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Dolphins new QB Josh Rosen said all right things Monday

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On Monday, newly-acquired Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen met with the Miami media for the first time, since being obtained in a Friday night trade with his former team the Cardinals for a second round pick. And, once again, Rose and displayed maturity in saying all the right things in his new surroundings.

Here’s his press conference in its entirety:

The South Florida media tried on more than one occasion to get rosin to reproduce some of the quotes he gave this time a year ago when the former UCLA star was bypassed in favor of QBs Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen in the opening round of the NFL Draft.

Rosen at that time made it clear that he wanted to prove what a mistake the Browns, the Jets and the Bills had made. But, as it turned out, his play on the field and the Cardinals play overall, was dismal and it made him expendable with the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury in Arizona.

When Rosen was reminded Monday of his comments a year ago, but responded,

“I’d like to give you the quote that you want, but, ….for the most part, I’m going day by day…. I think I am a good quarterback and I think I am a good leader.”

Even though his record was 3-10 last year as a starter with only a 55% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns vs. 14 interceptions, there is serious upside on Rosen and contractual benefit to Miami for the trade.

His deal averages out at 2.1 million per season through 2020 one and only 2.9 Million for the final year. Miami will also get the fifth year option on rosen’s rookie deal which is valued at $17.6 million for 2022.

Further, when Rosen was asked Monday about becoming the type of franchise quarterback that the Dolphins have been searching for for 20 years since the retirement of legend Dan Marino, he again did not take the bait:

“I think I heard that I was going to get that question. Hopefully, I can follow in some semblance of his massive footsteps.

So, Monday’s approach with his new team was much like what we wrote about Sunday showing class and leadership despite the Cardinals “cold shoulder” of the last few months.

Clearly, he’s learned and matured just from last season that talking isn’t going to get it done.

Rosen did relay Monday that he has only met coach Brian Flores and new offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea, who both were Patriot assistants last year, when he got to Miami for the first time this weekend.

He also told the Miami media that the Patriots never met with him prior to the draft a year ago. And, that would be logical with Hall of Famer Tom Brady still being at the controls and New England not being interested in picking the quarterback in the opening round in 2018

There was a quick moment of honesty from Rosen when being asked about “the chip on his shoulder” getting bigger,

“I don’t think the chip on my shoulder has got to grow anymore. (Smiling) I think it might tip over.”

Indeed, Rosen knows he needs to get to work and a new surrounding with a new play-caller and a new system.

However, most importantly for him, is the new opportunity to become a star in the NFL.

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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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