Around the AFC East, Week 1: Miami Dolphins

Each Friday during the off-season, Buffalo Rumblings dedicates our front-page space to learning a bit more about the inner workings of the Buffalo Bills' three biggest rivals - our AFC East counterparts.  We continue our Friday breakdown of our hated enemies with a discussion of those irritating Miami Dolphins in a sit-down with Matty I of The Phinsider.

Out of every draft pick made this season, one of the best fits was the Miami Dolphins' selection of West Virginia QB Pat White.  Few picks made that fateful draft weekend better combined a great college player, a perfect offensive fit and first-year opportunity than Miami's selection of White.  Blessed with a rare skill set, White will likely take command of the Dolphins' "Wildcat" offense from the outset - and his big-play ability as a passer or runner from that look makes Miami's offensive attack all the more dangerous.

Exactly how much playing time will White see next season, however?  And has RB Ronnie Brown taken his last snap as the "Wildcat QB"?  Matty I takes center stage to address those questions...

I think the obvious question surrounding the Dolphins right now is how rookie QB Pat White will be involved as a 'Wildcat' quarterback next season.  So I'll ask you this way: relative to the amount of playing time that starter Chad Pennington gets, how much do you expect to see White on the field next season?  Will Ronnie Brown ever take another snap as the 'Wildcat' QB?

Matty I: That seems to be the million dollar question among Dolphin fans right now.  How does this coaching staff plan on using Pat White?  We know that they envision him as a quarterback – GM Jeff Ireland has said as much.  But both Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano have also made comments about how much they like White’s versatility.  I think he’s going to be used in a number of different ways.

But it’s impossible to predict exactly how things are going to work out in year one of Pat White’s career.  Right now, the Dolphins are not surprisingly letting any info leak about how they intend to use White.  And odds are that’s how it’s going to be until the regular season.  But if I had to guess, I’d say that White is going to see a fair share of opportunities – likely out of the ‘Wildcat’ formation.  But Sparano also made it a point to compliment the job Ronnie Brown did as the ‘Wildcat QB’ – saying Ronnie was “tremendous.”

So I don’t think Ronnie’s days taking snaps out of the ‘Wildcat” are over just yet.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some formations where both White and Brown are in the backfield together – with the snap going to Ronnie.  And that’s just one way – out of many – that White might be used.

If nothing else, the offense just got a whole lot more unpredictable and entertaining when the Fins made White the No. 44 overall pick in the 2009 draft.

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I'll be honest - I love the 'Wildcat'.  I hate that the Dolphins were the team to revitalize and re-imagine the attack, but the offense itself is fun to watch.  Outside of perhaps Michael Vick in his non-dog-fighting heyday, White is probably the best college quarterback to emerge that fits the skill set demanded of this offense.  They'll use him - and don't forget that for four years, White was one of college's most devastating playmakers.  I, at least, think he's going to be a problem for defenses last year.

Y'all, of course, are welcome to confidently disagree with my viewpoints on both the offense and the player.  This is a hated rival I'm talking about, after all - and in May football discussions such as these, testosterone and team pride generally win out.  What say you, Bills fans, about the Dolphins, the Wildcat and Pat White?

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