The Miami Dolphins were the talk of the 2019 NFL Draft for the right reasons.
Prior regimes for the Miami Dolphins showed short-sighted ineptitude.
Splashy free agent costs sunk the salary cap like concrete blocks in a Sopranos episode.
Lack of leadership from the head coach filtered through the rank and file.
Poor institutional planning disseminated to the roster construction, leaving behind a product unsuitable for public consumption.
Gone are Adam Gase and Mike Tannenbaum.
One may still have an office somewhere in Davie the size of a broom closet.
Or an actual one.
Fast forward to the present and the Dolphins are stacking 2020 chips like Vegas pros.
While making calculated picks such as the gravitating personality that is Christian Wilkins.
But wait, what about the mercurial Josh Rosen?
On the surface he seems the antithesis of what Miami is looking for.
That guy who thinks (and knows) he’s the smartest guy in the room.
Gase had that same attitude.
The Dolphins gave up a late second-round pick along with a fifth rounder for a former top ten pick.
One who would have likely been the top quarterback in this class.
Yet Rosen’s teammates in Arizona have said the opposite.
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) April 28, 2019
So while subdued optimism is a wise course, it appears fans for now can sense a turning point.
Only time will tell. What is already tangible is that he is a key piece to this first rebuilding phase.
A low-risk, high reward asset at the most important position in football. Rosen is not a “project” like his predecessor Ryan Tannehill.
Without a doubt he will surely take his lumps behind the only offensive line as offensive as the one he left in Arizona.
Miami is not a good football team, and there will be pain in the process.
If Rosen can withstand adversity and weather the storm, perhaps he can alter the course of a franchise which has been lost at sea.