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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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Will Canes turn things around in home opener?

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The excitement behind first year Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz is quickly losing steam as the once ACC powerhouse has now found themselves as an unranked, middle of the pack team in their conference with an 0-2 record. Granted, they have had some bigger tests than most teams in the first two weeks of play, but still, there is too much talent on this team to have had such a lackluster start.

So, today has to be the day for Diaz to see some success as he heads into his first home game as the Canes head coach. Even if it’s against an FCS team, it will give the Canes the boost they need to turn the season around. They have a lot of young talent who can certainly bring Miami back to its state of prominence and there is still a lot to be hopeful for as they head into their first kickoff in Hard Rock Stadium this season.

History is certainly on Miami’s side. In their all time series with Bethune-Cookman University, Miami has a perfect 4-0 mark against the Wildcats, winning all four games by 3o points or more. Also, Miami has not lost a home opener since 2006, and have emerged victorious in its last 12 home openers, most recently, a shoutout 77-0 victory vs. Savannah State last season.

Amidst the two early losses, RS Freshman QB Jarren Williams has looked strong. In his first ever collegiate start against Top 10 ranked Florida, Williams finished 19-for-30 for 214 yards and 1 TD. He looked even better in week two against ACC opponent North Carolina, throwing for 309 yards on 30-for-39 passing with two touchdowns and no picks. He’ll likely put up even bigger numbers today against a significantly weaker defense. He’s now the ranked fourth among ACC Quarterbacks.

Williams also has strong targets in RB DeeJay Dallas who rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per rush vs. UNC, as well as TE Brevin Jordan who leads the team with 161 receiving yards (80.5 per game).

On the defensive end, Miami has one the best linebacker trios in college football right now with Zach McCloud, Michael Pinckney & Shaq Quarterman. These three have started nearly every game together since arriving to University of Miami as early enrollees in 2016.

UM’s starting offensive line now has three freshman. True freshman LT Zion Nelson, redshirt freshman RT John Campbell, Jr. and true freshman Jakai Clark who made his first start against the Tar Heels. The young UM offensive line looked much improved in week two, but they still allowed four sacks and aren’t up to the caliber they need to be to be considered a solid offensive line. However, facing a FCS level opponent like Bethune-Cookman, the starting five on the offensive line should be able to grow confident together this week. 

Should Miami be upset with the way they’ve started this season, for sure. But, the 0-2 start does not have to reflect what the rest of the year will look like. This week is the perfect opportunity for the teams nine new starters so far this season to get more comfortable and build some confidence, and get the second string guys playing time to give the team more depth all around.

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Even with defeat Canes legend Irvin passionate about future

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MIAMI IS BACK!!!! Well, at least they are, according to Hurricanes legendary WR Michael Irvin and a social media post Monday morning.

First, Irvin was seen getting Canes fans hyped at a rally Friday night prior to Miami’s opening loss to rival Florida in Orlando Saturday night:

Irvin was also a guest on ESPN’s “College Gameday” show at Disney World and got very animated on Saturday morning with Gators legend/Heisman winner, Tim Tebow:

Well, despite the hype, the Hurricanes played a sloppy game with lots of penalties and turnovers. Some of this was to be expected with a first year head coach in Manny Diaz and a redshirt freshman QB making his first start in Jarren Williams. As we wrote though, Williams showed promise at times despite sacks and misfires, at times for the offense.

Well, Irvin was back on social media Monday (apparently after a morning workout) and wanted Canes fans to know he is encouraged and to keep that same energy even after the loss:

In the :60 post, Irvin made it very clear that the Canes “gave it to the Gators,” and he was so adamant about that, he even said it twice. He was also very encouraged about the way his team played, especially with multiple freshmen on the O-line and a young QB.

“If it weren’t for a few mistakes, the Canes would have walked away with the win!,” Irvin emphasized.

Irvin, who was a two time All American receiver for the Gators in the 80s, part of the 1987 National Championship team and later a Pro Football Hall of Famer with the Cowboys, was a good sport and congratulated the Gators. But, he did leave us with a great quote to end his speech,

“I don’t care what ya’ll say, we will never die. We will never quit, and we will never go anywhere. So, eat that on your breakfast, lunch, and dinner plate.”

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