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Report from the First Day of Miami Dolphins Rookie Minicamp

Travis Wingfield

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Due to my proximity to the Miami, I’m not able to give any practice updates regarding anything that happens on the field. Not that it’s any different to what the credentialed media gets to see; they are allowed roughly 20 minutes of practice time, which equates to the calisthenics portion of today’s session.

Perhaps more important, and much more available for fans from anywhere on the globe, is the media availability. Coach Brian Flores spoke for nearly 20 minutes. He divulged some details regarding the Xavien Howard contract, Christian Wilkins’ leadership role, the impending quarterback (and all positions) battle, and much more.

Flores is clearly well-trained in the Patriots school of media engagement. Even with his calming demeanor and generally pleasant nature, Brian Flores is capable of saying a lot of words without actually saying anything at all. Here are the key takeaways from Flores’ availability.

[Paraphrasing]

Question: Xavien Howard has earned the contract with his play, but do you think there’s another level you can unlock with him?

Flores: There’s always room for improvement. For every player, every coach, everyone in the organization.

Take: Everything they say and do is going to be about competition, and putting the team first.

 

Question: Now that you’ve watched Xavien’s film, what stood out to you about his game?

Flores: Length, strength at the LOS, ball skills, he tackles well. He doesn’t have all the answers, he’s not the perfect player, I don’t think anybody is. Obviously it’s an imperfect game, but he does a lot of things that we like. He’s a team player.

Take: The same things that made Stephone Gilmore the focal point of New England’s defense are clearly evident in Coach Flores’ eyes.

Coach Flores then interrupted the presser to personally thank the scouting staff – unprompted. It’s easy to see why so many people think so highly of Coach Flores.

 

Question: Regarding the QB battle, what things are important to you to win that job?

Flores: There’s going to be competition across the board on this team. I don’t think there’s any way to raise the level of the group like competition. As far as the quarterback goes, we’re looking for leadership, looking for accuracy, put together successful drives, and put us in a good position from a pass protection standpoint.

Take: They’ve been talking about leadership and accuracy since January. Mobility was the only remaining trait that didn’t get conjoined to this answer, but they clearly value the way a QB is viewed in the locker room.

 

Question: If Rosen didn’t start what would that do for his evaluation?

Flores: We get to evaluate him every day in practice. That’s football though, everything counts. From the individual period, to the team period, all of that counts. You’ve got to earn the right to play, just like you have to earn the right to write articles, you’ve got to earn the right to coach, to have it any other way isn’t the right way to do things.

Take: It’s about the entire process, not just the results that fans see on Sundays.

 

Question: What has impressed you about Christian Wilkins?

Flores: He brings energy. He’s a fun-loving guy. For me, a guy that’s pretty straight edge, Christian brings the energy. Good energy. In a good way. But at the same time he works extremely hard, or at least for the last 24 hours. He’s working hard, asking questions, did a good job in the walk-through.

Take: Personality matters on this team and Christian Wilkins energy, work habits, and mentality were a big factor in the decision to draft him number-13 overall.

Question: Wilkins seems like he has the personality to galvanize this team. How do you let Christian be Christian and let his personality shine through?

Flores: We want each player to be who they are. I don’t want to put that [leadership] on him this early. Does he have the potential? Yeah, a lot of our guys do. He’s shown great leadership in the past, but do we expect him to be a captain of the defense? No, we’re not going to put that on him right now. Right now he needs to learn the playbook. Earn the respect of his teammates, go out here and set foot on the field first [with a chuckle and a wry smile), and then we’ll take it from there.

Take: Flores is going to preach the one-day-at-a-time mentality, and rightfully so. Wilkins should probably take his first rep before we start asking him to lead the locker room.

 

Question: How intense do you want this camp to be? What kind of drills do you hope to do, can you do?

Flores: We’re just going to work on basic fundamentals, technique, that’s the focus — this is a teaching camp. We want to get them up to speed on what we do from a basic information standpoint. It’s non-contact, so we want guys off the ground, no excessive contact, but I do think you can get a lot accomplished. Getting 11 guys in the huddle, quarterback-center exchange, the communication, all facets, you can’t replace that.

