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Dolphins start coach Brian Flores era Thursday

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It is the preseason, but it is the debut for the Dolphins newest head coach, Brian Flores, as Miami gets set to host the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock stadium Thursday night.

Flores obviously brings credibility having been park of three recent Super Bowl wins by the New England Patriots, including as the defensive play caller in their latest Title Game win over the Rams in February.

It goes without saying that most observers and pundits believe this will be a long season in Miami that may result in his only two or three wins.

This is especially because of the unsettled quarterback situation, where 15 year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is currently the starter as preseason begins. However, the Dolphins are hoping that former number one pick of the Arizona Cardinals, Josh Rosen, whom they got in a trade in April, will eventually overtake him for the starting role.

Miami also has an unsettled running back situation between veteran Kenyan Drake and second-year back Kalen Ballage among a group of other young players that will vie for carries, etc.

If the Dolphins do have a strength it’ss probably at wide receiver where veteran speedster Kenny Stills will be helped my former first-round pick DeVante Parker. Later in August, speedy Albert Wilson, who comes off injured reserve with hip surgery, is expected to slowly work his way back. And, tight ends Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe, who enter their second seasons, should be able to contribute more in 2019.

Probably the biggest concern is the defense, where the Fins did draft Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins in the first round. They do have a couple of other potential impact players in linebacker Raekwon McMillan, plus defensive backs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Xavien Howard. However the lack of quality starters and depth will be more apparent on the side of the ball, even though it’s Flores’ specialty.

When you take into account the Flores has never been a head coach at any level. And further, most of Bill Belichick’s former assistants have struggled, especially early with their new teams, there obviously will be a learning curve.

The questions are there and starting with seeing the Falcons starters in the first quarter Thursday, we’ll see some answers, too.

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Dolphins will go back to veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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The Miami Dolphins continue their ongoing evaluation of whom will start the season at quarterback between veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and second-year newly acquired, Josh Rosen. And on Monday morning, coach Brian Flores announced that after Rosen had started game two last Friday night in Tampa, Fitzpatrick will be back under center to begin the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this Thursday.

Flores met with a media prior to the Dolphins latest workout on Monday but also said not to read too much into the latest QB switch:

Miami started Rosen against the Buccaneers, whom they acquired from the Arizona Cardinals in a draft weekend trade. And, as we wrote, he was largely ineffective for most of Friday night’s first half that he played.

The final stat line read 10-18 102 yards 0 TD and 0 INT, which indicates an average half of football.

And, yes there were damp conditions from pregame rain in Tampa, but Rosen on multiple occasions threw behind or low towards receivers that were open for possible gains. He was also jittery against the Bucs occasional blitz package from new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Rosen was sacked three times and knocked down several others.

A key moment of scrutiny was when Rosen was unable to get the team in the end zone after they got outstanding field position on a Buccaneers 31 yard line midway through the first after fumble buy backup running back Andre Ellington. The Fins moved inside the 10, but Tampa Bay held Miami on fourth down, where Rosen threw incomplete in the right corner of the end zone to backup receiver Isaiah Ford and Miami came away with no points.

While Flores tried to make it clear that the media and fans should not read too much into going back to Fitzpatrick as an indication on who will be the opening day starter, it will likely be the veteran when Miami hosts the Baltimore Ravens on September 8th.

Miami obviously knows what they have in the 15-year veteran Fitzpatrick, who started the first three games of last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And he led them to two victories and was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for both of the first to win in 2018.

However, just because Fitzpatrick starts the Jaguars game Thursday night, doesn’t mean Rosen won’t play in the first half with the first team to get another look for new offensive coordinator, Chad O’Shea.

The game Thursday night will also be televised nationally by Fox and the Jaguars are expected to play their starters throughout the first half, and perhap,  into the early part of the third quarter.

That will give Fitzpatrick and maybe, Rosen,  ample opportunity to see what they can do against a quality defense.

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Dolphins QB Rosen did little Friday night to win starting job

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The ongoing battle for who will start the Dolphins season at quarterback took another interesting turn in Friday night’s preseason game with the Buccaneers. However, the current backup, second-year player Josh Rosen, did little to help his case to unseat veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

New head coach Brian Flores and his offensive coordinator, Chad O’Shea, obviously challenged Rosen by having him start with the first team and play the entire first half in last night’s second preseason game.

Unfortunately, for Rosen and the coaching staff, he did a little to impress and at times, showed the same shaky quarterback play and bad throws that he did during a mostly dismal rookie season in Arizona. The final stat line read 10-18 102 yards 0 TD and 0 INT, which indicates average half of football.

And, yes there were damp conditions from pregame rain, but Rosen on multiple occasions threw behind or low towards receivers that were open for possible gains. He was also jittery against the Bucs occasional blitz package from new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Rosen was sacked three times and knocked down several others.

A key moment of scrutiny was when Rosen was unable to get the team in the end zone after they got outstanding field position on a Buccaneers 31 yard line midway through the first after fumble buy backup running back Andre Ellington. The Fins moved inside the 10, but Tampa Bay held Miami on fourth down, where Rosen threw incomplete in the right corner of the end zone to backup receiver Isaiah Ford and Miami came away with no points.

Later in the first half Rosen should have thrown an interception, as he threw the ball right to Bucs rookie defensive back Jamel Dean after throwing late and behind a receiver on the near sideline. However, Dean dropped the INT. Still, Miami punted shortly after.

Coach Brian Flores said after the joint practices with the Bucs this week that Rosen needed to “improve his body language” and leading the team.

Yet, while this was a dress rehearsal, he did little to inspire the Dolphins offense, which only managed 2 field goals even with great field position throughout the first half.

There will still be more opportunity for Rosen in the final two preseason games, and perhaps he will be better.

Better than he was Friday night.

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