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Josh Rosen 2019 Charting Project – Week 4 vs. L.A. Chargers

Travis Wingfield



Football, more so than any other sport, requires context to tell the full story. Box scores provide the casual fan with a general idea of the cumulative result of any given game, but without isolating each player’s performance, many details go unnoticed.

This project is entirely based around isolating the play of Josh Rosen. Traditional data points can lead to false conclusions and misinterpretation of his actual performance. Watching each drop back multiple times over, breaking down the most impactful plays, and charting the data that tells the true story, this is the 2019 Josh Rosen charting project.

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2018 Josh Rosen Charting Project
Week 3 at Dallas
Week 4 vs LA Chargers
Week 6 vs. Washington

Week 4 vs. LA Chargers


(11 videos inside this thread breaking down Rosen’s game)

For the second straight game, Josh Rosen had an opportunity to plant a temporary flag as the incumbent quarterback next season. Unfortunately, for Josh and the Dolphins, he and the offense came up small in the second half.

Rosen’s first half was okay, but a dreadful series of decisions and bad ball placement wrecked his second start in Miami.

Chad O’Shea significantly altered his plan from the previous week. An aggressive, air-it-out approach was substituted for a lot of heavy personnel, max protection, and a short passing game designed to complement the run game.

Rosen’s depth-splits were as follows Sunday against the Chargers.


Portion of the Field Accurate Passes/Number of Passes
20+ yards 1/2 (50%)
11-20 yards 3/6 (50%)
0-10 yards (or behind LOS) 14/16 (87.5%)


This was a product of helping out the tackles on either side of the formation. Miami would often jam multiple tight ends into nasty (tight) splits, motion a back to the same alignment, or chip the edge to help the tackles get into their pass sets before engaging the rusher.

The primary offensive package in the NFL is 11-personnel. While still the majority leader on passing plays, Miami came awfully close to using the sub-package offense more than the traditional three-receiver set (16 to 12).


11-personnel 16
12-personnel 7
03-personnel 3
13-personnel 2


Taking playmakers off the field in favor of better production led to a significant drop in air-yard rate. Rosen threw for an average of 6.91 air yards per pass — a 2.7-point reduction from last week.

The pass protection was better, too. The Dolphins surrendered 11 pressures on Rosen’s 28 drop backs (4 sacks, 2 hits, 5 hurries) for an average snap-to-pressure time of 2.46 seconds — .2 seconds better than last week.

The plan also called for more shotgun. Rosen was under-center for just two snaps on Sunday. The 92.9% shotgun rate was a 20% jump from last week.

Miami converted (first downs/touchdowns) on eight of the 28 drop backs — a conversion rate of 28.6% — just 3% better than last week.

Rosen was 4 for 10 on moving the sticks on third and fourth down, and accurate with 1 of 3 red zone throws. He was better into contested windows in this game, completing 5 of 8 throws for 61 yards and the interception. Though it should be stated, 25 of those yards came on the tipped reception by Preston Williams.

I tagged Rosen with 10 plays that he could’ve done more. Even in a game where the plan was to hide the quarterback, Rosen was off-target on four throws, he made seven poor decisions or reads, and was late on two plays independently (meaning there were three plays with multiple demerits).

As you’ll see in the video thread (multiple videos when you click the Twitter link), Rosen had his share of mistakes. He’s still a beat late off the top of his drop, he doesn’t see the field with anticipation, and he makes rash decisions that lead to back-breaking mistakes.

This was not a good showing from the Dolphins quarterback. He’ll have to play much better if he wants to be the starter next season.


2019 Performance Results Number of Games
Winning Performance
Inconsequential Performance 1 (@DAL)
Losing Performance 1 (LAC)

Winning Performance – The QB played well enough to garner a victory. He limited mistakes and made plays in crucial situations.
Inconsequential Performance – More of a game-managing role, the QB didn’t have the big plays, but mistakes were limited.
Losing Performance – The QB limited his team’s ability to win the game with his performance.


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    Damon Williams

    October 1, 2019 at 11:02 am

    A great piece! The breakdowns are truly insightful. I look forward to your takes, we have often relied on strictly the eye test for some time. Appreciate your work.

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Local Residents Sue Miami Dolphins over F1 Race Track

Jason Hrina



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This may be the last thing on the mind of Miami Dolphins fans everywhere, but there seems to be a prominent legal battle taking place in South Florida.

A new Formula 1 race track was recently approved (by a 6-6 vote) to be “built” around Hard Rock Stadium, with races beginning in 2021.

While city officials press to approve the new track, local residents are up in arms about the potential race. F1 cars are notoriously loud, and as we mentioned above, these races aren’t contained within an arena or stadium.

City officials believe this will bring in additional revenue for Miami and the surrounding area, as annual races are expected to be held around Hard Rock Stadium for the next 10 years. The local populous is arguing that these races are too loud for local streets, and will cause an enormous amount of disturbance and will be detrimental to the environment. Overall, this will cause a “serious degrade to their quality of life.”

Just so you can have a reference, F1 engines tend to run between 130-145 decibels. If you go to a concert and stand relatively close to an amplifier, you’re only dealing with about 100-110 decibels. The average lawn mower is about 90 decibels. Needless to say, these engines are LOUD.

