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Dolphins Drop to 0-3; Fall to the Cowboys on the Road 31-6

The Dolphins hung in as best they could with the much better Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, but in the end it was much the same result, losing 31-6.

Here’s a video recap of the setback:

Josh Rosen to Start at QB for the Dolphins; Pickup DE Taco Charlton

The Dolphins have been crushed the first two games of the season scoring a total of 10 points, and now they are going to the bench for a quarterback change.

The team announced via NFL.com that Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to the bench, and Josh Rosen will start under center against Dallas.

Coach Brian Flores made decision official, stating that Rosen is going to get a shot to get the offense going.

Rosen has been limited to mop-up duty in the Dolphins’ two blowout losses. He’ll take over for the 36-year-old Fitzpatrick, who’s completed just 50 percent of his passes and thrown just one touchdown to four interceptions.

That wasn’t the only move the team made Thursday, as the club inked former Cowboys defensive end and Taco Charlton, a former first-round pick by Dallas.

In two seasons in Dallas, the 2017 No. 28 overall pick started seven of 27 games played, recording four sacks, 11 QB hits and one forced fumble.

Dolphins Trade Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to Pittsburgh for Their 2020 First-Round Pick

The complete tear down of the Dolphins continued on Monday night, as the team dealt 2018 first-round pick free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for their 2020 first-round pick.

Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the story of the deal, which comes one day after the Fins were blasted by rival New England 43-0, dropping the team to 0-2.

The Fins have not been afraid to make deals this offseason and now into the season, and it shows on the field as the team has been outscored in two games by a total of 102-10, the biggest margin in two games to start a season in the NFL’s modern era.

If you are looking for the bright side of the deal, it once again gives the Dolphins another pick to play with down the road.

With trading away most of the talent on the team, the franchise has three first-round picks in next years NFL Draft.

Miami drafted Fitzpatrick with the 11th overall pick in last year’s draft out of Alabama. In two games this season he was credited with 12 tackles as well as a fumble recovery.

After the Dolphins opening day 59-10 beat down by the Ravens, Fitzpatrick asked to be traded as he felt he was being played in the wrong position.

With the status of the team as it is, the Dolphins were more than happy to grant him his wish, pulling the trigger in getting a first from the usually conservative Steelers.

There are more picks involved in the deal, as the Steelers will send a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2021 seventh-round pick, in exchange for a first- and fifth-round pick in 2020 and 2021 sixth-round pick.

If you’re counting, Fitzpatrick joins Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills as the latest three players dealt by the Dolphins in what is nothing more than a tear down to rebuild for what they hope will be a much better future.

Patriots vs Dolphins NFL Week Two Inactives

Here are the inactives for the Patriots and Dolphins in their AFC Week Two battle.

Patriots

RB Brandon Bolden
OT Marcus Cannon
OG Jermaine Eluemunor
RB Damien Harris
WR Jakobi Meyers
CB Joejuan Williams
DE Deatrich Wise

Dolphins

RB Myles Gaskin
DE Trent Harris
S Reshad Jones
OT Isaiah Prince
OG Chris Reed
WR Albert Wilson
OG Bryan Witzmann

Despite Awful Effort, Dolphins to Stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick as Starting QB

Sunday was an awful day anyway you cut it for the Dolphins, and it looks like it could be a historically bad season for the Fins.

While there’s questions about what direction the team will go in after their 59-10 loss to the Ravens, the team will be staying with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter when the team takes on the Patriots Sunday.

“It’s never good to be embarrassed like that, especially at this level,” Fitzpatrick said after a 59-10 loss to Baltimore. “What we had talked about: nobody is going to feel sorry for you and your situation. That’s what happens. You go out there and if you don’t execute, you’re going to get beat bad like that.”

Fitzpatrick, making his Dolphins debut, was 14-for-29 for 185 with one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 66.0. Fitzpatrick gave way to Josh Rosen at the end of the third quarter.

“I thought he did well trying to move this offense,” Miami coach Brian Flores said of Fitzpatrick. “I thought he made some throws, got some explosive plays in the first half. We had a couple drops that could have been bigger plays. I thought he played – he had the turnover, which we don’t – it was a bad decision there.”

Ravens at Dolphins NFL Week One Inactives

Ravens

LB Otaro Alaka
LB Jaylon Ferguson
DT Daylon Mack
QB Trace McSorley
OG Ben Powers
WR Jaleel Scott
OT Greg Senat

Dolphins

OG Shaq Calhoun
RB Myles Gaskin
DE Trent Harris
RB Patrick Laird
OT Isaiah Prince
OG Chris Reed
CB Ken Webster

New Dolphins Coach Brian Flores Doesn’t Feel the Team is ‘Tanking’ in 2019

It’s hard to think that the Dolphins have made themselves a better football team with the amount of players that the team has sent packing the last few days.

The Dolphins in some circles may be now one of the worst teams in the league, but don’t tell new coach Brian Flores that this club is ‘tanking’ in any way.

“This game means a lot to me,” he said, per Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald.

“I wouldn’t disrespect the game with that. Again, no, we’re not. We’re going to try to win every game. I think that’s disrespectful to even to say that. … It’s disheartening to hear people talk about it, to even say that. For a guy who respects the game as much as the game has done for me, when people say that, it’s extremely sad.”

Sure it may be ‘sad’ that people are thinking that, but let’s also call it as it is – the Dolphins are not a very talented team right now.

Kenny Stills was one of their biggest playmakers, and he’s gone, and the team is going to try and win games with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is way past his prime.

Left tackle Laremy Tunsil and linebacker Kiko Alonso are also gone, again hurting any chance that this team may have had of being competitive in 2019.

The attitude of Flores does give the fans hope this team won’t be as bad as many think they will be – but make no mistake, the Dolphins are going to struggle this season.

After a Back and Forth Battle, Ryan Fitzpatrick to Start the Season as the Dolphins QB

In the end, the Dolphins are going the route of the veteran at the quarterback spot, as the team has named Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter to kickoff 2019.

Fitz, who came to the team this offseason, beat out Josh Rosen, who the Dolphins dealt for from the Arizona Cardinals after he spent just one season in the desert.

The Miami Herald reported earlier Thursday that the fact that Rosen was not ruled out for the preseason finale was a sure sign that Fitz had won the job.

The Dolphins started Jake Rudock, but they needed to dress two quarterbacks in case Rudock got hurt, with Rosen being one of them.