The Miami Dolphins are not going to get talked about much this season. With the Jets and Bills expected to be much better this season and the Patriots being the Patriots, they are destined to finish last in the division. Many think they will have the worst record in the league this year. But for the next couple of weeks, there will be one at least one interesting one about the Dolphins.
Who is going to be their starting quarterback for Week One of the 2019 regular season?
Ryan Fitzpatrick was brought in to presumably be the starter. But then they traded the Arizona Cardinals for Josh Rosen, the Cardinals first-round draft pick from a year ago.
Rosen is only going into his second year, so he could be the franchise quarterback the Dolphins have been looking for. But to find out, they have to let him play. However, if he is not better than Fitzpatrick, would new head coach Brian Flores be doing the fans a disservice by starting Rosen?
Wouldn’t that be like giving up on the season before it even starts?
Flores will weigh all of that and so much more before he decides on who the Week One starter will be. But if you think like the oddsmakers at BetOnline.ag, the decision is easy:
- Dolphins starting QB in Week 1 of 2019 reg. season
o Ryan Fitzpatrick -300
o Josh Rosen +200
The odds make sense. Fitzpatrick may be a lot older than Rosen, but he had some brilliant games last season including a three-game stretch where he threw for over 400 yards in each game and 11 total touchdowns.
But then he also had three stinkers where he failed to crack 200-yards.
Rosen, on the other hand, doesn’t have much to hang his hat on. In his 13 starts, he only threw for 200+ yards four times. He only completed 55.2 percent of his passes and threw more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (11).
With that in mind, it is definitely not hard to see why the odds favor Fitzpatrick. Of course, when it comes down to it, last season isn’t going to mean a thing. But what the head coach says about you now does, via ESPN:
“It’s pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way. He’s done that in a lot of areas, from leadership to production on the field to the meeting rooms to the walk-throughs. This is an ongoing competition, but right now he’s leading the way.”
Those comments were made before Week One of the preseason when Rosen had yet to wear his Dolphins game uniform—which he now has. All in all, he wasn’t bad; 13-20 for 191 yards and an interception.
His performance has been described as ‘up and down.’ He did some good things but also some not so good things. But the real question that needs answering is whether he did enough to convince Flores that he will get better with more playing time.
However, while he can get playing time in the preseason, he will not be facing the kind of defense he’ll see in the regular season.
When it comes down to it, there is going to be too much uncertainty with starting Rosen. Even if he looks great for the remainder of the preseason, it will have been mostly against defenders who don’t make the cut.
Ryan Fitzpatrick will not lead the Dolphins to the Super Bowl, but he will give the team a better chance to win in Week One.