ESPN’s Louis Riddick says Dolphins QB Josh Rosen has been ‘set up to fail’
When the Arizona Cardinals selected UCLA quarterback with the 10th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, it appeared as though they had found the franchise replacement for Carson Palmer.
Though Rosen was the fourth quarterback selected in the first ten picks, many executives around the league believed he had the highest upside between guys like Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen.
Rosen was made the starter in Week 4, going 3-10 in his first season with Arizona and struggling to develop behind arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL. The Cardinals finished with the worst record in the league, and promptly flipped Rosen to the Miami Dolphins after selecting former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick.
A fresh start might otherwise have been exactly what Rosen needed. However, in a span of just two days, the Dolphins named veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback while also trading offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans.
ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick has not taken kindly to Miami’s handling of their young quarterback:
Josh Rosen could not have asked for a more 💩 start to his career from an organizational support standpoint. I don’t care if you like the kid or not “personally”. He has been set up to fail. Nice job. 🙄
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) September 1, 2019
In fact, after Sunday’s trade of Kiko Alonso, there is reason to believe that Miami has already given up on this season in the hopes of landing a quarterback, according to Ed Werder:
That is clearly not a priority for Dolphins. They seem fixated on getting high pick and drafting QB https://t.co/vXxkysgqvW
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 1, 2019
Alabama sensation Tua Tagovailoa will be eligible to enter the NFL Draft next summer, and might indeed be a target for Miami.
Even if Rosen manages to wrestle the starting job away from Fitzpatrick, Miami will have one of the worst offensive lines in football without Tunsil, and they are weak at wide receiver.
Riddick was certainly brash in his criticism of the organization, but he probably has a point.