Every fall as the college football season comes to a close, all eyes turn to the NFL draft. Fans start their mocks, NFL teams start to prepare their boards. The Mel Kiper wannabes come out in droves. Fans begin their banter as to why their respective team should pick this player.
Flashback to January 7, 2019. The day of the 2019 College National Championship game. Clemson, behind true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and Alabama lead by sophomore sensation, QB Tua Tagovailoa. I bring this game up because I believe this is where it all began.
Regardless of the outcome of the game, scouts and fans had already begun to focus on these two starting quarterbacks. Tua Tagovailoa will be eligible for the 2020 NFL draft, while the other, Trevor Lawrence, will have to wait for eligibility in 2021. Per scouts and fans alike, both these college quarterbacks clearly have “Franchise” written all over them.
For the second week in a row, the Miami Dolphins have been outscored by double digits. After a complete thrashing by the Baltimore Ravens in week 1, the Dolphins looked to rebound against their AFC East rival New England Patriots.
After last week’s defensive break-downs, the Dolphins improved defensively, although the score might not reflect this. The defense held the Patriots to just 13 points in the first half. The second half is when the defense finally broke.
This week the offense can shoulder the blame. Only one stat I need to give you: Total yards per team. The Patriots had 381, whereas the Dolphins offense only complied 184 yards. Let’s be honest, most of these yards came after the game was out of reach.
The Dolphins opened up the 2019 NFL season against the Baltimore Ravens. A team that the Dolphins often have a tough time winning against. Today brought new meaning to tough time.
Coming into the game, first time Head Coach Brian Flores was looking for his team to make a fast start. Instead, he watched a complete team melt-down. The Ravens scored on their first four possessions. Pretty much putting this game away at half-time.
The Dolphins only managed 10 points before the half. Those points came from a 54-yard field goal by kicker Jason Sanders, then late into the second quarter, starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick found wide receiver Preston Williams for a 6-yard touchdown.
With the 2019 NFL season upon us, the Dolphins have a new coach, new system, and the same old doom and gloom beat writers. For the past 10 -15 years it’s been the same old, same old. Reading column after column of the sure failures that this Dolphins team will face. I read them all as a challenge to find some ray of hope. Some silver lining that this whole season won’t be a total loss.
Now that we are days away from our opener, I’m still searching for that silver lining. I find myself analyzing and hanging on to every single word that Coach Flores says, looking for a clue. That one word that might make me understand all that has happened. I catch myself even watching his body language as he speaks.
Editors Note: OurTurf Football has had a great, long-time friendship with Russell Baxter and we were honored when he asked a few of our writers to do team season previews for his website, PFG Vibe/ProFootballGuru. OTFB’s Lisa Johnson wrote up her thoughts on the upcoming season for the Miami Dolphins. The article was originally published on Aug 25, 2019, and can be seen here.
The Miami Dolphins fired Head Coach Adam Gase after 3 seasons with the Dolphins. After leading the Dolphins to their first playoff birth since 2008, Gase was fired after the 2018 season, posting a 7-9 record. The Miami Dolphins then moved onto New England Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores. Flores served as linebackers coach and defensive play-caller during the 2018 Super Bowl run. On February 4, 2019, Flores was hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
With game 3 of the 2019 preseason already in the books, are the Miami Dolphins fans any closer to knowing which quarterback starts game 1 of the regular season? The answer seems to be no.
According to Coach Brian Flores, both QBs played well against the Jaguars, with Ryan Fitzpatrick getting the start. Fitzpatrick didn’t seem to have an awful night, but he didn’t have a spectacular night either. He finished just after the start of the 3rd quarter.
Enter Josh Rosen, who lead the Dolphins on a 99-yard scoring drive. Play of the drive, Rosen under pressure, rolled away from the pressure and found WR Isaiah Ford for 39 yards down the field. Topped off by two scrambles of 11 and 14-yards to keep the drive alive.
As I sat in Raymond James Stadium, it was announced that Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen would be getting the start. This wasn’t really much of a surprise since Rosen took the majority of the first-team snaps in practice this week. This was the moment Dolphins fans had been waiting for. With the return of Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, Josh Rosen got his first extended play running with the first-team offensive line.
The first half went fairly well for Rosen, who drove the Dolphins to a first and goal, only to come up short on fourth and goal. Rosen seemed to work well out of a clean pocket, but you could see some growing pains with several balls being thrown low and short, including one to wide receiver Isaiah Ford that should have been a touchdown. To his credit, a couple of his passes were flat out drops by WRs Preston Williams and Kenny Stills.
Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers started their second day of joint practices under dark and ominous skies. After several runs back and forth, indoor then out, fans and media were eventually sent indoor permanently due to lightning in the area. As both squads moved into their routine drills, several things stood out.
The Dolphins quarterback battle continued. Josh Rosen took the majority of the snaps with the first team, while Ryan Fitzpatrick worked the day with the second team. Both seemed to have their struggles as the Dolphins continue to try to fill in some serious holes on that offensive line.