Miami Dolphins Update: Is There Progress With Ernest Wilford At H-Back?

m gContributor IJuly 5, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28: Ernest Wilford #18 scores a touchdown and celebrates with Davone Bess #15 of The Miami Dolphins against The New York Jets during their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ernest Wilford is a former Miami Dolphin wide receiver.

For some reason, Mr. Wilford is still a Dolphin after being considered a letdown for the position of wide receiver last year.

Credit coach Sparano for sticking with his guy and adjusting to what the Dolphins are now doing on offense.

Adding to the confusion of the "wildcat" by drafting West Virginia quarterback Pat White, it seems the Dolphins are content with switching players around who can fit different offensive schemes instead of just cutting them and messing up their salary cap position for next year.

On top of that, the Dolphins held their frustrations about Wilford inside because he showed up for every practice, every meeting and every game. That speaks volumes about his character and the type of players that make up this team.

Wilford would have played more if Davone Bess didn't make the amazing strides he did in his first season. Bess was undrafted and made the team as a free agent.

Being a better teammate, which is just as important for Wilford, has allowed the offense to flourish with the same players for the last half of the season.

This season starts out optimistically for Wilford as he positions himself to be possibly the sixth wide receiver, third tight end, or both. He could even be seen in the backfield during some formations as the h-back (a roving blocking back in the backfield used as a decoy mostly for short yardage situations made popular most recently by Frank Wycheck of the 2001-2002 Tennessee Titans).

With these possibilities, Parcells must have a lot of faith in Wilford.

By not shifting him to another team in the offseason, Ernest Wilford will have every conceivable chance of making the team  by not causing a stir last year, despite having a huge contract or having a huge ego to go with that contract.

Of course, Wilford was not happy with his playing time.

But more importantly, he understood the meaning of being a Miami Dolphin and helping the team do whatever it took to get to the playoffs.

This year, Wilford's attitude and play on the field might get them deeper into the playoffs.

Yet Another sign that the cohesiveness built during the offseason last year is paying off bigger dividends in year two of the "plan."