Dolphins’ Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at QB for the ‘foreseeable future’
First-year Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores named veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as the team’s starter on Monday, calling the journeyman signal-caller the Dolphins’ QB for the “foreseeable future,” per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Flores said Fitzpatrick will remain QB for "foreseeable future."… In other QB news today, Redskins name Haskins starter rest of season
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) November 11, 2019
The 36-year-old gunslinger signed a two-year deal worth $11 million with Miami in the past offseason and has made six starts in eight games thus far during the Dolphins’ 2019 campaign. In eight games, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 1,364 yards on a 61.5% completion rate, connecting for eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.
While Fitzpatrick has started for Miami during the franchise’s only two wins this season, the imploding Dolphins team could also choose to play second-year quarterback Josh Rosen instead of the vet. Rosen, 22, was a star recruit in college at UCLA and acquired by the Dolphins after the Arizona Cardinals landed the first overall pick and selected Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, clearing the way to trade their other young QB.
Fitzpatrick has a 52-79-1 record in his 132-game career as a starter, but the Dolphins don’t appear to be in the hunt for the AFC Wild Card at 2-7. Next Sunday they host AFC East division rival Buffalo Bills—and the Dolphins are on a two-game winning streak, beating the New York Jets in Week 9 and defeating the playoff-chasing Indianapolis Colts yesterday.
Rosen, meanwhile, has only 58 completions in six games this season for a 53.2% completion rate, good for 567 yards, one touchdown, and five interceptions.
While neither Fitzpatrick nor Rosen could be considered the future franchise quarterback of the Dolphins, choosing the veteran over a 22-year-old that was acquired with a second-round pick appears to be foolish, especially in the context of evaluating the current players under contract for beyond the poor 2019 season.