I never really understood why everyone has been hating on Pat White. Yes, he looks like a mighty midget in uniform, and his helmet is bigger than the majority of his body. But, come on, was he really meant to succeed last year??? He was brought in for his White package, at critical moments of the game more often than not, and would be coming off the bench "cold". Everyone here has been saying the detriment with the wildcat is that Henne would be coming off the field just as he is starting to "warm up". Arent these things kinda loosely tied?? Henne when he is warm, comes off for the WC and interferes with his rythmn. Pat White enters the game without any rythmn and plays a grand total of 5 plays or so, and never has the opportunity to get warm..... kinda unfair.
I think Pat WHite is an asset we have yet to utilize. I think he could be best used as a scat back during our 1st quarter WC plays. Let him use Pat Cobbs role from last year, just to get on the field, and whether be a decoy, or an actual WC threat (but not to have him as the trigger man). After he's had a few reps in the game, and been viewed as a "non factor" or a lulled decoy, thats when you insert the White Pistol package. Hes been on the field, gotten a sweat going. Seen how the D attacks him, and it wouldnt be so blatantly obvious that he is gonna tuck and run after the snap, because hes been on the field already, and in motion.
Defenses can see a mile a way when we are gona pull something slippery. This is something I didnt like about last year. The Wildcat lost its disguise when we started pulling the QB off the field in place of another RB or TE. Yes, we bulked up our strengths for the play, but when you see Henne run to the sidelines, you know a gimmick is on the way. Same situation, you see White trot onto the field and we all start thinking WHITECAT, or WILDPAT, here it comes..... the problem is this, how do we disguise the fact that White is coming into the game, without detracting from effectiveness? Simple, intrograte him into the offense gradually without the pressing need to use him!!!
Ok, think about it this way. First possession of the 1st quarter, no White. second possession.... you see White enter the game in a 4 WR set with Henne under center, goes in motion out of the slot and shimmies over to fake a screen, nothing happens...... 3 plays later he enters again, same position, goes in motion and fakes a hand off, and disappears into the LOS. Next quarter, you see him enter the game in WC set up, same position yet Ronnie as the trigger, goes in motion and nada. Next play, Hand off to Pat White in motion, fakes the pass, tucks it, turns the corner and gets a positive gainer....
Now the opposing team is clueless, cause he hasnt done a whole lot of anything, but hes been used a few ways. They assume he is being utilized in a motion slot package wheter WC or not. Then we throw him out there at QB for the Pat Package..... hes had a few reps to get the feel of the game, and can be unpredictable...... PLUS seeing him run out on the field without Henne out there, it doesnt neccessarily mean he will be under center, cause hes been used from the slot up until now. The predictability of the Pat White Pistol is gone, because the whole first half his role was setting the D up for this exact circumstance..... opinions?