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Josh Rosen not hearing from Cardinals GM not uncommon

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On Tuesday afternoon, after his first workout in Dolphins OTAs, new quarterback Josh Rosen took to the national airwaves to discuss, once more, his departure from Arizona.

As you are probably aware, after drafting him in the first round in 2018 and an awful season all the way around, the Cardinals elected to draft Oklahoma Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick last month. This basically signaled that Rosen would depart the desert somehow, someway. Subsequently, the Cardinals and Dolphins reached an agreement on night two of the draft to send the former UCLA quarterback to South Florida.

Well, on Tuesday’s edition of the Rich Eisen show simulcast on DirecTV and the radio, Rosen gave a wide-ranging interview about getting acclimated to his Dolphins teammates and new surroundings, but also took a “slight jab” at Cardinals GM Steve Keim:

“The only thing that did kind of truly frustrate me through this whole process is, like I still haven’t heard from my old GM. Didn’t talk to him for months before still haven’t talked to him months after,” Rosen told Eisen. “That was kind of frustrating, but for the most part I’m just ready to put that whole chapter behind me.”

While all of that frustration is understandable and we have written previously, that Rosen did the smart thing and take the high road most of the time through all of this, it should be pointed out: that it’s not uncommon that general managers don’t communicate directly with players that they’re getting rid of.

In fact, numerous times every March free agency period, teams will be releasing players for various reasons and in a lot of cases, those players have been long-standing stars with that team.  Yet, the GM won’t necessarily speak directly to them about the move (usually their release) being made. Rather, they will communicate through the player’s agent on what’s about to happen.

Certainly, that is not always the case and those GM’s with the most integrity would usually directly contact a valuable player who had been with their team for significant out of time. Now, that’s not Rosen, in this case, as he was only in Arizona one year.

Still, Keim drafted Rosen, and even traded up to do so, yet didn’t want to clue him in to what they were thinking/doing.

Again though, in fairness, the Cardinals were probably trying not to tip their hand that they were going to actually draft Murry and may or may not, keep Rosen. So, better than continuing ongoing conversation with Rosen and or his agent, during this process, they elected instead to go “radio silent” instead.

Finally, in this case, it works out great for Rosen that he’s been traded to a new situation, where clearly, if he performs well during training camp and the preseason, he will be the guy that the Dolphins will go to if not at the very beginning, very soon in the 2019 season.

And his ultimate “revenge” and proving of his value, will be his play on the field. Not, whether the public agrees with Rosen on how the Cardinals should have handled getting rid of him.

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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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