Having completed the biggest trade of the NFL Draft weekend by acquiring former Cardinals first round pick Josh Rosen Friday night, the Dolphins may have already had an idea of what kind of leadership they were getting with the second-year QB. Well, the last 24 hours have demonstrated that they may be getting an even bigger leader than what they thought.
First, there’s something to be said for Rosen taking the high road during the entire off-season soap opera of whether or not the Cardinals were going to draft Oklahoman Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick.
Not once did Rosen publicly complain that the job that was supposed to be his, was being yanked out from under him after only one season. A season, where Cardinals first-year coach Steve Wilks had fired the offensive coordinator less than halfway into it. Then, Wilks got fired himself and set into motion the hiring of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and eventually, the drafting of Murray.
Even even in the previous couple of weeks, where it became increasingly apparent the Kingsbury was in love with Murray and he was going to be the pick, you still never heard Rosen say a disparaging word anywhere, including online, about Arizona or the situation.
And in taking the high road, Rosen was rewarded with a trade to a franchise in South Florida that has been craving somebody to develop into not only the passer but the leader at the offense needs.
And that’s when Rosen gave two more examples of his character and his leadership. First he posted this classy goodbye to the Cardinals organization and fans with predictions of greatness for Murray, too, on Instagram:
That is obviously something he did not have to do, and could have just said nothing when departing.
Still it speaks to maturity and character for the former UCLA star.
Then, on Saturday afternoon Rosen kept his commitment to participate with former teammate and soon-to-be Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s charity softball event.
Fitzgerald, who’s as iconic as any Cardinal and as any athlete in the “Valley of the Sun,” praised Rosen’s handling of the whole situation on the PA microphone to the crowd prior to Rosen taking part in the softball Home Run Derby.
Take a look at the video, as Rosen got a standing ovation before taking some cuts in the batter’s box:
Josh Rosen gets a standing ovation at #FitzSoftball. He homered his second pitch of the derby. I was told he stayed in town specifically for this. In the time it’s taken me to type this, he’s had six more homers pic.twitter.com/Cgt0x5lO4O
— katherine fitzgerald (@kfitz134) April 28, 2019
Rosen very easily could have “bagged” the softball charity event Saturday night and almost everyone, including Fitzgerald, would have understood under the circumstances of what had transpired the last two days and his being traded.
But, there’s a right way and a wrong way to conduct yourself, and Rosen has obviously gotten great upbringing and representation on: whenever you get the chance to lead and do the right thing, you should do it.
That way, others will unquestionably follow you, because they know you’re of high character and your heart and head are always in the right place for them and for the team.
Rosen may or may not excel in Dolphin colors later this season and broader, for his Miami career.
But no one can question, that even while being “hung out to dry” recently, he’s handled himself with class and demonstrated leadership qualities that have to be very encouraging for the Fins organization and should be for the fans as well.
Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine
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:
Tua Tagovailoa measured at 6-0, 217 pounds at the NFL combine today. Left throwing hand at 10”
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) February 24, 2020
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.
Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday
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:
We'd like to officially introduce you to our new HC, Karl Dorrell.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) February 23, 2020
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.
“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.