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.
Looks like Tua Tagovailoa will work out for teams prior to draft
There will be numerous NFL teams interested, including the Dolphins, on just how healthy injured Alabama star Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is. And, a report on Wednesday says that Tua will likely be ready to throw for teams later in the offseason draft process.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that “NFL quarterback super-agent” Leigh Steinberg and his firm are letting teams know that Tagovailoa’s injured hip should be healed enough for him to be able to throw in early April prior to the NFL Draft at the end of the month:
From our Championship Wednesday coverage on @NFLNetwork: #Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa may throw for NFL teams during a Pro Day in mid-April, thanks to some very positive health news. pic.twitter.com/ooVJCyf0ij
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2020
This will be especially important for teams like the Dolphins, who will be selecting fifth currently in the upcoming selection process.
Tagovailoa 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.
However, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering the hip injury on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and their recent Citrus Bowl win over Michigan two weeks due to the injury.
Typically, players participate in some kind of individual workout or pro day, but as Rappaport relayed, most teams already know what Tagovailoa can do from his previous two seasons at Alabama. The bigger concern is his health and specifically his mobility, as he progresses through the summer and into the first NFL training camp and preseason of his career.
It is believed the Tagovailoa is the second, or at worst third rated, quarterback behind LSU Heisman Trophy winning National Championship QB Joe Burrow. Burrow is expected to be taken first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in late April.
Who is new Dolphins defensive coordinator Josh Boyer?
On Sunday night, the Dolphins finally decided to allow first-year defensive coordinator Patrick Graham to leave and take the same position with the New York Giants. And, coach Brian Flores moved quickly to promote a member of his staff, Josh Boyer, to be his defensive play-caller
So exactly who is former New England assistant that will now be in charge Miami’s defensive unit? More on him in a moment.
First, as we wrote, Miami had wavered Saturday night and Sunday on whether to let Graham go to the Giants to be with new head coach, Joe Judge, creating an important void. Graham was only being given a “lateral move” to New York, and Miami could have continued to block him. But, in the end, Flores had someone he could trust already on staff.
That’s Boyer, who has just completed his 14th season in the NFL, all previously in New England and then, obviously, his first with the Fins after coming with Flores last February.
Boyer’s background is as a secondary coach and specifically, working with cornerbacks. He held that job for his last seven seasons in New England 2012 – 18 and was part of three Super Bowl championships under Bill Belichick.
Boyer deserves credit for helping the development of defensive backs like Malcolm Butler, who sealed Super Bowl 49 win over the Seahawks with his famous goal-line interception of Russell Wison in the final half minute of the game. Boyer also worked closely with Pro Bowlers Logan Ryan and more recently, Stephon Gilmore, who iced Super Bowl 53 win last February with a late INT against the Rams.
This past year was obviously a trying one for the Dolphins defensively, as they finished 32nd in scoring and 30th in overall in defense. But Boyer cannot be judged too much, given the cornerbacks he was working with, especially late in the year.
He had his best player, former number one pick Minkah Fitzpatrick, traded away in the first month to the Steelers. Miami also lost veteran Bobby McCain to injury later in the year and had a depleted secondary at the very end of the season.
However, Boyer (shown above with DB Eric Rowe after his week 17 pick six of Tom Brady) obviously impressed Flores and GM Chris Grier with his coaching to get the promotion.
And, he’s following a similar path as Flores, who worked his way up from secondary coach to defensive coordinator with the Pats.
Now, we’ll see if Miami can bolster their defensive backfield this off sesaon.
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