Stephen Ross: Dolphins’ starting quarterback is not my decision

AP

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is staying out of his team’s quarterback decision.

Ross said coach Brian Flores and his staff will not get any input from the owner in deciding between second-year quarterback Josh Rosen and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

“He’s competing,” Ross said of Rosen, via the Miami Herald. “That’s all I know. I’m not making the decision. He’s competing. There’s nothing else to say. The coach has told you that. Everybody tells you that. That’s all it is.”

Rosen is 22 years old and is under contract for a total of just $6 million over the next three years. Fitzpatrick is 36 years old and is under contract for two years and $11 million. Realistically, any owner seeing those numbers would prefer the younger, cheaper quarterback to earn the job. But Ross will let others decide who has earned it.

9 responses to “Stephen Ross: Dolphins’ starting quarterback is not my decision

  1. The team isn’t going anywhere this year. If Rosen looks ok, even if inferior to fitztragic, then go with him.
    The upside is a young franchise qb

  2. While Dolphins fans may have different complaints regarding Ross and his front office/coaching decisions, the one thing they can’t complain about is him being cheap.

    He’s always willing to open his pocketbook with the intention of winning by buying high-priced FA’s, but now understands the rebuilding process they’re going through. I highly doubt he cares if Fitzpatrick starts for $5.5 million/yr when he just paid Tannehill 3x that.

  3. “He’s competing,” Ross said of Rosen, via the Miami Herald. “That’s all I know.

    I question if he knows that much. I do not think Stephen Ross really knows the meaning of the word “compete”.

  4. The price of both QBs for all years is still far less than an average QB’s for one season. No need to rush Rosen, but if Ross wants fans in this empty seats then Rosen either “wins” in camp or is a starter as soon as the Dolphins are 0-3. Personally, I think Ross is a good owner. He doesn’t get too involved in day to day operations, but handing the reigns over to Philbin or Gase does not invoke complete confidence either. Doing the same thing over and over again for 18 years is idiotic. They have finally made the changes needed and it will painful to watch this year.

  5. Not a fan of Ross (nor Huizenga either),but at least the guy paid to redo the stadium…how many owners fork over all that loot and not rely on taxpayers? But I do wonder if Ross isn’t just saying what everyone wants to hear, here. I got a funny feeling he will indeed have a hand in giving Rosen the starting QB slot….Fitz ol’ boy will win two or three straight, then implode like he always does. So Rosen will become the starter at some point.

  6. vikings1234 says:
    May 23, 2019 at 8:57 am
    “He’s competing,” Ross said of Rosen, via the Miami Herald. “That’s all I know.

    I question if he knows that much. I do not think Stephen Ross really knows the meaning of the
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    Relatively speaking, he’s smart enough not to let his GM put his team in cap hell, limiting them from resigning an outstanding TE because he paid elite QB money to a middle of the pack QB who rarely shows up against winning teams.

  7. The owner Ross is very sensitive about decisions on quarterbacks for a good reason. Ryan Tannehill was drafted 8th overall in his draft. It could have been Ryan was handed the starting job due to his draft position. Perhaps Stephen Ross had wanted Ryan Tannehill to start even though he was not a franchise quarterback in the NFL. When a value mistake is made for a n NFL player it’s not easy to admit the mistake. The Dolphins kept on trying to develop Tannehill into a franchise QB but he just did not have that kind of ability.

  8. Ross is doing the right thing to let Flores decide who the starting QB will be. I also support his decision to completely overhaul this team from the top down & I can already see the effects of change with the amount of draft picks this team has for next year. I think Grier will be able to work just fine with Flores. Fins up!

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