Dolphins' Brian Flores Says QB Josh Rosen Is Improving 'Across the Board'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2019

Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) does drills during NFL football training camp,Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is encouraged by what he's seen from second-year quarterback Josh Rosen.

Rosen is still adjusting to his new surroundings after the Dolphins acquired him from the Arizona Cardinals in April.

Flores told reporters Saturday that Rosen has made visible strides, per NFL.com's Jelani Scott:

"I think he's made some improvement, really across the board. There's things that a lot of people don't see. Better footwork, mechanics in the pocket, decision-making. A lot of times people, all they see is the touchdown pass; they don't see the checkdown that's a positive play for the team. I think he's improved in those areas and I think those are the little things that go a long way at that position."

While he spoke highly of Rosen, Flores gave the impression Tuesday that Ryan Fitzpatrick was higher on the depth chart.

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Dolphins' HC Brian Flores today, on Miami's QB competition between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen: "It's pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way."

Though some quarterbacks thrive in their rookie seasons, Rosen's 2018 performance showed he may make a more gradual adjustment to the NFL.

To some extent, the Cardinals set Rosen up to fail. He wasn't ready to be the starter and faced constant pressure because of an offensive line that ranked 26th in adjusted sack rate, perΒ Football Outsiders.

The writing was on the wall regarding his future when Arizona, with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, set its sights on Kyler Murray.

Flores previouslyΒ avoidedΒ classifying the Dolphins as a rebuilding team, but Miami is likely to be among the league's worst squads in 2019. By rolling with Fitzpatrick for Week 1 and beyond, Flores would sidestep the mistake Arizona made.

Rosen turned only 22 in February. Especially since they're embracing more of a long-term view, the Dolphins can afford to be patient with his development.

There will come a time when Miami needs to hand Rosen the keys to the offense and let him sink or swim. For now, his strides on the practice field can qualify as progress.