Take: This is essentially the first day of school. Get to your classes, find out the lay of the facility (Flores mentioned guys trying to find the locker room or cafeteria), get the syllabus and get out.

 

Question: Is Michael Deiter going to learn both sides or focus on one side?

Flores: Versatility is big for us, for every team in the league. You want to start a guy at one spot but I would never say it’s just going to be this. We try to teach him the entire concept, all five positions. He’s a guy that’s played multiple spots in his career. At the end of the day we’re going to try to get the best five guys out there. He has to set foot on the field before any of that, he’s got a long way to go.

Take: It’s far too early to make any proclamations about who plays and who doesn’t. Projecting guys that have never played an NFL snap is far too premature — what if they aren’t capable of picking up the system? It’s a long process.

Question: Josh [Rosen] has been through so many different systems. Has he had a good initial grasp of what you’re trying to do offensively?

Flores: I’d say so. He’s really bright, he’s really studying the information and trying to get it all down as quickly as he can.

Take: He then referred to the leadership aspect of the position. Not just Rosen, but all the QBs must set the example and be the leaders.

 

Question: You’ve seen UDFA’s developed in the past in New England. Do you use those success stories to this current crop?

Flores: You see guys across the league make it as UDFA’s and you like to think those guys specifically have a chip on their shoulder — I think all players do. [The UDFA’s] are usually tough, they know their margin for error is slim, and that chip helps. I like that mentality.

Take: Flores clearly has an affinity for the longshot, as he was one himself. It’s a good example of a team taking on the personality of their coach.

 

Question: What challenge can a fullback pose to a defense?

Flores: As things transition to more spread, not a lot of teams know how to defend a two-back run game. Having the ability to do that may be an advantage, it may not be an advantage, I don’t know. We like Chandler. I like his energy, his toughness, his intelligence, but really the toughness and grit are what stand out.

Take: Coach Flores wants to build a tough, physical team. As we’ve long-speculated on the podcast and this blog, this team is probably going to be built on a strong defense and ground game.

Numbers Assigned

With six-of-the-seven draft picks putting pen to paper, we have number assignments to report — even for the unsigned Michael Deiter (the third-round pick was on the practice field despite not having a contractual agreement in place).

Christian Wilkins #97
Michael Deiter #63
Andrew Van Ginkel #43
Isaiah Prince #79
Myles Gaskin #37
Chandler Cox #38

 

As things progress today (the team is finishing up practice right now) we will add to this column. There should be some player availability and some post-practice notes.

Keep it Locked On Dolphins.

@WingfieldNFL

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Josh Rosen 2018 Passing Chart – Week 17 at Seattle

Travis Wingfield

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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 will tell you that his rookie season was one of the worst in the history of the league. 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 2018 Josh Rosen charting project.

Jump To:

Week 4 vs. Seattle
Week 5 at San Francisco
Week 6 at Minnesota
Week 7 vs. Denver
Week 8 vs. San Francisco
Week 10 at Kansas City
Week 11 vs. Oakland
Week 12 at LA Chargers
Week 13 at Green Bay
Week 14 vs. Detroit
Week 15 at Atlanta
Week 16 vs. LA Rams
Week 17 at Seattle

Week 17 at Seattle –

By the time this season finale came to an end the entire Cardinals operation had to breathe a sigh of relief. A disaster season, that came to a crashing conclusion, was finally in the rearview. For Josh Rosen, the last month of the season was a recurring nightmare. Rosen threw 146 passes in December and the only one that crossed pay dirt was a busted coverage in this Seattle game.

Some of Rosen’s strong suits didn’t travel to the Pacific Northwest. Throwing into contested windows, play-action passing, and third down conversions each brought back less than satisfactory returns.

The Cardinal passing offense converted 3-of-14 3rd downs. Rosen was 2-of-14 for 23 yards on contested throws and 5-of-10 for 56 yards on play pass.

