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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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Former Canes coach Golden apparently ready for trial against school

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Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is apparently about to have his day in court, while trying to recoup what he says is multi-millions of dollars that the University still owes him from firing him 5 years ago.

Miami Herald writer and columnist Barry Jackson had more on Monday evening that there apparently will not be a settlement by the school with the man that coached them for parts of five seasons in the 2010s.

Golden is seeking in excess of $3 million for what he says is compensation per his contract that he was owed when Miami terminated him in October of 2015 after a humiliating 58 – 0 lost to Clemson. The University says that Golden has been paid what the contract required.

As Jackson reported, there have already been depositions on both sides, including with Miami athletic director Blake James. And both James and Golden will be testifying in the civil suit about what went wrong and how it has not been rectified for almost three years, since the dispute started.

Golden came to Miami after having turned around the Temple football program, but only went 32 – 25 in his four plus seasons. He contends in a chain of emails that were obtained by the media recently, that the University mislead him about the Nevin Shapiro payment scandal and the punishments that Miami was going to receive for scholarship losses and a bowl ban.

He further contends that he asked for tough opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan State to be pushed back on the Canes schedule early in his tenure, while they were in the middle of the sanctions. However, that  James would not relent, thereby, making it much tougher for Miami to compete and win.

The University has had no comment on the possible suit going to trial. Golden’s lawyer told the media recently that they are anxious to have their day in front of a judge and jury.

Golden has been a position coach in the NFL with the Detroit Lions the last two years. Meanwhile, Miami is still trying to find their footing with coach Manny Diaz coming off a dismal 6-7 season where they lost their last three games. That included a humiliating 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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Hurricanes name College Hall of Famer Ed Reed Chief of Staff

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The Miami Hurricanes are hoping to reestablish their winning ways, and coach Manny Diaz is starting 2020 by reaching back to a prominent member of their recent past to help them.

Diaz and the school announced Thursday afternoon that former All-American, National Champion and College and NFL Hall of Fame safety, Ed Reed, will be coming aboard as a newly-created “Chief of Staff” position for Hurricanes football:

As the school’s release said, Reed “will be responsible in advisory role of all aspects of the football program including strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation and player Development among other duties.

Diaz said in the statement,

“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”  

This hire comes on the heels of Miami apparently botching the hiring in a similar role of former star RB  from the 80’s Alonzo Highsmith earlier this month. Highsmith negotiated with Diaz and AD Blake James about looking to come back to Coral Gables after having been in a similar role with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL this past year. Alas, they could not agree. Highsmith has since been fired after the Browns fired GM John Dorsey and shook up their front office.

As for the “Chief of Staff” position, numerous college programs, including Clemson Alabama and Georgia have a similar positions to aid and assist the head coach with the day-to-day administration of program.

You cannot find a more decorated Cane willing to help, as Reed was arguably the best safety in college football in the 2000s. Miami posted a 23 – 1 record over his final two seasons (’00-’01) and he was part of the 2001 BCS Championship team that finished 11-1 and destroyed Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

Reed with a consensus First-team All-American in 2000 and 2001 and set the Hurricanes record for interceptions with 21 before leaving Coral Gables.

Reed was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 for his accomplishments.

Reed was later a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, playing at 11 sasons with them before playing his final year with the Texans and the Jets. He is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-Pro six times. Reed was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame year ago.

Read was not quoted in the release by the Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon.

However, he did participate earlier during Super Bowl week in Miami with former Hurricanes legendary coach Jimmy Johnson in a special program from Fox Sports with other famous Hurricane alumni like Michael Irvin.

The program called “The ReUnion” dealt with Miami trying to regain the winning ways and dominance of the 80s and 90s.

Miami stumbled to a 6-6 finish and then was embarrassed to end Diaz’s first season with a 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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