Head coach Brian Flores announced on Thursday that the Miami Dolphins are planning to start Josh Rosen in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick for Sunday's tilt against the Dallas Cowboys.
It's not an entirely shocking move, as Fitz has been pretty contaminated by the team's unholy stench through the first two weeks of the season.
However, the settlement says a lot about the future of Rosen, who should not view this promotion as him getting a second chance. It's apparent that the Dolphins are going to do to virtually everything possible (involuntarily or not) to destroy his value in the NFL, and have no intention of garnering the No. 1 overall pick and trading down, to say the least.
Let's take it back a few months, shall we? The former UCLA star wanted out of Arizona, as it became palpable the Cardinals were tanking to draft Kyler Murray with the No.1 overall pick in 2019.
After that concept came to fruition, Rosen was ultimately dealt to South Beach, and he was probably exuberant to be gifted a fresh start ahead of his sophomore season in the league. After the 'Fins dealt a few franchise cornerstones, however, it soon became evident that they would be tanking for the crown jewel of the 2020 draft class: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.
Rosen is talented, but it would be damning to ask even a mid-tier gunslinger to get the most out of Miami's depleted roster. When you couple that fact with his fragile mindset, he's set up for nothing but disaster. Again.
Even if he does perform well, the Dolphins have likely made their mind up about selecting the Crimson Tide star next April.
Rosen is now staring down the barrel of another lose-lose situation, and his predicament just proves our long-standing opinion: he's far and away the unluckiest QB in the league, and will be unable to prove to the 30 non-Cardinals teams that they should take a chance on him next year. Once again.