Say whatever you want about the Dolphins trying to “tank this season,” the actions of the last 24 hours involving their quarterback situation clearly demonstrate that they have no real plan for what they’re doing.
This after first-year coach Brian Flores waffled on his commitment of just five days ago the second-year quarterback Josh Rosen will be the Dolphins quarterback for the foreseeable future, if not the rest of this already lost season.
It turns out that that commitment lasted all of three quarters before Rosen was benched in Sunday’s 17 – 16 loss to the Washington Redskins. That’s when Flores and offensive coordinator, Chad O’ Shea, chose veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and inserted him back into in a role he’s been very familiar with- coming off the bench to try and save the day.
Fitzpatrick did lead Miami to 13 fourth quarter points and had them on the verge of possibly winning the game before his 2-point conversion pass to running back Kenyan Drake fell in complete with six seconds left in the game.
The end Sunday for Rosen came after a second half with a Dolphin’s had punted on three possessions and he threw his second interception on the other one. Fitzpatrick replaced him to begin the fourth quarter and immediately led a nine-play, 55-yard touchdown drive that culminated, when Kalen Ballage scored from a yard out.
But, Fitzpatrick was less than brilliant on either of the next two drives as they picked up one first down, but still punted and then, his third drive resulted in a three-and-out and included a fumbled snap the lost 8 yards.
Fitzpatrick, who had played poorly throughout the Dolphins first two horrific losses to start the year against the Ravens and the Patriots leading to his benching, did rally the team down the stretch. And, he lead the potential game-tying drive in the final two minutes. That’s when Flores elected to go for the win on the two-point play and had it not work out.
So that brings us to Monday’s day after the game news conference. Flores said matter of factly that Rosen “would be expected to start” in this week’s coming match-up at Buffalo:
Dolphins Live: Coach Flores meets with the media. https://t.co/8cO0Bq2mnZ
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 14, 2019
But, then, later when answering another question, that his starter would be based on how the two quarterbacks would practice this week.
We wrote after the week to disaster with New England that now 0-5 Miami has nothing to lose by continuing to try to play Rosen and have him develop and get better.
You know what you have in the 36 year old veteran Fitzpatrick, and he is clearly not the future.
And, Rosen may not be that future, either. However, the waffling of when he might play or start and sending him back to the bench only shows one thing: dysfunction.
Dysfunction, because there is apparently no real plan with what to do with Rosen, Fitzpatrick or the last 10 games of the season.
Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine
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:
Tua Tagovailoa measured at 6-0, 217 pounds at the NFL combine today. Left throwing hand at 10”
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) February 24, 2020
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.
Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday
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:
We'd like to officially introduce you to our new HC, Karl Dorrell.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) February 23, 2020
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.
“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.