Unlike NASCAR, Formula 1 (F1) race tracks are essentially “created” using local roadways that are already in place. Though there is obviously a lot of preparation that goes into “creating” the course (to ensure the safety of racers and fans alike), no new venues need to be built.

With that said, the City of Miami Gardens and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross are attempting to host the race solely on Hard Rock Stadium grounds. Given Ross’ ownership in the land surrounding Hard Rock Stadium, it’s possible this race doesn’t officially occur on any public roads.

To give some background, Stephen Ross attempted to buy F1 a couple of years ago, but the sale ended up going to another group. Though he didn’t win the bid, he reached an agreement with the new owners and is now one step closer to making the Miami Grand Prix a reality.

Tom Garfinkel, President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins, issued the following statement on behalf of the approved 6-6 decision:

This recent vote was the biggest hurdle potentially preventing the Miami Grand Prix from happening. Though the legal battles aren’t over, it seems unlikely that the decision to host F1 races will be reversed.

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Miami Dolphins Sign Tight End Michael Roberts

Jason Hrina



Image Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are beginning to bulk up the depth of their roster as they head into free agency.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Dolphins have signed tight end Michael Roberts. The exact terms of the contract are currently unknown.

Originally a 4th-round pick by the Detroit Lions, Roberts has served mostly as a backup tight end; accumulating 146 yards on 13 receptions in 23 active games between 2017-2018.

Roberts was placed on injured-reserve towards the end of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury, and was traded to the New England Patriots for a conditional 2020 7th-round pick prior to the 2019 season. Due to medical reasons, the trade was voided a couple of days later.

The Green Bay Packers claimed Roberts off of waivers, but he was subsequently released by the Packers two days later for failing a physical. Roberts was not active for any games in 2019.

Signing Roberts doesn’t necessarily mean the Dolphins aren’t going to pursue tight ends in free agency or in the draft. Mike Gesicki is the only “lock” to make the 2020 roster, as Durham Smythe‘s blocking ability might not survive if the Dolphins find themselves in an advantageous situation at the position.

Look at this as a way for Miami to get ahead of evaluations.

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A second Dolphins mock draft from someone who doesn’t watch football

Shawn Digity



J.K. Dobbins 2020 NFL Draft
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(Locked On Dolphins) – Last week, Person A dazzled us with their blind mock draft, and now we’re back with the next entry in the series.

Person B is ready to go with their mock.

Keep in mind that all the blind mock draft contributors have little to no knowledge of the NFL.

I had all the contributors standardize their boards and the process so that everyone was on an even playing field.

They all used The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator with seven rounds, the predictive board, and had to choose the players manually.

Without further ado, here’s Person B’s mock draft.

(1) 5. Tua Tagovailoa – QB, Alabama
(1) 18. J.K. Dobbins – RB, Ohio State
(1) 26. Terrell Lewis – Edge, Alabama
(2) 39. Lloyd Cushenberry III – iOL, LSU
(2) 56. Xavier McKinney – S, Alabama
(3) 70. Rashard Lawrence – iDL, LSU
(5) 135. Chase Claypool – WR, Notre Dame
(5) 144. Justin Herron – OT, Wake Forest
(5) 147. Terrell Burgess – S, Utah
(6) 165. Lamar Jackson – CB, Nebraska
(6) 177. Jacob Breeland – TE, Oregon
(7) 223. David Reese II – LB, Florida

As I did with Person A, I reached out to Person B to get their reasoning behind the selections.

Me: “I noticed that you took Tua [Tagovailoa]. What led you to that decision with the fifth pick?”

Person B: “I knew the Dolphins wanted to get a QB, and Tua has been talked about so much that I just went with him.”

Me: “Which of your other selections did you feel particularly good about?”

Person B: “I need you to send me the link to my draft. I forgot who I picked since it took five attempts.”

[resends mock draft to Person B]

“I like my J.K. Dobbins pick. O-H-. And Rashard Lawrence. Because I figure he’s pretty good since LSU was really good this year.”

Me: “Your picks are really good. I’d put yours ahead of Person A. But it’s almost suspiciously good. Did you put your thumb on the scale somewhere along the line?”

Person B: “Well, by my 5th attempt (1 and 2: I didn’t select manual mode, 3: I didn’t pick 7 rounds from the drop-down menu, 4: I completed, but the site froze, and I lost everything), I figured out that I should probably pick from the top of the list first because if you don’t then those players just go like hotcakes.

So, I just matched up the positions the Dolphins needed to fill with the players highest on the list, and if I recognized a name or team, I would select them over someone I had never heard of.”

Me: “OK, well, we’re all out of time. Do you have any parting messages for Dolphins fans?”

Person B: “Well, I think the Dolphins are on the right track, and I hope that all of the true blue fans who have hung in with them for all these years will get to see another Super Bowl in the near future. GO FINS!”

And that wraps things up with Person B.

What are your thoughts on Person B’s mock draft? Leave a comment or tweet your thoughts at me directly on Twitter (@DIGITYnodoubt).

Tune in next time for Person C’s mock…

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