Two games, 10 points, 23 first downs. All that adds up to no wins in two home games for the Miami Dolphins, and surprisingly, no change at quarterback.
Following Miami's 43-0 defeat to the rival New England Patriots, in which Ryan Fitzpatrick threw not one, but two pick-sixes, Dolphins coach Brian Flores told reporters that the journeyman would remain his starting quarterback -- for now.
"Ryan's still the starter. We'll evaluate things over the course of the week," the rookie coach said following Miami's worst home loss since last week. "As of right now, Ryan is still the starter."
Named the starter ahead of the season instead of second-year signal-caller Rosen, the 36-year-old Fitzpatrick has done little to earn another shot at leading Miami's roster into Week 3. It seems like a change is likely going to happen at some point, probably sooner than later, as Fitz is just 25-for-50 for 174 yards, 0 TDs and 4 INTs in two games.
Josh Rosen was the 10th overall pick just a year ago and he finds a new home this offseason in Miami. He’s projected to earn the starting quarterback job and has had a full year of experience and an offseason to develop his professional game.
Rosen struggled as a rookie, finishing with 11 touchdowns and 19 turnovers in 14 games. He completed just 55% of his passes and averaged 172 passing yards per start. Football Outsiders ranked him last in DYAR (defense-adjusted yards above replacement) among 34 QBs with 200+ attempts.
2019 Bottom Line
We don’t even know if Rosen will earn the starting job as Miami signed Ryan Fitzpatrick in the offseason. Fitzpatrick was actually one of the best fantasy options for a while in 2018, and could earn the starting job. But even if Rosen was guaranteed the starting job in Miami, there isn’t much to like here. He’s a developing player in a bad offense on a rebuilding team. There are so many other quarterbacks with higher potential this season.