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Another embarrassing Sunday signals time for Josh Rosen

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It’s as obvious as an aqua and orange colored billboard in South Florida would be. The Dolphins are going absolutely nowhere, and that includes with veteran starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. So, at this point, it’s already time to find out what Josh Rosen can or cannot do over a series of games.

Yes. Back to back embarrassing blowout home losses, where the offense did next to nothing in four quarters of each game have only confirmed the inevitable. Miami has to determine if Rosen can help them this season or beyond?

And, they cannot do that with Rosen standing (or sitting above) and watching. Worse, they can judge him only coming in for mop duty with the team already down by four or five touchdowns, as he’s done the last two weeks. That doesn’t help Rosen or the team.

No longer can you sell the great start to the season a year ago that Fitzpatrick had with the Buccaneers, where he was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week each of the first two weeks of the season. In those games, Fitzpatrick threw for over 400 yards in both Tampa Bay wins.

No. You can longer sell it, when Fitzpatrick Sunday only led the Dolphins to run one play on the Patriot side of the 50 in the first three quarters of the game while being completely shut out.

You read that, correctly: forget about scoring points. You can’t, if you don’t cross the 50.

Oh, and then they played the fourth quarter.

And, that’s where the biggest demon that is kept Fitzpatrick from being a consistent starter for the last 10 years of his career reared its ugly head, again. He threw not one, but two, awful passes that ended up being intercepted and returned for touchdowns by the Pats to complete Sunday’s latest 43-0 blowout.

Yes. The Dolphins stuck Rosen out there with nine minutes to go and he threw 18 passes, completing only seven and also had an INT while being sacked three times. Rosen even managed to roll his ankle, but kept playing, but only in worthless garbage time.

And, even though his record was 3-10 last year as a starter with only a 55% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns vs. 14 interceptions with the Cards, it’s time to see what he can do with the full understanding that it’s his job and for the next few games at least.

Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores made an overt commitment to eventually turn to Rosen by trading away a second-round pick to acquire him from the Cardinals in April at a very affordable salary not just this season but for the next two years. His deal averages out at $2.1 million per season through 2020 one and only $2.9 Million for the final year.

Yes. You may be “Tanking for Tua” (Tagovailoa of Alabama), and the 2020 draft.  But that’s for later in the year to worry about in relation to whom else is having a horrible season.

And, whether you believed that Fitzpatrick was the better quarterback all offseason and the preseason, (Flores and staff obviously did),  that means nothing now off the last two weeks.

You are likely going to keep losing no matter who the QB is.

It’s just time to see what the 22 year old former #1 pick last year can do.

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Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine

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The NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway in Indianapolis this week and on Monday morning, one of the prized quarterbacks that will be available early in the first round of the draft was there for official measurements and to meet with teams.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, whose season ended with a fractured hip last November, is on the road to recovery and he was officially measured and also, met with numerous teams that are looking at the possibility of drafting him:

In addition to not only the injured hip, but also a history of high ankle sprain problems, Tagovailoa has got to answer critics on his size. At just 6 – 0 feet there will be concerns about his ability to clearly see downfield through the massive bodies on NFL Sundays.

However, this can be combated by moving him around out of the pocket and that’s something that Alabama was successful at doing over his three years as well.

As we wrote recently, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering a fractured hip on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and then, their Citrus Bowl win January 1st, over Michigan

He came to Alabama from Hawaii and the same high school as Marcus Mariota, having thrown for over 8,000 yards which at that time was a Hawaii High School record. And, he had a career of 84 passing and 27 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.

Tua burst onto the scene nationally, when he relieved Jalen Hurts in the second half and overtime of Alabama’s thrilling title game win over Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Tagovailoa threw the game-winning touchdown pass on the first overtime possession, as Alabama celebrated their fifth National Title in nine seasons under Saban.

In his second season at the helm in the 2018 regular season, Tagovailoa was named second-team AP All-American and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, as the Tide reached the National Title game, again, before being beaten soundly by Clemson 12 months ago.

As this junior season unfolded, Tagovailoa was named almost became synonymous with the Dolphins, who started the season horribly at 0 – 7 and the moniker “Tank for Tua” began to gain momentum in South Florida.

Tagovailoa is obviously on the Dolphins list to look at strongly to select in the top five in the draft and currently, Miami is slated to pick fifth.

It is expected that Tagovailoa will work out for teams probably later in March or maybe even, early April at the Tide’s facility in Tuscaloosa, prior to the NFL draft coming to Las Vegas.

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Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday

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Former UCLA coach and recently promoted Dolphins assistant Karl Dorrell is headed back to college, as the new head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.

The school confirmed Dorrell’s hire on Sunday evening with a five-year contract to take over their Big 12 program:

The Buffaloes have been seeking a head coach since there coach Mel Tucker abruptly left to take the Michigan State job earlier this month.

Dorrell came to the dolphins with Brian Flores this past season, as wide receiver coach and earlier last week was promoted to assistant head coach for the upcoming season. Miami’s top receiver, DeVante Parker, blossomed under Dorrell’s tutelage as the year went on. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns becoming the favorite target of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Dorrel is the latest Dolphins assistant on the move. Flores fired the offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea he brought with him from New England. And, his defensive coordinator Patrick Graham left to take the same job with the Giants.

Dorrell had also been the Dolphins receivers coach, previously from 2008 – 10 and then, their quarterbacks coach in 2011 under the late Tony Sparano.

Colorado’s athletic director Rick George said in a statement Sunday night,

“I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach,” George said. “Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously. Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships. He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward.” 

The CU Board of Regents still have to approve Dorrell’s contract, which will be $18 million for five seasons.

Dorrell had previously been on Colorado staffs two other times in his career, including most recently as offensive coordinator under Rick Neuheisel from 1995- 98.

Dorrell was named head coach of his alma mater UCLA in 2003, where he lasted five seasons and went to a bowl game every year finishing with a career 35 – 27 record before being fired after the 2007 season.

Dorrell had previously been receivers coach for the New York Jets 2015 – 18 under Todd Bowles (above) and two of his receivers had made the Pro Bowl during his time there.

Colorado picked Dorrell from an interview process that also included former Buffaloes player and Kansas City Super Bowl offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, who interviewed and was under strong consideration.

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