Dolphins head coach seemingly tips hand on plan at quarterback
Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores made some telling remarks this week about Josh Rosen, and the case be made his comments indicate that Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely be under center come Week 1 as the team’s starting quarterback.
It’s long been expected that the journeyman Fitzpatrick would assume the top spot on the depth chart as opposed to Rosen, the second-year quarterback acquired in an offseason trade with the Arizona Cardinals.
Given the belief that Fitzpatrick has a stranglehold on the starting quarterback spot, what Flores had to say about Rosen’s development arguably all but assures the young signal-caller will be relegated to backup status when the regular season kicks off.
“That case could be made [to play] the older guy. The case could be also made that the younger guy is not ready,” Flores said, via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
“I understand that thought process. But I’m the one dealing with the individual player. Sometimes guys are not ready. The whole sink or swim mentality — it’s easy for somebody on the outside to say. But for that individual player and the best interest of that individual person, that might not be the case.”
Flores added that the same philosophy is utilized all across the roster in that the Dolphins will not put a player out on the field if he is not ready. That seems to be the Dolphins coaching staff’s opinion of Rosen at this point.
Flores also noted how it’s his belief that learning under a veteran signal-caller can only help a younger quarterback’s development in the long run.
Rosen, meanwhile, took on a defiant stance over that perception, saying he has “plenty chips on my shoulder” and that serving as an understudy to Fitzpatrick, as Flores intimated will be the plan, will not necessarily help his career in the long run.
“A lot of the ‘this guy played right away,’ ‘this guy sat,’ ‘this guy won a Super Bowl,’ ‘this guy didn’t,’” Rosen added. “… it’s all just sort of extra information that I don’t really need in my life right now.”