TooAthletic Takes

For new Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, taking a shot down the field isn’t always the best play; at least it isn’t for his quarterback Josh Rosen, who Flores believes is taking too many chances with the ball, especially in the team’s first preseason game.

Unlike many quarterbacks, Brian Flores had Josh Rosen play most of the team’s game against Atlanta Thursday night. Afterwards, Flores worried that his quarterback might have too much of a “Wild West” approach to playing the position, “At some point as a quarterback, you have to take a sack.  That’s the play.  But the guy has a little bit of a gunslinger mentality and likes to let it rip … I think we want to play smarter than that in that situation. Not just let the ball go like we did.”

Rosen, to his credit, agreed with what his coach was saying after the game, “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.  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.”

There is a saying that coaches have two ways to go about their job: Either find players that fit the style of play they want to run, or tailor their system to fit the players they have on the roster.  If Brian Flores is already worried about Josh Rosen taking too many changes, then either the coach’s system is wrong for his quarterback, or Josh Rosen is playing for the wrong coach. While that might sound like a six of one, half dozen of the other kind of comment, it’s not.  Brian Flores now understands what the thought process of Josh Rosen is, a gunslinger; for Flores to call plays that goes against the nature and mindset on the player holding the football, the mistakes are on the head coach, not the quarterback.

Players will almost always revert back to the type of player they are, look no further than Brett Favre, who was the poster child for gun slinging quarterbacks.  If I was a Miami Dolphins fan, I would not like reading the comments of Brian Flores about his quarterback, because more often than not, when the heat is on, Josh Rosen will return to the player he is now.  The outcomes might lead to some great victories, or things might end with an ugly defeat that cost their team a playoff berth or win.  If/When that happens, each person will be looking at the other, but it will be the coach who will take most of the blame and loses his job.


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