Brian Flores clearly wants to win, even if the Miami Dolphins organization does not.
And in that context, he’s gone back to Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter at quarterback, as the Dolphins travel to Buffalo.
That means Josh Rosen, after three starts and an overall 52.0 passer rating for the entire season, is back on the bench. And it means there will be much debate about whether it was worth trading a second-round pick to Arizona for him, and whether he has any future with this franchise.
Rosen was repeatedly hurried and hit in Sunday’s loss to Washington, but his performance also paled in comparison to that of Fitzpatrick, who rallied the Dolphins to within 17-16 before a two-point conversion failed.
And Rosen hasn’t been that good when given time either, as our Chris Kouffman of Three Yards Per Carry noted:
Whenever anyone would “Yeah, but” me about Josh Rosen’s time in Arizona, I always pointed out he was kept clean of pressure on 60% of his plays in 2018 and had the 2nd-lowest passer rating of anyone in the NFL on those pressure-less plays. This year? Lowest. 36th out of 36.
— Chris Kouffman (@ckparrot) October 15, 2019
And Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post has a sentiment that is similar to ours.
If the Miami Dolphins ALREADY know Josh Rosen ain't it, then they made a poor trade. I liked the trade at the time. But if they ALREADY know then I was wrong.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) October 16, 2019
Rosen may have been put in a terrible spot. Awful offensive line. So-so skill players. A coaching staff that, at times, has seemed clueless or worse.
But he hasn’t shown much either. Some escapability and improvisation. Some toughness. But not much special in terms of arm strength or anticipation. And it’s clear that Flores hasn’t been satisfied with his command of the offense.
We thought that, at worst, Rosen would compete with the next quarterback — likely drafted this April — to be the starter at the start of next season. Now that appears unlikely.
Fitzpatrick? Well, he is what he is.
Buffalo is one of his former teams, and Fitzpatrick knows that stadium and the conditions well. The Bills are good, really good, but it shouldn’t stun anyone if there’s some FitzMagic on Sunday. Flores clearly wants that. Do you? Does Steve Ross?