Are the Dolphins closer to finding their starting QB?

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

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.

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NFC South: preseason week 2

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

In 2018, the NFC South produced one playoff team and three others who woefully under-performed vs expectations.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints took a 13-3 record into the post-season and lost in what many fans still call an egregious error by the officials.

The Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers both finished with 7-9 records, which was definitely not what most pundits predicted when the season began.

And finally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a dismal 5-11, are still struggling to live up to the promise that drafting quarterback Jameis Winston showed back in 2015.

Will this year see a shake-up in the rankings? Let’s see how they look so far…

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The Dolphins may have a QB battle on their hands

 

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

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.

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The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold joint practice

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

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.

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Dolphins post game review

 

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter; Sports Director

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Coach Brian Flores got his first win as a Head Coach.  The team managed to grind out a 34-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons. It’s only the first of four preseason match-ups, but the Dolphins got off to a great start.

In typical preseason fashion, many of the starters played one or two snaps or not even at all.

Dolphins projected starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took first-team snaps and finished his night after a couple of series. QB Josh Rosen went well into the 4th quarter finally giving way to 3rd string quarterback Jake Rudock.

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Dolphins throwback jerseys: Out with the new, in with the old?

 

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

In April, the Miami Dolphins released their full 2019 NFL schedule. Then in May, came the news many Dolphins fans were waiting for. Tom Garfinkel, CEO of the Miami Dolphins announced via Twitter and Instagram that the Dolphins will sport their very popular throwbacks.  He chose the September 15th home game.

At first, I thought it would be great to wear those against the defending Super Bowl champs, and the always a thorn in our side, New England Patriots. But as quickly as that thought came, it went. Was this a good idea?

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AFC East Draft

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303 

Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL)

Hours to days following the 2019 NFL draft, analysts from all over the country begin to dissect each team and try to gauge which teams hit home runs or which teams whiffed.   In this post AFC East draft article, I asked Jordan Reid, an NFL Draft Staff writer for @Cover_1_, and also host of The Draft Board Podcast for some insight.

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The Eight “Rookie” Head Coaches of 2019

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

This season an unprecedented eight NFL teams will have new head coaches. And for six of these coaches, it will be their first time running the whole show.

Bruce Arians has stepped out of the booth and back onto the field in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have floundered recently and Jameis Winston hasn’t grown or flourished the way we expected him to when he was drafted in 2015. Perhaps promoting former NFL QB turned offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will be the first step in turning Winston around.

But the seven other coaches have their work cut out for them. Let’s take a look at these “rookies” and, maybe the biggest key to their success, who will be under center as they take the field.

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New, Young Head Coaches Smart to Add Veteran Coordinators

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

With the success that the NFL’s youngest head coach, LA Rams HC Sean McVey, it was no surprise NFL owners wanted to try to find the same needle in a haystack. This offseason brought a fury of hirings of young head coaches. Smartly, those coaches are looking to veteran coordinators to fill out their coaching staff.

While teams like Tampa Bay decided to go with a veteran head coach in Bruce Arians, most other coach-needy teams decided to go young. Arizona, Green Bay, Miami, and Cincinnati have all hired coaches between the ages of 35 – 39.

Not that age has anything to do with coaching, but it does have to do with experience. Bringing in veteran coordinators and specialist not only is savvy, but it allows the HCs to be educated by some of the best.

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The quarterback carousel gets spinning

Lisa Johnson Senior Media Manager/NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Going into the 2019 NFL season many teams have needs. Some have different needs than others, but no need is more important than that of the quarterback. There are at least 5 teams that are going to need some help at that position.

The Denver Broncos addressed theirs by agreeing in principle for Baltimore Ravens benched QB Joe Flacco. While Flacco won’t be the answer long term for the Broncos, he will at least give them some time to find their franchise quarterback.

Many NFL analysts have ranted that this 2019 quarterback class, to say it nicely, is average. No one guy stands out at this moment. You’d have to assume Bronco’s GM John Elway agrees with that assessment since he pulled the trigger so quickly on Flacco. I’ve always felt that if you pick a player in the first round, that player has to start day one. I just don’t feel that there are day one starters in this draft, which in my mind is why Flacco is a Bronco.

So what does this signing mean for the other teams that are quarterback-starved? It means another free agent/ “Gap” quarterback is about to hit the market.  If the Broncos can’t find a team to trade their one and done QB, Case Keenum to, then he is expected to be released.

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