The Miami Dolphins entered the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback before turning things over to Josh Rosen, and they are now going back to their original plan.
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores told reporters on Sunday that Fitzpatrick will start against the Buffalo Bills after Rosen started the previous three games.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2019
Fitzpatrick came off the bench to nearly rally Miami to a victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and they would have gotten the win if they converted a 2-point try with seconds remaining. The 36-year-old had thrown for 274 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions in two games prior to Sunday, but he was 12-of-18 for 132 yards, a touchdown and no picks against Washington. Rosen completed 15-of-25 passes for no scores and two interceptions before being pulled.
Rosen has said he feels like he is in the middle of a season-long tryout with the Dolphins, and it’s not exactly a surprise that it is going poorly. Miami’s roster is one of the worst in NFL history, so they shouldn’t expect Rosen to perform at a high level. The situation is an awful one for the former first-round pick to be a part of.
The Miami Dolphins aren’t doing much to clear up their quarterback situation, but there will be no changes — for now.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores announced Monday that, despite Ryan Fitzpatrick coming off the bench to rally the team against Washington, Josh Rosen will remain the starter for Week 7 against Buffalo. He added, however, that the situation would remain fluid as the season goes on.
Brian Flores said he feels the Dolphins already have a pretty good evaluation of Josh Rosen based on the amount of time he’s been with the team. He says Rosen is the starter Sunday at Buffalo because of continuity, but that conversation will be ongoing throughout the season.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) October 14, 2019
It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of Rosen when the best Flores can say of him is “continuity.” He was dreadful on Sunday and Fitzpatrick outperformed him, but with the Dolphins not terribly interested in winning football games right now, continuing their “evaluation” of Rosen may be best for the franchise to achieve its long-term goals.
Rosen admitted that he feels like he’s undertaking a season-long tryout in Miami. It does not sound like he’s nailing it, having thrown five interceptions to one touchdown while reaching the 200-yard mark just once.
The Miami Dolphins turned in another disastrous performance on Sunday, and it led to another quarterback benching.
Josh Rosen was benched after a brutal performance that saw him throw two interceptions and take five sacks, going 15-of-25 for only 85 yards. He was replaced by veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB for the Dolphins.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 13, 2019
Rosen departed after getting absolutely nothing done, particularly downfield.
Josh Rosen is 1-of-7 for 12 yards and 2 INT on passes thrown more than 5 yards downfield today — a stat that says just as much about the OL and WRs as the QB.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) October 13, 2019
Fitzpatrick immediately led the Dolphins downfield for a touchdown — their first points in the second half all season.
Rosen said during the week that he felt like he’s in a season-long tryout working to convince the Dolphins not to take a quarterback high in the NFL Draft. By that standard, this week was not a successful one, and if Fitzpatrick keeps moving the ball, you have to wonder if he’ll be relegated to the bench going forward.
Josh Rosen was named the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback for the remainder of the season on Wednesday, but it feels a bit different for him.
The Dolphins have given off various signals that they aren’t entire committed to Rosen, especially as they contend for the first overall pick in next April’s draft. Rosen admitted Wednesday that it’s left him feeling like he’s essentially trying out for a spot on the team, even though he’s the starting quarterback.
Rosen, on how he’s handling this season with the Dolphins possibly drafting his replacement next spring: “I feel like I’m trying out for the team.”
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) October 9, 2019
It’s easy to understand why. Though they traded for him during the offseason, it doesn’t feel like the Dolphins are particularly wedded to Rosen long-term. The fact is, they’re tanking, and doing it so blatantly that the league has taken notice. The prevailing thought is that they want to draft a quarterback like Tua Tagovailoa, which would once again throw Rosen’s long-term future into doubt.
Rosen hasn’t exactly impressed for Miami so far, throwing for 482 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Of course, he has virtually no talent around him, which must be factored in.
Josh Rosen was given a chance to start for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in their game against the Dallas Cowboys, but his day didn’t last very long after he left with an apparent head injury.
Rosen’s head slammed into the turf on a scramble play in the second quarter, and he went to the sideline and was examined by medical personnel. He was later seen without a helmet on.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, who won Miami’s starting QB job out of training camp, took over after Rosen went down. Rosen may have ended up in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Miami was trailing 10-3 at the time Rosen left Sunday’s game. Rosen completed 7-of-16 passes for 116 yards before exiting.
The Dolphins were shut out 43-0 by the New England Patriots last week. Fitzpatrick started and went 11-of-21 with three interceptions, throwing for only 89 yards. Rosen came in later in the game and went 7-for-18 for 97 yards and one interception.
UPDATE: Rosen later returned to the game.
Instead of sulking about losing his job to a player nearly a decade-and-a-half his junior, Ryan Fitzpatrick is doing the exact opposite.
The Miami Dolphins quarterback, who was benched this week in favor of 22-year-old Josh Rosen, had a commendable reaction to the news, according to Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. The veteran signal caller reportedly reacted by getting Rosen up at a white board and starting to quiz him on protections.
The 36-year-old Fitzpatrick, who is in his 15th career season, had thrown for 274 yards with one touchdown to four interceptions in the first two games of 2019. He will now give way to the second-year Rosen, who is in his first season with the Dolphins.
Fitzpatrick has been part of QB battles for much of his career and is used to going back and forth from backup to starter, so this is nothing new to him. He also likely knew going into the season that Rosen would probably start at some point, which may have had a role in his positive reaction.
For all the memes that Fitzpatrick has inspired over the years, he definitely appears to have the character to back it up as well.
The Miami Dolphins must feel that Josh Rosen gives them the best chance to lose, as they have decided to name him their starting quarterback.
The Dolphins announced on Thursday that Rosen will start over Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2019
Miami traded a second-round pick for Rosen during the offseason, but head coach Brian Flores was publicly critical of him on more than one occasion during the summer. They obviously think the former UCLA star has the potential to be their quarterback of the future, otherwise they would not have traded such a high pick for him. If they want to start developing him, now is as good a time as any.
The Dolphins were shut out 43-0 by the New England Patriots on Sunday. Fitzpatrick started and went 11-of-21 with three interceptions, throwing for only 89 yards. Rosen came in later in the game and went 7-for-18 for 97 yards and one interception.
Rosen was drafted No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals last year and did not play until Week 3. He passed for 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and lost several fumbles on the 3-13 team. The Dolphins have been so bad that the league is reportedly planning to look into their tanking, so it goes without saying that Rosen doesn’t have a whole lot around him to work with.