With the owners approving the latest “proposal” of the CBA more and more rules are starting to creep out. One rule in particular seems to be a huge benefit to the Miami Dolphins and specifically their use of the “Wild Cat” package. It also makes a Terrelle Pryor or a Brad Smith a lot more appealing.
In the past, teams were allowed to field a 45 man game day roster with a 46th player active who was designated as the “E3″ or “emergency QB“. Usually the 3rd string quarterback. If prior to the 4th quarter, that player came on the field, the starter and the second stringer could not return to the game. The NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to change that…well, the owners have voted to change that the players still have not…;)
Starting with the 2011 season, teams will be able to use 46 players on their active roster and there will be no restrictions on their play. So a third string QB could enter the game, run a couple of WC plays and then head back to the bench so Chad Henne or someone else can stand behind center. Some teams may opt out of activating three QB’s so that they can use that 46th man elsewhere.
For a team like the Dolphins, having a WC QB could be an advantage as the Dolphins have struggled to consistently throw the ball out of the formation. It’s something that will make an intriguing game day chess match as teams decide how to prepare for a team like Miami.