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How bad was now Dolphins QB Rosen last year in Arizona?

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It’s no secret that Josh Rosen struggled mightily in his rookie year in Arizona, and it eventually led to his departure to the Miami Dolphins this April. But, just how bad was his 2018 season, and more importantly how much of it was on him and for the Dolphins, how soon can Corrections be made?

Our colleagues at the Draft Network do an outstanding job of analyzing potential picks leading up to the NFL Draft and even take a look back at some after they’re rookie seasons.

That was done by Benjamin Solak this week with Rosen’s rookie year in the “Valley of the Sun.” Here is his detailed analysis with video repeatedly backing up what he saw and what he evaluated:

We were particularly interested when Solak, who has logged hundreds and hundreds of hours over the last few years as a talent evaluator, wrote this about what he saw during games from Rosen:

Josh Rosen was also bad in 2018. And that’s where we’re going to start, when it comes to a rookie review on Rosen’s season: the end. By the end of his rookie season, we could conclusively call that season “bad,” because it was. Among last year’s rookies, Rosen had the worst figures in TD%, sacks/dropback, and adjusted yards/attempt — only Josh Allen had a worse completion percentage….

In short: Rosen did not complete a lot of passes, did not pick up a lot of yards on those passing attempts, and lost a lot of yardage on a lot of sacks. These are all important ingredients in a stinker season recipe.”


Obviously, it’s a fresh start for the former UCLA star and 10th overall pick by the Cardinals last year. The only thing that matters at this point for the new coaching staff in Miami led by Brian Flores, and with his offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea, is: how soon can they get rosin to look more like what we saw on Pac-12 Saturdays in college?

It will also be a benefit that Rosen has long time veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in the meeting room and out on the practice field helping him learn, as has been the case since he was acquired two months ago.

It should also be noted that Fitzpatrick has already been installed as the starter, thus taking some of the pressure off, at least initially, for Rosen. It can also be viewed as a challenge for him to try to win the job during training camp later this summer and in the preseason.

Back to Solak, as he concludes in his analysis as it relates to Rosen coming to Miami this way:

The final question to answer belongs to the Miami Dolphins, really — but we can try to answer it for them: what does it look like when Rosen is on time? I’ve told you all about how he was knocked off-script, and how he was the author of his own problems at times, and how he can self-correct because he’s talented. So what does it look like when it’s right and easy?

The Cardinals hardly know, because they never really unlocked that. Again, that fault belongs to a lot of people, including Rosen, to varying degrees. However, when we pick and choose our Rosen reps, we can see how quickly he gets the ball out, how accurately he does so, and how he can retain his sense of rhythm and placement even when pressure strikes quickly.

And now we find out how much of it was: Rosen being bad because Arizona was awful, and how much was Arizona awful because of Rosen? And for Miami, will it confirm or not that Rosen isn’t really that good, unless he’s constantly got a clean pocket and open receivers?

We will soon be finding out those answers in a couple of months

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