The Miami quarterback competition continues

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The first preseason game is in the books for the Dolphins, and the competition between quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen contnues.

“It’s still in a competition,” coach Brian Flores told reporters on Saturday. “Obviously, Josh [Rosen] had come in there and had more reps. He played the second and third quarter. [There was] some good, some not-so-good. [Ryan Fitzpatrick] really just had the first quarter. He had a couple of errant throws, but I thought his operation was good. Honestly, Josh had the lion’s share of the snaps. I thought he did a good job. I thought he ran the offense well. I thought he made some good throws. I thought he could’ve made a couple better decisions. Checking the ball down is not a bad thing to do.”

Flores shrugged at the significance to the competition of whether Fitzpatrick or Rosen get the bulk of the first-team reps.

“I think we’ll continue to split reps in a way that we can evaluate both, but really all three quarterbacks,” Flores said, referring to Jake Rudock. “First-team, second-team — I think people put more value in that stuff than I do, but we’re going to try to get the reps to evaluate all three guys and really everybody on the team.”

Flores was asked to explain why he puts less value on first-team and second-team distinctions.

“I think in anything you are doing, all you can do is control what you can control,” Flores said. “If you do a great job with you reps, whether they be with first-team, second-team, third-team, then hopefully you move and get some reps with some other guys. As we’ve gone through training camp, we’ve moved guys around offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. Whether you’re first-team or second-team, I want to see how guys respond, and work their techniques and fundamentals wherever you’re at. . . .

“I think the best players will play and we’re always going to have a group of guys who aren’t going to be starters who come in — they are called backups, but they’ve got a vital role on the team. In a lot of ways I think you diminish their role when you call them that. I’ve never been a proponent of that. That may be new to some people, but again, I think you have to make the most of your opportunities wherever they lie, wherever they are. I think it’s that way in life. I guess that’s why I don’t spend too much time thinking about first team or second team. I watch it, but I like to see guys be productive, period. If you’re not, whether it’s first team, second team, or third team, then that’s a problem. If you are productive, then I’m taking notice of that as well.”

So if Rosen is productive enough while working with the second team, he’ll potentially earn the right to play with the first team. As to the broader issue, Flores’ point is intriguing; to create a true team, it’s important to think of all players as members of that team, and not as occupants of specific classes or categories within that team.

14 responses to “The Miami quarterback competition continues

  1. It’s only a matter of time before Fitztragic shows up and hands the reigns to Rosen

  2. Crazy concept…everyone being equal and working together as a team. This guy is more clueless than the owner.

  3. But wait, if Rosen isn’t named the starter, how is he going to make all those other teams “pay” for passing on him in the draft?

  4. Don’t know which QB will start, perhaps Rosen but I think Williams made a strong case to be one of the Starting WR’s. He did everything the Dolfans have been waiting 5 years to see Parker do.

  5. Everyone working together and putting team first. WOW, novel approach. It worked for the ’72 undefeated season and it’s been working for the Patriots for how long now? People hate the Patriots because they win so much. Why do they win? Team concept. I just hope it works for Flores and the Fins.

  6. They need to give Rosen every chance in the world to beat out Fitz. Everyone knows what you get with fitz. Up and down play with some magic followed by 4 picks . But if Rosen pulls it together that could be their future and save them a high first next year. I’d like to see Rosen figure it out. He didnt get a fair shot in AZ, unless he just is that bad.

  7. Cutting Stills should be the number one priority. Wish they could trade him but I doubt any team would want his attitude.

  8. vaphinfan says:
    August 10, 2019 at 6:28 pm
    Cutting Stills should be the number one priority. Wish they could trade him but I doubt any team would want his attitude.


    They should trade him for Antonio Brown. AB with no helmet and no state tax what could possibly go wrong. AB would never do something as rude as kneeling…AB makes Kenny look ungrateful.

  9. Wow, some very childish people posting here. Largely fake competition as this is clearly Rosen’s job to lose, for several reasons, unless he just falls completely on his face. If Fitzpatrick manages to receive the nod at the end of camp he’ll be displaced before end of September, guaranteed.

  10. First and foremost, this preseason football. I want see him let it rip now and correct things as he plays(Rosen).These games don’t count as far as record wise, but does count to his maturation in becoming a a better and potentially starter for my Fins. Good work Rosen had Thursday. Keep it up.

  11. The fact that fitzy has been here longer n have yet to win the competition speaks loud of chosen rosen and speaks low of fitzy your a veteran n going into preseason game #2 and your still trying to win the win job

  12. How much of this is due to a true competition and how much is it Flores trying to keep some sort of promise to Fitz before Rosen was available? If he immediately makes Rosen the starter then Fitz may think Flores can’t really be trusted. If Fitz is with the starters and loses a legit competition to Rosen then Fitz is more likely to accept it and become an asset as a backup/mentor.

    That said, I disagree with Flores wanting Rosen to lose the gunslinger mentality. I think he needs to keep it but eliminate the absurd decisions that often go with it. People praise that completion to Williams when Rosen was being dragged to the ground but that was the dumbest play in the game. I want the QB to take calculated risks and be ACCURATE when miking risky throws. ALL throws are risky if there is no accuracy. I’d rather have a guy that throws a 40 yard pick than a guy that gets a sack/fumble because he was looking for a safer throw.

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