Josh Rosen works way back into Dolphins competition

AP

Any lead Ryan Fitzpatrick had in the Dolphins quarterback competition has promptly vanished, which seems about right considering his career trajectory.

But after Josh Rosen turned in another strong performance in Saturday’s quasi-scrimmage and Fitzpatrick struggled again, the competition appears to be well and truly on.

That’s irrelevant in my head,” Rosen said of the state of the competition, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “Just trying to compete with all the quarterbacks, but also try to compete on the field, have fun. Because the one thing that coach was stressing in the meeting was, we’ve put a lot of work in. Been a lot of really tough, hot, long training camp days.

“The scrimmage is supposed to be fun. Football, it’s a game. We all have a job to do and we’re taking it seriously, but I was excited to come out here and have fun, play football.”

While he stood out, Fitzpatrick threw a pair of bad interceptions, and coach Brian Flores noted before the scrimmage that Rosen had made significant improvements since he declared Fitzpatrick to be leading the competition recently.

“He’s made some improvement really across the board,” Flores said. “It’s things a lot of people don’t see. Better footwork, better mechanics in the pocket, better decision-making.

“I know I said he was leading the way the other day, but let’s be clear there’s still a lot competition and a lot of time left. Today is a big day to showcase the improvement guys have made.”

While Fitzpatrick has shown the ability to create brief and bright-shining moments of competence, the ceiling is much higher with Rosen, and the Dolphins might be better off giving the former first-rounder all the chances they can to make the job his own.

21 responses to “Josh Rosen works way back into Dolphins competition

  1. It’d be interesting to look at QBs like Fitz and see what their stats are like when they’re the underdog/darkhorse who’s not expected to do much but they’re the only option available (also looking at you, Case Keenum, and so many others), as compared to when they’re given the keys and are the unqualified starter.

    I don’t know (hence wondering about the stats), but it _seems_ as though they play better when they’re not the starter but when they come off the bench (even if that’s for the entire year, like Fitz and Case have done, but weren’t given the keys, so to speak).

  2. While Fitzpatrick has shown the ability to create brief and bright-shining moments of competence, the ceiling is much higher with Rosen, and the Dolphins might be better off giving the former first-rounder all the chances they can to make the job his own.
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    I’m all for making the kid earn it but Fitz is not the future and everyone including Fitz knows it. This is an evaluation year for Rosen. He must earn the belief that he is the franchise QB for the near future or the draft priority is set. He can’t do that unless he plays. Letting Fitz start the beginning of the year makes no sense. If he falters then precious snaps/experience was taken from Rosen. If he excels then there is no data on Rosen to figure out if he stays or if a new guy gets drafted. I don’t know if Rosen is the answer and I have seen more negatives than positives but the Dolphins need to make informed decisions rather than guesses based on gut feelings. The only way to do that is to start Rosen week 1.

  3. Lets see, Rosen wins competition, Rosen plays. Rosen gets slammed with no line and no time. Dolphins tank and draft Tua. Brady retires for one reason or another. Rosen ends up on Patriots and they keep on trucking.

  4. There is no competition with Fitz. And it’s asinine to think there should be one. Fitz has had a lifetime to put together a body of work, and what it shows is a guy capable of the occasional magical moment only to be snuffed out by even more mysterious and maddening moments.

    Rosen is fighting to see if he’s the future. Fitz is only there so the coach can claim they’re trying to win today.

  5. Josh Rosen is terrible. Once the lights come on he will revert hack to his old self throwing several extremely late passes, air mailing passes over his receivers head or throwing dirt balls right into their cleats , folding under the first sign of pressure so badly he throws the ball perfectly to the guys in the opposite color jerseys for 6 rather than standing in there and taking the hit. The dude is just not a good QB and we will alll see that very soon.

  6. Poor Miami. Here we go again. If it’s not the Heat or Marlins it’s the Dolphins spiraling down. Must be being surrounded by water in a simi tropical zone.

  7. Great, so now Rosen can start making those other teams “pay” for passing on him in the draft, ha ha ha. Good luck Josh, you’re gonna need it…..

  8. Starting at the bottom and rebuilding is a process. I do see progress already but nothing will be needed more, this season from Dolphins fans, than patience.

  9. If Rosen can’t beat out Fitzpatrick for the starting job then Miami should just tank for Tua or Fromm.

  10. hawkkiller says:
    August 4, 2019 at 9:54 am
    Josh Rosen is terrible. Once the lights come on he will revert hack to his old self

    His old self??? He’s played one season my man!

  11. Poor QB play cannot always be blamed on a bad o-line, good QB’s find a way to overcome it, this was always the excuse for Tannehill’s below average play.
    Look at Russell Wilson who has had some terrible o-lines over the years.

  12. Really hope this kid works out. Sooooo tired of bad quarterbacking since Marino left. Please football gods.

  13. Comparing Wilson to RT is weak at best : RT had almost zero protection most of his time in Miami
    Meanwhile Wilson has quickness / speed and the O-line actually could block the majority of the time : hence going to the SB twice….

  14. Rosen detractors just ignore the fact that the Dolphins have one of the worst OLs in the NFL. No quarterback will do well while he’s constantly being sacked. The game against the Falcons clearly shows that when he was given just a few extra seconds, Rosen positively shined. I’m confident that if the Dolphins get another quality lineman and a better defense, Rosen can take us all the way!

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