Rosen was chucking-and-praying once again. The average air yards per throw tallied 10.8 yards, while the Arizona receivers only amassed 51 yards after the catch (34.2% of Rosen’s passing total).

The short passing game was far more fruitful than the vertical attacks.

 

Portion of the Field Accurate Pass/Number of Passes
20+ yards 0/3 (0%)
11-19 yards 0/3 (0%)
0-10 yards (or behind LOS) 11/16 (68.8%)

 

The game was littered with mistakes from the Cardinals QB. Rosen registered 14 mistakes (11 from accuracy, 2 ball security issues, and 1 poor read). Rosen lost two fumbles and had two would-be interceptions dropped by the Seattle defense.

The personnel deployment featured more versatility than recent weeks. Rosen’s passes were supplemented by the following personnel packages.

 

11-personnel 31 snaps
12-personnel 3 snaps
21-personnel 4 snaps

 

As has been the case all season, Rosen was under frequent pressure. Seattle arrived for 11 pressures (6 sacks, 3 hits, 2 hurries) at an average time from snap-to-pressure of 2.19 seconds.

The busted coverage touchdown was Rosen’s one red-zone completion (1-of-3). He was in the gun for 25 snaps and under-center for 13.

Another week, another low conversion rate. The Cardinal passing game converted 8-of-38 plays into first downs (21.1%)

It’s difficult to imagine a more trying rookie season than the one Rosen experienced. The offensive line play was poor, the only consistent pass catcher was Larry Fitzgerald, and Rosen had his own share of rookie mistakes to compound things.

This game goes into the losing performance category marking eight consecutive games that Rosen failed to reach the winning performance category.

 

2018 Performance Results Number of Games
Winning Performance 2 (SEA, SF)
Inconsequential Performance 3 (@MIN, @LAC, @ATL)
Losing Performance 7 (@SF, DEN, @KC, OAK, @GB, DET, LAR, @SEA)

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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Josh Rosen 2018 Passing Chart – Week 16 vs. LA Rams

Travis Wingfield

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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 will tell you that his rookie season was one of the worst in the history of the league. 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 2018 Josh Rosen charting project.

Jump To:

Week 4 vs. Seattle
Week 5 at San Francisco
Week 6 at Minnesota
Week 7 vs. Denver
Week 8 vs. San Francisco
Week 10 at Kansas City
Week 11 vs. Oakland
Week 12 at LA Chargers
Week 13 at Green Bay
Week 14 vs. Detroit
Week 15 at Atlanta
Week 16 vs. LA Rams
Week 17 at Seattle

 

Week 16 vs. LA Rams –

For the second consecutive game Josh Rosen didn’t finish under-center for the Cardinals. In a blowout loss, where it seemed like the entire game plan revolved around making life easy on Josh Rosen, Arizona still managed to get ran out of the building. Mike Glennon completed the final series for the Red Birds offense.

Rosen threw the ball only 23 times, but scrambled more than he has all season. The game plan also featured the least amount of variety, from a personnel grouping standpoint, all season.

 

11-personnel 30 snaps
12-personnel 1 snap

 

Rosen’s typical third down heroics didn’t show up. The Cardinals converted only 2-of-10 third downs in the passing game (one a QB scramble). Converting, as it has been all season, was a challenge in general — Arizona converted just 6-of-31 drop backs (19.4%).

Rosen was in the shotgun almost exclusively (3 under-center, 28 in the gun). This led to a limited play-action passing game (only one throw from play pass).

The four mistakes attributed to Rosen were largely deep shots. He missed on short pass, but two of the three inaccuracies came on balls down the field. One of those deep shots was an ill-advised throw into coverage despite a wide open Larry Fitzgerald coming across the formation (seen in the video thread).

