have to "ask" to go to the Redskins or the Eagles, his agent can just make the call but (2) the Eagles or Redskins would have to actually WANT him which, apparently, nobody does at this point, at least as a QB.  You have to ask yourself then are you willing to take  up a roster spot on a "major project"?  I.e. does he have enough upside, whether at QB or WR, to take the place of another player on your 53 man roster?  Fairly unlikely at this point.  If Pat White wants to continue his NFL career he will probably have to consider being on someone's practice squad for a while while he learns to either play QB or WR.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:11 pm

What will happen to Pat White?

Good hate post there, ggreenbrier.  Everyone has an opinion, but the stats support Pat White being possibly the best player ever to come out of the Big East.  Many of the Miami and Syracuse players were before the league existed.  He is the only starting QB ever to win 4 bowl games in any conference, including two BCS games.  The loss to the lousy Pitt team was in a large part due to the fact Pat White got injured in that game. I am guessing you never played football.

Back to the subject at hand.  It is a fact that PW just doesn't have the body to take the pounding that is the NFL.  The Steelers game proved that.  I thought Miami made a mistake using a 2nd round pick for him.  I always felt his best shot would be a Flutie-type CFL career.  It will be tough trying to get to the Major Leagues for a 23-yr old kid who hasn't played baseball for 6 years. 

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:26 am

What will happen to Pat White?

This is the major downside to college only offenses like the spread and triple option, they don't get the talented players ready for the next level.

Since: Sep 8, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:03 am

What will happen to Pat White?

WHo is the joke of a sports writer that prepared this posting about Pat White?  Seriously, the best ever to come out of the Big East? Please.....It seems that people are forgetting the likes of Donovan McNabb, Michael "Dog Hater" Vick, Marvin Harrison, all of those punks from Miami, etc. were all also in the big east, and  most were way better and more talented that Pat "Can't Stick" White, sorry WVU fans, but your boy couldn't even get past a lousy Pitt team late in the season to earn a trip to the title game.  At least McNabb choked during the first couple games of the season and recovered nicely to get that team back into contention by winning big games late in the season.  I think CBS should re-train their sports writers, because I haven't seen one article produced by them yet that made any sense whatsoever.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:41 am

What will happen to Pat White?

I think the problem with Pat White's performance last season was the fact that he only threw 5 passes yet ran 21 times...Obviously when he's in the game he's a running back in Miami's mind as far as last season looked. However that's not what he needs, he needs to play more as a qb to balance out his presence in the offense. I think he'll wind up playing football with someone this season, whether it's NFL, or UFL. White's status on the team wasn't helped by Chad Henne's decent performance, and the move to resign Chad Pennington. The x factor here however was Tyler Thigpen. He completed 28 of 49 passes for 2 tds, and 1 int. The more important factor was his 7 runs for 26 yards. He adds a running presence for their wildcat offense. He stands 6'1 224 much stouter for the hits he will take playing in the Pat White position. The reason you impliment the wildcat offense is to suprise people. When you run more than you throw from the position it's obviously no longer a suprise what will happen. I still don't understand ditching Greg Camarillo he would've been perfect in the slot with Marshall and Bess outside.

Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:10 am

What will happen to Pat White?

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