Dolphins’ Brian Flores wants Josh Rosen to curb ‘gunslinger mentality,’ play smarter
Josh Rosen put forth a so-so performance during his preseason debut for the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, completing 13 of his 20 passes for 191 yards and an interception.
He did lead a couple of touchdown drives, but Dolphins head coach Brian Flores thinks that Rosen needs to rein it in a bit and not be as aggressive with his throws:
“At some point as a quarterback, you have to take a sack. That’s the play,” Flores said, referring to a play where Rosen evaded a sack by completing a pass to receiver Preston Williams (according to Safid Deen of The South Florida Sun Sentinel). “But the guy has a little bit of a gunslinger mentality and likes to let it rip. Obviously, that was a nice one to Preston, but I think we want to play smarter than that in that situation. Not just let the ball go like we did.”
Rosen did not disagree with Flores’ assessment, saying it is something he needs to learn how to do:
“You just can’t fall into that trap because bad games will turn really bad really quickly if you don’t learn negate that risk,” Rosen said. “I’ve been battling that my whole career. I have to find that balance of knowing when I can push the edge, and when to just take the sack and live to play another down.”
Rosen, who played his collegiate football at UCLA, was originally selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 10th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He went on to have a disappointing rookie year, making 13 starts and throwing for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing 55.2 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 66.7.
As a result, the Cardinals took Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick of the draft this past April and then traded Rosen to the Dolphins for a third-rounder.