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:
Dolphins Live: Josh Rosen meets with the media. https://t.co/my5l7nZ83Z
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 29, 2019
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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