Josh Rosen’s ‘body language’ needs to improve, says Dolphins’ Brian Flores
There is cause for concern in Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen’s quest for the starting job. Rosen is battling with Ryan Fitzpatrick, and it has been clear all offseason that Fitzpatrick has the upper hand. Unfortunately for Rosen’s cause, his recent practice behavior drew the ire of the man running the competition, head coach Brian Flores.
Rosen was visibly annoyed with teammates during a recent joint practice with the Buccaneers, during which his protection repeatedly broke down. Flores took issue with Rosen’s demeanor when speaking to the media after the practice, per Chris Perkins of The Athletic.
“I thought he practiced OK,” Flores said. “From the naked eye, I think he’s got to do a better job of getting guys in and out of the huddle, his communication, body language. There were some plays there he didn’t like, and we’ve just got to move on to the next play.”
Concerns over Rosen’s body language have dogged him ever since his days at UCLA, so this isn’t a good sign that they’re popping up again. It’s especially bad when these criticisms are coming from his own head coach.
“We want good body language out of everybody,” Flores continued. “We’re going to have bad plays. We need to move on to the next one, period. Players, coaches, that’s everybody. The quarterback position, they’re all looking at you. That’s something they have to be conscious of.”
The Dolphins traded a second-round pick for Josh Rosen last year, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to hand him the starting job. As of right now, all indications are that Fitzpatrick will be under center in Week 1. As the tenth overall pick of the 2018 draft, Rosen is in a tough spot in his career.