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:
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— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) May 15, 2019
“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.
Dolphins reverse course- will start Josh Rosen Sunday
In a move that fits the pattern of seemingly having no true plan of how to get better and, further being willing to change or get rid of personnel on any whim, coach Brian Flores and the Dolphins have done “a 180 turn,” and will now start second-year quarterback Josh Rosen in Dallas Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2019
After being adamant for the last three days the team would continue to start veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, even after two dismal games where the Dolphins lost by a combined score of 102 – 10, Flores and the organization have obviously decided that now is the time to see what Rosen can do.
We at F.F.I. called for this move on Monday, as Miami’s offense could be truly no worse than what it has looked like in the losses to Baltimore and the Patriots at home.
And sooner or later you have to give Rosen an extended look to find out, if he has some promise to be a quarterback of the future or at least, part of the mix as a backup etc., for 2020 and 2021.
Clearly, Miami is doing everything they can to lose every possible game they can and get their best draft position in 2020.
To that end, the Dolphins traded 2018 first round pick defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday acquiring their number one pick. This added on to the blockbuster trade of left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills where the Dolphins acquired the Texans number one and number two picks this year and their first round pick next year.
The Dolphins stuck Rosen in Sunday’s disaster with New England with nine minutes to go and trailing 43-0 and he threw 18 passes, completing only seven and also had an INT while being sacked three times. Rosen even managed to roll his ankle, but kept playing, but only in worthless garbage time.
Rosen, who was acquired in an April draft night trade with Arizona, was 3-10 last year as a starter with only a 55% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns vs. 14 interceptions with the Cards.
Now, considerably handicapped on offense without Tunsil and Stills, etc., we will see what the former UCLA first round pick can do against the formidable Cowboys.
Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers
The Dolphins remained true to their “lose at all costs” mentality for 2019, as they dealt last season’s #1 pick, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers on Monday night.
TRADE: Steelers are trading a 2020 first-round pick to the Dolphins for DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2019
As we wrote earlier Monday night, Fitzpatrick has been disgruntled in Miami just two horrible games into their season and was given permission to seek a trade last week. Apparently, Pittsburgh came up with the best offer, first, to get the former Alabama All American.
Fitzpatrick, who the Dolphins took with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, is disgruntled in part, because of the Dolphins “veteran purge” that has gone all in all offseason, stripping them of experienced talent everywhere. He further has been unhappy with new head coach Brian Flores and defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, moving him to different positions all over the defensive secondary in the preseason and the first two games of the year.
Fitzpatrick started and played significantly in most of Fins Sunday blowout loss to the Patriots 43-0 that dropped them to a dismal looking 0-2. And Pro Football Focus gave him a decent grade for Sunday:
Minkah Fitzpatrick was the highest-graded #Dolphins player in Week 2
— PFF MIA Dolphins (@PFF_Dolphins) September 16, 2019
GM Chris Grier continues to stock pile draft picks for the “named players” on his roster. This included the huge deal trading of starting LT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills on the eve of the season to the Houston Texans. Miami got the Texans next two #1 picks and their second rounder in 2021 in that deal.
The acquiring of the Steelers first rounder gives Miami three opening round picks now in next April’s draft.
Reportedly, the teams are also swapping fourth (Miami’s) and fifth round picks in 2020 and sixth (Pittsburgh’s) and seventh rounders in 2021, as part of the deal.
Grier had been busy getting rid of other veterans in the off season. This also included dealing players like QB Ryan Tannehill and DE Robert Quinn in March, veteran WR Danny Amendola being cut after just one season in Miami and Pro Bowl DE Cam Wake being allowed to walk away in free agency.
In addition to trading Tunsil and Stills, Grier dealt his most productive tackler the last three years, Kiko Alonso, to the Saints at the end of preseason, too.
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