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Dolphins bench struggling Josh Rosen, turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Redskins

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The Miami Dolphins benched Josh Rosen after three quarters of offensive struggles Sunday against the Washington Redskins. They replaced him with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick at the start of the fourth quarter of a 17-16 loss to Washington.

Coach Brian Flores said the move was made because they “needed a spark” on offense, but he reiterated that Rosen will remain the starter for next week’s game against the Bills.nike nfl jersey cheap

“Josh has done a good job. Today, he wasn’t having a good day. We’re always going to do what we feel is best for the team. Today that was Fitz going into the fourth quarter,” Flores said. “Josh is the starter. But as we continue to move along, there’s always competition. Everyone needs to feel that. I need to feel that. The players need to feel that. Fitz was ready to go today. I think he played well.”4

“I was disappointed. But I understood the situation,” Rosen said. “It obviously was a smart decision given how the game almost ended. Flo’s job first and foremost is to win football games. I respect the decision. It’s my job to not put him in that position. ”

Fitzpatrick, who began the season as Miami’s starting quarterback, led the Dolphins to their first second-half points of the season immediately after he entered the game. Miami had been outscored 98-0 in the second half before Fitzpatrick’s nine-play, 55-yard drive that ended with a Kalen Ballage rushing touchdown, trimming the deficit to 17-10.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Multiple Dolphins players said after the game that the offense had a different energy once Fitzpatrick came in and that, along with the uptempo offense, gave the team extra confidence that they could come back to get their first win.

“That whole fourth quarter was fun. Just to be out there, I think there was a lot of confidence on that last drive,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s why I still like to be out there playing the game.”

Fitzpatrick led the second touchdown drive, which ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker with six seconds left in the game. Flores said he decided early in the fourth quarter that he was going for the two-point conversion if they tied the game, playing for a win instead of overtime.

The play called for a bubble screen pass to Kenyan Drake, who dropped the pass as Washington defenders converged on him. The Dolphins couldn’t complete the comeback, falling to 0-5 with the one-point loss. Flores said they practiced that play all week and felt good about it, but he commended Washington for defending it well. He noted that Drake would have had to make a spectacular play to score even if he had caught the ball, but they wanted to give their best playmaker that opportunity. Drake lamented dropping the pass. He noted that fellow running back Mark Walton was in practicing that play during this week so it was a bit unfamiliar, but he relishes the opportunity to make those game-winning plays.

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