Limited work for Pat White in Dolphins loss

In April, Miami Dolphins fans throughout the country groaned in response to the team’s 2009 schedule, which opens with a trip to Atlanta, a home game against the Colts, and then a visit to the Chargers.

The first leg of that trifecta has resulted in a defeat for the Dolphins; the Falcons won the opener on Sunday at the Georgia Dome, 19-7.

The game featured limited work from rookie quarterback Pat White, the second-round pick from West Virginia who presumably was drafted to lead the Wildcat offense. 

White threw one pass that fell incomplete and carried the ball once, for no gain.  (Running back Ronnie Brown also took at least one snap as the Wildcat quarterback.)

The game was closer than the final score would suggest, with the Falcons outgaining the Dolphins only by 22 yards, 281 to 259.  But the Dolphins coughed the ball up three four times (once on a Chad Pennington pick, once on a Pennington fumble, and twice via Anthony Fasano fumbles) to none from the Falcons.

For the Falcons, Matt Ryan completed 22 of 36 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns — one to tight end Tony Gonzalez and the other to fullback Ovie Mughelli.

Running back Michael Turner, touted by Ryan in the preseason as an MVP candidate, gained only 65 yards on 22 carries, for a worse-than-Reggie Bush average of 2.95 yards per carry.

So it’s way too early for the Dolphins to give up, and too early for the Falcons to make reservations for Miami in February.

20 responses to “Limited work for Pat White in Dolphins loss

  1. So it’s way too early for the Dolphins to give up, and too early for the Falcons to make reservations for Miami in February.
    Disagree completely, but then I like Mike Vick as a a human being.

  2. I wonder how much—if at all—Hill & the 49’s performance today will factor into that decision.
    If Crabtrees’ as good as he and his agent have been yelling (cough unlikely cough), i think he’d want to at least be on a team that can make him look good.
    With an eye towards financial security/trade value—re: Moss on the Raiders -> Moss on the Patriots.

  3. 4 turnovers…..
    Pennington was sacked and fumbled
    Pennington threw and INT
    Fasano fumbled twice… (once when the Phins were about to score, what an idiot!)

  4. I’m a Dolphins fan. I watched the game. It was in no way closer than the score indicated.
    Jake Long looked like a drugged racehorse and Matt Ryan flat out missed a number of open receivers. Jason Elam also put on a shanking clinic.
    It was not a close game.

  5. game wasn’t close!! Falcon’s should have scored 27 pts or more. Miami better improve on offense or its a long year. Fal’s played a decent defense day and below avg offense day. Dolphins never in the game.

  6. The Falcons missed two field goals and an extra point. I think the Dolphins were only in the red zone twice the entire game. It was not close at all.

  7. Hey don’t be so hard on Turner. Bush ran 7 times for 14 yards today (2.0 / attempt) with a long of 10. Meaning his 6 other carries netted 4 yards (.67 / attempt). Turner was a burner compared to that.

  8. Hahaha. Close game?
    Keep on drinkin’ that haterade, Florio. You’re still holding on to the slim possibility that Ryan will be a bust.

  9. Florio…do you watch the games? Either you don’t or you secretly hate the Falcons, cause a close game this was not…Dolphins didn’t get in the red zone till like 4 minutes left in the game…come on now…give the D some credit

  10. why do you compare everyone to bush?
    does he set the bar for comparison to bad play?
    PS. Robert Meachem is no bust,
    Hes going to be FINE

  11. A Poem (#6)
    The Miami Dolphins came to the Dome today with their 3-4
    Michael Turner had trouble finding daylight, no open door
    Matt Ryan had a decent day throwing, completed 60%
    Spread the ball around nicely, to 6 receivers he went
    But he faced some pressure, landed twice on his back
    For the 2 Jasons, Ferguson & Taylor, each had a sack
    Pat White the Wildcat QB played several snaps, a deck of cards
    But overthrew an open receiver by many yards
    I believe it was Davone Bess who got past 2 Falcons that play
    That surely made all the Dolphins & fans neither happy nor gay
    Kicker Jason Elam missed 2 field goals & an extra point
    Made me so lizzed off I nearly dropped my joint
    The Falcons defense allowed some 3rd down conversions
    But overall were skilled & educated, a hospital of surgeons
    The Falcons D-line kept under 100 R. Williams & R. Brown
    Not too much rushing of the ball, up or down
    John Abraham & Kroy Biermann are sackmasters, rent or lease
    As they both got Chad Pennington for 2 sacks apiece
    This bodes well for next week with Carolina at the Dome
    As the Falcons will put the pressure on Jake Delhomme
    The mystical crystal ball sees Atlanta playing vicious & mean
    With a final score of Atlanta 27, Carolina 17!

  12. I’m a Dolphins fan and kudos to the Falcons. That defense was really (no pun intended) flying around the place. The funny thing was the guy that looked the youngest was one of the oldest on the Falcons D. Good luck to the Falcons and their fans!
    too bad the whistle had blown on the Camarillo catch. Oh and also those four turnovers too 😦

  13. So Florio, your a injury reporter or do you watch the games? Any body can watch the red zone! If your gonna get on the heavy traffic web zone know your stuff. The Falcon’s dominated the game and clearly out played the Dolphins. Other than that, I sure your on top of stuff. The game wasn’t close and if you watched you would know. Red Zone Shark!!!!

  14. The Dolphins looked like $h!t. There’s just no other way to say it. Pennington looked like a high school QB, and the defense couldn’t cover the pass worth anything.

  15. As a Dolphin fan I found our Defense to have played well, but when your team turns the ball over 4 times, you are sure to lose.
    The question I have is this, “Is the Falcon D THAT good, our our offense THAT bad?”
    I’m thinking a little bit of both. Abraham is a beast and the LBs especially Peterson played really well.
    I guess with no threat of the deep ball, it is easier for the Defense to hunker down a bit and play the underneath stuff.
    Btw, wtf has happened to Jason Elam? Once considered one of the best kickers in the league to missing 2 FGs and and XP.
    My hats off to the Falcons. They played a good game.
    The most encouraging thing to take away from that game as a Dolfan was their run D and Philip Merling’s play. He played like a man possessed.

  16. pennington wasn’t the problem, it was the o-line. the o-line wasn’t “jelling” at all, and the QB’s were running around for their lives yesterday. The Miami Defense was pretty solid, but it’s hard to make up for 4 turnovers.
    Fasano should be benched for the next game (at the very least) as punishment.

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