Miami Dolphins: Should Josh Rosen Start at QB for the Phins in 2019?

After a busy offseason, the Miami Dolphins must figure out who will be their No. 1 quarterback in Week 1. With Ryan Fitzpatrick appearing to lead the QB pack, I would still contend that Josh Rosen should get the nod for the opening week.

Josh Rosen — acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals this past offseason — should get the start. Especially if he understands the playbook and feels comfortable with the offense.

Rosen has the tools to play the position at a high level but needs protection.

With Brian Flores being named Miami’s new head coach, it makes sense for him to get on the right foot as soon as possible and put himself in a position to win games early.


Ryan Fitzpatrick has played on several teams. Those include the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, the Harvard graduate still brings a lot to the Phins.

From being a good character guy and a veteran presence it helps Rosen to know Fitzmagic is right behind him in the Phins’ depth chart.

However, the Dolphins are not going to win the AFC East in ’19, so if Rosen shows any signs of understanding the offense or knows how to lead this group of Phins, it makes sense to throw him in the fire and watch him go.

Rosen needs the guys around him to step up, but it’s clear Miami is invested in the UCLA product.

Miami has plenty of position battles to worry about, but Rosen should get the go-ahead to make his mark.

Rosen threw for 2,278 yards in ’18 to go along with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in Zona.

The Phins o-line doesn’t look strong, but with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson in the receiving core and Dwayne Allen as the main tight end, at least Rosen has an opportunity to spread the ball around quickly to talented pass-catchers.

If Miami chooses to start Rosen in Week 1, sure there’s a risk with that choice, but again it’s important to see what he can do against good coaches and defenses.

In Weeks 1-4, Miami will face Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, and the Los Angeles Chargers. Thus there’s an opportunity for Rosen to make plays against high profile talent.

Fitzpatrick tossed 17 touchdowns and 12 picks, while in Tampa Bay last year; he also tallied 2,366 yards through the air.

The 36-year old had zero touchdowns in his final two games played last season, but had five picks.

We know the type of player Fitzpatrick is at this point in his career. However, there’s a good possibility that no matter who starts at QB, Miami will still look rough offensively.

I would expect the Dolphins to find free agent o-linemen and sign them during the preseason period.

Miami — if things go right — could compete for the third spot in the AFC East. With Buffalo looking for answers on offense and the NY Jets hoping Sam Darnold takes the next step, one could make the argument Miami has a shot to be the No. 2 team in the east, behind New England.

Rosen getting the opening week nod makes sense and provides some extra excitement around the Miami Dolphins.

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