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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.”

Yowzer.

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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Not so fast on QB D’Eriq King coming to Hurricanes?

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24 hours later it doesn’t look dead certain that Houston transfer quarterback D’Eriq King will end up at the University of Miami after all.

In fact, it may be several days before we know the coveted grad transfer QB decides to do.

This after a report Sunday out of Houston from Fox 26 Sports director Mark Berman ,who got comments from King about his short term plans and visits:

It is interesting that King is considering Maryland in the mix in addition to powerhouse LSU and possibly trying to revitalize Miami.

As our Jamil King wrote on Sunday it looked like the Houston standout quarterback was “e-ticketed” for Coral Gables and to come as a package deal with newly hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee, who has previously been at Auburn and the SMU offensive coordinator the last couple of seasons, was hired two weeks ago to help jump start the Canes disastrous offense from the second half of last year.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games, but was also inconsistent in his own right. Miami suffered humiliating losses to FIU and at Duke to close the regular season.

Then, the Hurricanes were completely inept in the Independence Bowl, while being shut out 14-0. This, while rumors were swirling everywhere that coach Manny Diaz would be firing his first year offensive coordinator, Dan Enos. Enos, who had been the QB coach at Alabama, was fired the next day.

Back to King, if the Hurricanes are able to land him, they get a player who over his career at the University of Houston threw for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. He promises to bring some explosives, something the Canes desperately needed, if they can land him.

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Hurricanes land Houston QB transfer King

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Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz found out very quickly that the life if a head coach isn’t an easy one. He saw his Miami Hurricane offense move nothing like a “Hurricane” at all.

Instead of fast and lethal, it was often slow and stagnant.

Thus, Diaz had to go in a different direction for his offense replacing his first-year offensive coordinator Dan Enos, and he made what looks to be like a strong hire in Rhett Lashlee, bringing his spread offense over from SMU.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games but was also inconsistent in his own right.\

With New OC Lashlee coming in, it was going to be interesting if either Williams or Perry could run the new system or if seldom used 2019 transfer Tate Martell may be the best fit?

All of those questions may be answered for us already with news coming out today on a new Miami quarterback entering the fold. Houston transfer D’Eriq King has decided to play for the Canes in 2020.

King is an immediate upgrade in the QB room for a few different reasons for the Hurricanes in 2020. First, over his career at the University of Houston (above), King has thrown for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. The young man can flat out play ball, something the Canes desperately needed.

King is also going to be a leader in the locker room and the quarterback room. He is an older guy and will be someone everyone can look up to and listen to another coach on the field. King also brings the most to this offense.

He has the ability to make deep throws to the far side or hit a man in stride. He also brings the running ability to the offense that opens up a Pandora’s box for Lashlee. He can use the QB designed run, an option here and there, and lots of RPOs.

The addition of King is certainly an exciting one, and once again, for the second offseason in a row, there is new optimism on the offense in Coral Gables.

The question is this time will the excitement last longer into the season, and will it produce?

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