First-year Dolphins head coach Brian Flores had his team out on the practice field Tuesday for the first of their “Organized Team Activities” (OTAs). And in doing so, the former Patriots defensive assistant quickly established that, while he’s in new colors in a new location, the “Patriot Way” is going to be brought to Miami.
First, Flores met with the media prior to the workout and talked about implementing schemes and things that he’s learned from Bill Belichick and the Pats:
Dolphins Live: Coach Flores meets with the media ahead of OTAs. https://t.co/934SZviSWe
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 14, 2019
Now, while Flores stated that it is “not cut and paste” from everything they did in New England, he clearly is going to follow some of what he learned from Belichick.
For example, even though this was only essentially a 75% speed practice with the players only in helmets and no pads, the media was given strict guidelines about what they could publicize or not, while watching the workout. Here’s are the rules from Miami Herald beat writer Armando Salguero:
FYI: Media not allowed to say what players working with what teams (1st, 2nd), whether players at a new position, formations, or any description of plays. Rules do not apply to QBs.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) May 14, 2019
That would almost be right out of a “Patriots handbook.” Don’t let them know anything, about anyone or anything.
Still, the most intriguing storyline already is whom will be the quarterback come this fall in Flores’ initial season? The temporary answer for the first OTA, Tuesday, is that veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick took the snaps with the first-team. Fitzpatrick, the 15th year veteran who was the on-again-off-again starter last year in Tampa Bay, will clearly bring veteran presence in leadership the Miami quarterback room and the practice field.
However, it is well documented that the Dolphins traded a second-round pick and a future selection on NFL Draft weekend for former Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. And. it’s expected that it will be Rosenstein at some point in 2019 if not right off the bat.
Again, you cannot read too much into OTA practices but clearly Rosen had some Jitters on Tuesday. An example that was apparently “smuggled out” via social media from our colleague, NBC 6’s Chris Fischer:
— Chris Fischer NBC6 (@FischerNBC6) May 14, 2019
Rosen also, for what little it’s worth, threw an awful interception later in the Tuesday workout, too.
Still, there is plenty of time for everyone to build and to improve. And, as the Dolphins continue their off-season preparation with their new coach getting acclimated to his new personnel, these are only the beginning steps in trying to change the recent losing ways in South Florida.
And, Flores will be doing that his way, with a nod to the previous way.
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