This week the Miami Dolphins have decided to name Josh Rosen as their starting quarterback. This comes off the back of two utterly abysmal losses in their first two games of the season. Rosen takes over the starting spot from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The eternal journeyman who’s posted a 12.2 QBR so far, it’s the worst in the league. Fitzpatrick has shown head coach Brian Flores as well as the few fans left in Miami that he isn’t the man for the job. So Brian Flores has turned to Josh Rosen, here’s how he got there.
Rosen was a star at UCLA from 2015-2017, becoming the first true freshman to start a season opener. He a set a new single-season passing yards record with 3,756 in 2017, he was named All-PAC 12 and had a 59:26 touchdown to interception ratio. This led Rosen to be named as one of the top quarterback prospects coming out of college in 2018. This was alongside fellow first-round picks, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. He was drafted 10th overall by the Cardinals as their new franchise quarterback with new head coach Steve Wilks. He said, “There were nine mistakes ahead of me.” when talking about being passed on as the first overall pick.
Crushed with the Cardinals
Unfortunately for Rosen, he was never really able to show off his talent as a rookie. He was named the starter for the 0-4 Cardinals, taking from a struggling Sam Bradford; it was like he took over the captaincy of the Titanic. Rosen was stuck as the quarterback of the worst offence in football, with a turnstile for an offensive line, a stagent running game and with Mike McCoy as his offensive coordinator. Which is like being told to swim the channel with an anchor around one of your feet. Arizona fired McCoy and promoted Byron Leftwich. Things got better for Rosen but it wasn’t like he was splitting the atom.
So the Cardinals tanked to a 3-13 record, claiming the number one overall pick in this year’s draft. They decided to go with Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray fresh off winning the Heismann Trophy. He was to pair perfectly with new head coach Kliff Kingsbury. With Rosen now on the outside looking in, he was traded to Miami this offseason.
I hate to say it for him but things are looking very similar for Rosen this season as they were a year ago. Again with a new head coach, taking over the starting job, stuck with a talent poor offensive line, and a defence as weak as an ape is strong. All whilst top players like Tunsil and Stills are being traded away.
Miami has been outscored 102-10 so far in just 2 games, they have the worst roster in the NFL. Rosen will be hard to evaluate when he’s getting sacked at least 5 times a game, waiting for receivers to get open and has no running game to support him. He was sacked 45 times as a rookie in Arizona and has been sacked 4 times already despite only playing in garbage time these first 2 weeks. If that continues to happen then his confidence might get shot by Thanksgiving.
He starts off his season playing the Cowboys on Sunday. Dallas is one of the most complete teams in the league on every side of the ball. So I don’t expect Miami to put up much of a fight and after that Miami’s schedule isn’t very forgiving. Miami seems intent on tanking this season for the chance to land the number 1 spot in next year’s draft. I hope for Rosen’s sake that doesn’t happen because I see a similar fate being bestowed upon him if they do get it.
Things seem murky down in Miami, I hope for Josh Rosen this isn’t deja vu for him this season.
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Alex Riley is a 49ers fan who’s followed the game since 2010, He’s currently at the University of Leicester. You can find him on Twitter at @NFLRiley and his blog at www.rileynfl.wordpress.com