Rosen’s depth splits were as follows:

 

Portion of the Field Accurate Pass/Number of Passes
20+ yards 0/3 (0%)
11-19 yards 0/3 (0%)
0-10 yards (or behind LOS) 11/16 (68.8%)

 

More than half of Rosen’s 87 passing yards came from YAC (54%). The average depth of Rosen’s passes was 9.22 air yards per throw.

Throwing into tight window was a futile effort. Rosen completed 1-of-7 contested throws for 7 yards. Pressure was a regular fixture, yet again, as Rosen was under duress on 11 drop backs (4 sacks, 5 hits, 2 hurries). The average time from snap-to-pressure was 2.30 seconds.

The war of attrition seems to have finally broken the Cardinals spirit. The team’s execution was lacking all year, but this game was something of a “white flag” effort from the coaching staff. Rosen gets tabbed with a losing performance for a lack of big-time plays, a few mistakes, and an awful holistic result.

 

2018 Performance Results Number of Games
Winning Performance 2 (SEA, SF)
Inconsequential Performance 3 (@MIN, @LAC, @ATL)
Losing Performance 6 (@SF, DEN, @KC, OAK, @GB, DET, LAR)

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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Josh Rosen 2018 Passing Chart – Week 15 at Atlanta

Travis Wingfield

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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 will tell you that his rookie season was one of the worst in the history of the league. 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 2018 Josh Rosen charting project.

Jump To:

Week 4 vs. Seattle
Week 5 at San Francisco
Week 6 at Minnesota
Week 7 vs. Denver
Week 8 vs. San Francisco
Week 10 at Kansas City
Week 11 vs. Oakland
Week 12 at LA Chargers
Week 13 at Green Bay
Week 14 vs. Detroit
Week 15 at Atlanta
Week 16 vs. LA Rams
Week 17 at Seattle

 

Week 15 at Atlanta –

We’ve reached the point in the season where the Cardinals coaching staff had to make a switch to prevent further damaging their 21-year-old quarterback. Josh Rosen, under duress all game, with very little help from the route concepts and plan to attack the Atlanta defense, was pulled for Mike Glennon in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons pass rush would’ve crippled the most grizzled veteran in the NFL; it completely debilitated Rosen. The Cardinal QB was under pressure 15-of-27 drop backs (6 sacks, 6 hits, 3 hurries) with an average snap-to-pressure time of 2.17 seconds.

Atlanta’s unrelenting pressure led to a season-low in average air yards per attempt (4.6 AYPT). The Arizona receivers picked up 82 yards after the catch counting for 62.1% of Rosen’s passing total.

Once again, a lopsided scoreboard forced Arizona into very little variety from a personnel grouping standpoint. Rosen was 4-of-5 with 37 yards on non-11-personnel calls. The issue there — Arizona was always in 11-personnell.

 

11-personnel 22 snaps
12-personnel 4 snaps
21-personnel 1 snap

 

Rosen only committed two mistakes in the game (one accuracy, one a poor decision). The biggest mistake was an example of nervous antics in the pocket and a decision Rosen would prefer to have back (available in the Twitter thread).

Rosen was under-center just 5 times (gun 22), and only threw from play action three times; Rosen was 2-of-3 with 13 yards on play pass.

The Arizona offense converted only 18.5% (5-of-27) passing plays into first downs. Throwing into contested windows was a 50-50 proposition — Rosen threw for 68 yards on 4-of-8 passing into tight windows.

Rosen’s depth splits were as follows:

 

Portion of the Field Accurate Pass/Number of Passes
20+ yards 1/1 (100%)
11-19 yards 2/3 (66.7%)
0-10 yards (or behind LOS) 12/15 (80%)

 

It was a miserable day for the Cardinals all the way around. Rosen never stood much of a chance to make a big time paly, or to make a game-changing mistake — but the one time he did make a crucial mistake, the game was already out of reach. This showing goes in the inconsequential column.

 

2018 Performance Results Number of Games
Winning Performance 2 (SEA, SF)
Inconsequential Performance 3 (@MIN, @LAC, @ATL)
Losing Performance 5 (@SF, DEN, @KC, OAK, @GB, DET)

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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