By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303
All tanking talk aside, the Dolphins actually put themselves into a position to win their week 6 game. With under a minute to go in the fourth quarter, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game with the Dolphins down by 7. He did so after starting QB Josh Rosen was benched in the 3rd quarter.
Fitzpatrick drove the Dolphins down the field to a potentially tying touchdown. With only seconds left. Fitzpatrick found wide receiver DeVante Parker in the back of the end zone. With no hesitating what so ever. The Dolphins offense stayed out on the field, setting up for a potential winning 2 point conversion.
By the reaction of the crowd at Hard Rock Stadium, all seemed on board with the call. As Fitzpatrick took the snap and tried to hit running back Kenyan Drake on a quick slant. Drake bobbled and dropped the ball, failing to get the 2 points and the win.
Drake was asked about Head Coach Brian Flores’ decision to go for two.
“I respect it. I love it. I want to be in the situation to win the game each and every time. We know he has the utmost faith in his offense and the ability to go out there and call a play, run it, and execute it and make a play. I personally did not hold my bargain of the deal. That’s what we do as professional athletes in this game. This world, this league, it’s all about what have you done for me lately. As a professional in any aspect, you are expected to perform and hold your job up to the utmost of your ability. I did all I could out in that game. Everybody from a team standpoint, we went out there and did our best and just fell short.”
After watching the replay, you can’t really blame Drake on the call. I don’t think he would have had much room to make any kind of move, it looked as though he would have been tackled short of the goal.
The #Dolphins get to the brink of their first win… and Kenyan Drake drops the screen pass on the 2-point conversion. Miami isn’t tanking, but they are still in line for No. 1.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 13, 2019
Fitzpatrick said, after the game, that he liked the play call. He states that “anytime you can get the ball in the hands of your playmaker, you give yourselves a shot.”
Head Coach Brian Flores was asked about going for two:
Tell us about the 2-point conversion, the thought of going for two versus one?
“We were trying to win the game, pretty much. We talked about it. We felt good about the play. It’s something we worked on all week. We thought we had an opportunity to win the game, and that was the thought process there. They made a good play. They were ready to go on it, but we’re going to try to win the game in that situation with the amount of time left.”
And then he was asked about Drake’s drop:
Do you think Kenyan Drake would have got in if he’d have caught it?
“No. It looked like they played it pretty well. Drake would have had to make a pretty spectacular play, break a tackle – which he’d been doing a good job breaking tackles all day. I think obviously the first part of it is a good throw (and) a good catch. If you don’t have that, then the rest of it is a moot point.”
Coach Flores was also asked about the quarterback position:
Last week you said that the quarterback competition was settled. Is it unsettled now?
“I think Josh [Rosen] has done a good job. I think today he wasn’t having a good day, and I think we’re always going to do what we feel is best for the team and today that was Fitz [Ryan Fitzpatrick] going in in the fourth quarter. Josh is the starter, I would say. But as this thing – as we continue to move along – there’s always competition. I mean I think everyone needs to feel that. I need to feel that. The players need to feel that. I think we know Fitz was ready to go in today. I think he played well. I think everyone could see that. We need players who are ready to go in and play; but as far as starting, not starting – I think today, it was just a move we felt like we needed to make. It’s no different than if a back’s not going, we put another back in or if a receiver is not going, we put another receiver in. I know it’s ‘the’ position and I understand that but I think we’ll – Josh will continue to be the starter, and, again, if we feel like we need a spark and Fitz has to go in, we’ll continue to do that.”
Things won’t get any easier as the 0-5 Dolphins will travel to Buffalo to play the Bills next Sunday.
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