Dolphins QB Josh Rosen takes benching in stride. He's still Miami's starter, Brian Flores says following loss to Redskins.

Safid Deen, Sun Sentinel on

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Josh Rosen wanted to use the final 12 games of the Miami Dolphins season as a tryout to show coach Brian Flores, general manager Chris Grier and the team he could be their long-term starting quarterback.

Unfortunately for Rosen, his third start at the helm of Miami's offense in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins, was the worst game of his Dolphins career.

Rosen completed 15-of-25 passes for just 85 yards with two interceptions in three quarters of work. He led a scoring drive that resulted in a field goal, but he was unable to uplift the Dolphins offense like backup Ryan Fitzpatrick did before Miami's disappointing finish.

"I was disappointed, but I understood the situation," Rosen said of his benching. "I mean it obviously was a smart decision given how the game almost ended. Flo's job first and foremost is to win football games and I respect the decision, and it's my job to not put him in that position."

Despite the final outcome, Flores said Rosen will remain the Dolphins starting quarterback. But that title might not old much weight with Fitzpatrick providing constant competition -- and fourth-quarter results -- like he did against the Redskins.

"Josh will continue to be the starter, and, again, if we feel like we need a spark and Fitz has to go in, we'll continue to do that," Flores said.

Fitzpatrick entered the game in the fourth quarter, and provided the Dolphins with a taste of 'Fitzmagic' that nearly ended in Miami's first win of the season.

Fitzpatrick led two touchdown drives, including Miami's first points of the second half of any game this season. His second touchdown, an 11-yard strike to DeVante Parker with six seconds remaining, put the Dolphins in position to nearly pull off their first victory of the season.

But on the Dolphins' ensuing two-point play, running back Kenyan Drake dropped Fitzpatrick's pass as he was inching toward the line of scrimmage before being met by a blockade of Redskins defenders.

Fitzpatrick completed 12-of-18 passes in relief of Rosen, throwing for 132 yards and finishing with a 106.7 passer rating.


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