Brian Flores expects Josh Rosen to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick: 'Sometimes guys just aren't ready'

Brian Flores wants Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen 'to play smarter'

Josh Rosen’s window to become the Dolphins’ starting quarterback is growing smaller and smaller.

When asked if 22-year-old Rosen would have an advantage over verteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick due to Rosen being 14 years younger, coach Brian Flores said that notion was incorrect.

“A case could be made that the younger guy’s not ready,” Flores said, via CBS Sports. “I think, a lot of times, and I understand that thought process, but I’m the one dealing with the individual player, and sometimes guys just aren’t ready. And the whole sink-or-swim mentality, it’s easy for somebody on the outside to say, but for that individual player and the best interest of that individual person, that might not be the case … If a guy’s ready, we put him out there. If he’s not, we won’t put him out there. And I think that’s the right way to approach it.”

It’s not the first time Flores has said Fitzpatrick has an edge over Rosen, but this is the first time he’s indicated Rosen simply isn’t ready to start.

This comes after Miami traded their second- and fifth-round picks to the Cardinals during the 2019 NFL Draft for Rosen after Arizona drafted Kyler Murray No. 1 overall.

How Rosen’s lone year in the NFL has gone has given him the drive to lead an NFL team, and Flores likely making Rosen the backup added to that desire.

“I don’t need any additional drive or hunger,” Rosen said earlier this week, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I got plenty chips on my shoulder. I’m trying to be the best player that I can be … A lot of the ‘this guy played right away,’ ‘this guy sat,’ ‘this guy won a Super Bowl,’ ‘this guy didn’t,’ … it’s all just sort of extra information that I don’t really need in my life right now.”

On the flip side for Rosen, Flores recently praised him for improving “across the board” from the beginning of the offseason to the beginning of August.

During Rosen’s rookie year with the Cardinals, he completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while the team went 3-13.