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#pounditWednesday, December 7, 2022

Brian Flores implies Josh Rosen ‘not ready’ to start

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Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores isn’t making a final decision on who will start at quarterback this year, but he dropped another hint that it probably won’t be Josh Rosen.

Flores, speaking hypothetically about quarterback decisions, suggested that sometimes it’s best for a more experienced player to play because the younger option “is not ready.”

“That case could be made [to play] the older guy. The case could be also made that the younger guy is not ready,” Flores said, via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I understand that thought process. But I’m the one dealing with the individual player. Sometimes guys are not ready. The whole sink or swim mentality — it’s easy for somebody on the outside to say. But for that individual player and the best interest of that individual person, that might not be the case.

“For those who are not in the trenches, dealing with the day-to-day, they wouldn’t understand that. If a guy is ready to be out there, we’ll put him out there. If he’s not, we won’t put him out there. That’s the way we’ll approach it.”

Flores has made it clear that he’s not ready to name a starter yet, but these comments suggest it’s going to be veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick over Rosen. That has been the conventional wisdom for some time now.


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