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.
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.
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.
With the dog days of summer upon us, and very little news coming out of the NFL, there is one story I’ve been following. Running back Duke Johnson wants out of Cleveland.
During the off-season, Johnson asked the Cleveland Browns to trade him. He was feeling like the Browns just didn’t want him anymore. Hearing that the Browns had put Johnson on the trading block before the running back had even asked about a trade was sort of a hint. Johnson has become so adamant about wanting out of Cleveland that he fired his agent Kristin Campbell and hired Super-agent Drew Rosenhaus.
As we are slowly approaching the 2019 NFL season, many fans and analysts are already looking ahead to the 2020 NFL draft.
With the start of a new season comes the prediction that this could be one of the best quarterback classes we have seen in quite a while. If any or all of these predictions come true come late into the 2019 college football season, I would expect to see as many as 5 teams trying to land their franchise quarterback.
Leading the list of quarterbacks that will be eligible to enter the 2020 NFL draft is Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. If you follow any Miami Dolphins fan, you probably have seen the “Tank For Tua” posts flying around. Barring severe injury or a disastrous junior season, Tagovailoa is expected to be the first quarterback off the board. The 6’1″ dynamic dual-threat quarterback and Walter Camp Player of the Year will start his campaign out August 31st against Duke.
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?