2 games, 10 points, 23 first downs. All that amounts to no wins in two home games for the Miami Dolphins, and surprisingly, no replacement at quarterback.
Following Miami’s 43-0 defeat to the dominant New England Patriots, in which Ryan Fitzpatrick threw not one, however 2 pick-sixes, Dolphins coach Brian Flores told press reporters that the journeyman would stay his starting quarterback– in the meantime.
“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.”
Miami takes a trip to Dallas to play the unbeaten Cowboys next week.
Called the starter ahead of the season instead of second-year signal-caller Josh Rosen, the 36-year-old Fitzpatrick has done little to earn another chance at leading Miami’s lineup into Week 3.
In the Dolphins’ 2 losses by a combined 92 points, Fitzpatrick has actually completed 25 of 50 attempts for 174 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions, including the aforementioned pick-sixes. Under his stewardship, Miami has scored on just 2 of 18 drives.
“There wasn’t a whole lot that was going right on offense today,” Fitzpatrick told reporters after Sunday’s defeat. “Physically, I feel good. mentally and emotionally, not so much.”
To make matters even worse and more complex, Fitzpatrick has actually been lifted for Rosen in the 3rd quarter of both games, and his backup has proceeded to throw an interception of his own on both events. Rosen, 22, has actually finished just eight of 21 passes in his garbage-time work for 102 yards and two picks.
Acquired by means of trade throughout the draft, Rosen was anticipated to start for Miami at some time this season. As a former top-10 pick with a season as a beginning quarterback under his belt, Rosen still has franchise QB potential and should get the consent from Flores and his personnel quicker rather than later on.
Regardless of Miami’s 2 frustrating season-opening defeats, Fitzpatrick wishes to keep his starting job and keep Rosen at bay.
“As a quarterback, everything, at the end of the day, it’s all going to fall on you,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s why we play the position that we do. That’s why I play the position. I want that responsibility. I want that blame. I know I can go out there and do a much better job. Especially, at this position, if you go out there and play better, then the team as a whole does better.”