After months of speculation, Josh Rosen and the Miami Dolphins have parted ways at long last.
Miami released Rosen, a third-year quarterback from UCLA, after no teams wanted to trade for him. The Dolphins acquired Rosen, the 10th overall selection in the 2018 NFL draft, from the Arizona Cardinals during the 2019 draft.
Although Rosen won’t get another chance with the Miami Dolphins, he still deserves one more opportunity to prove his worth.
The Josh Rosen era has ended in Miami
The move, made during the 2019 NFL draft, made sense for both the Dolphins and Cardinals. Arizona had just drafted Kyler Murray, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, with the No. 1 overall pick and had no reason to keep Rosen around.
Miami, on the other hand, only had Ryan Fitzpatrick as a realistic quarterback option. The Dolphins traded Ryan Tannehill to the Titans earlier in the 2019 offseason.
Rosen played in just six games for the Dolphins, completing 53.2% of his passes for 567 yards, one touchdown, and five interceptions. Miami lost all three of his starts.
With Fitzpatrick returning for one more year and Tagovailoa waiting in the wings, Rosen became expendable. Miami tried trading Rosen, a former freshman All-American at UCLA, but no teams bit on the former first-round pick.
Rosen has been in two unfortunate situations
If Lamar Jackson entered the NFL in a Ferrari, Josh Rosen’s first two seasons have been spent in rusting cars on the verge of breaking down for good.
Rosen spent his first year with the Arizona Cardinals, which had just hired former Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as head coach. Wilks lasted just one year, though, in a Cardinals season filled with turmoil.
The first sign that Rosen’s career may have been doomed was when the Cardinals fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after seven games. This came after McCoy, the Chargers’ former head coach, lost the same role with the Denver Broncos midway through the 2018 season.
Rosen nonetheless completed 55.2% of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Had Arizona not wound up with the No. 1 overall pick and drafted Kyler Murray, it isn’t unrealistic to think Kliff Kingsbury would have given Rosen more of a chance.
Then, there was last year in Miami. The Dolphins parted ways with several starters throughout the offseason and lost the first seven games.
The Dolphins weren’t tanking, but they also weren’t hoping to stay in the football purgatory they’d lingered in since Dan Marino retired.
Rosen deserves some blame for not playing better, but Miami’s offensive line and overall offensive issues were well-documented. Things were so bad that Ryan Fitzpatrick, who no one would confuse with Michael Vick, led the team in rushing.
Josh Rosen deserves one more chance in the NFL
Josh Rosen will play the entire 2020 season at 23 years old. Wherever he goes, he’ll be on his eighth offensive coordinator since 2015.
Still, it seems premature to call Rosen’s career over. Less-talented quarterbacks older than Rosen have revived their careers at various points, including current Bears backup Nick Foles.
Rosen is best served by sitting behind a veteran quarterback for a couple of seasons. Pittsburgh has mediocre depth behind Ben Roethlisberger, who knows plenty about reviving careers.
New England has Jarrett Stidham sitting behind Cam Newton. With that said, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bill Belichick sign Rosen to New England’s practice squad.
Rosen’s former offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich, holds the same role in Tampa Bay. Could the Buccaneers pursue Rosen as a practice squad player to develop behind Tom Brady?
Everything considered, it doesn’t seem like we’ve seen the last of Josh Rosen. He should be hoping his next opportunity has more stability than either Arizona or Miami did.