The Miami Dolphins need to see if Josh Rosen is the real deal, or if they whiffed again on finding a franchise quarterback.
Even some of the Dolphins beat writers believe the trade for Rosen was a terrible move. On the other hand, there are folks that are excited about Rosen joining the Dolphins.
Either way, 2019 is about finding out if Rosen can potentially be a franchise quarterback.
Sure, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is going to make Rosen earn the job during training camp this summer. But unless he is substantially worse than Ryan Fitzpatrick, there’s no reason Rosen shouldn’t be starting against the Baltimore Ravens Week 1 on September 8.
At age 36, Fitzpatrick was brought in to be a temporary solution at quarterback. Everyone that’s seen Fitzpatrick play knows his career has been full of rollercoasters and inconsistencies. Miami really gains nothing by playing Fitzpatrick this year.
If Rosen doesn’t start for the Dolphins, there will always be the question if he can eventually become the starting quarterback down the line. Miami doesn’t want a situation where they go into the 2020 NFL Draft not knowing if Rosen can be a top-tier quarterback.
His critics will say Rosen got his opportunity in 2018 when he played 14 games for the Cardinals. But it wasn’t like Rosen was playing with a bunch of top-notch players.
Rosen reflects on his time in Arizona
Outside of David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals really didn’t have a lot around Rosen. That’s probably why Rosen threw for just 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. But during his introductory press conference on Monday, Rosen conceded he didn’t play to the best of his abilities and is looking for a fresh start in Miami.
“I think I got a lot better at a lot of the little things that have to do with football,” Rosen said. He would also add:
“Even small stuff like scheduling, like knowing how much time you need to allot yourself for pre-practice warmup, how much you need for post-practice, your recovery routine, how you ration out your studying Monday through Sunday. I think a lot of those little things, saving minutes here and there and just being more efficient with my time. That’s not even including all of the stuff on the field with the X’s and O’s. That’s a whole other conversation.”
The Dolphins are clearly in rebuild mode and taking a different approach after years of abject mediocrity. 2019 probably won’t be a winning season for the Dolphins. But it appears the team finally has a plan for success.
Additionally, Miami has a ton of draft capital next year. That’s why it is essential to find out if Rosen can become the Dolphins’ franchise quarterback.
If Rosen struggles again in 2019, the Dolphins can search for another quarterback in the 2020 draft. With Miami owing Rosen $6.2 million over the next three seasons, the reward could far outweigh the risk.