On September 8th the Miami Dolphins open up the regular season against the Ravens, but the team still hasn’t announced its’ starting quarterback.
Head Coach Brian Flores
The starting position still remains in the air. Coach Brian Flores told reporters on Sunday that he’s not even leaning a certain way at this point.
“This could go either way” Flores said. “I think they’re both hard working, both have leadership, both have done a lot of good things. This will be a hard decision for the staff.”
The Battle Between Fitzpatrick and Rosen
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen remain in a battle for the starting quarterback position. After three and a half months into the battle with dozens of practices, three completed preseason games and tons of reps under their belt, the position is still up for grabs.
Fitzpatrick has been viewed as the long-time favorite to win the job, but Rosen’s preseason play has been giving the coaching staff second thoughts.
Rosen is a second-year quarterback for the Dolphins. He came into the 2018 draft considered to be one of the more pro-ready QBs. Yet after a rocky rookie season, the Arizona Cardinals decided to move on from Rosen and sent him to Miami.
He came into the league with the natural ability to be a great passer in the pocket but lacked the learning experience on how to be a complete quarterback.
“My understanding of the front seven. I sort of came in with not really a great understanding of the structure of the defensive line and linebackers and the difference between base and nickel and dime defenses, not just in the sense that there’s another player on the field; it’s more in the sense of the package that you’re going to get and how the front ties into coverage,” said Rosen. “So I think that’s probably – just from a learning perspective – the biggest thing that I’ve learned since coming here.”
The free agent from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has put up a questionable performance so far in the preseason. However, Fitzpatrick did have a positive showing against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the most recent preseason game. The veteran completed 12 of 18 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in a Miami victory. With Fitzpatrick’s 14 seasons of experience in the NFL, Coach Brian Flores has a tough call to make following these past three preseason games.
The Dolphins wrap up the preseason on Thursday, August 29th at 8:00 p.m. ET at the New Orleans Saints.