Dolphins coach Brian Flores: ‘Pretty clear’ who is winning QB battle

The Miami Dolphins haven’t made it official, but the team took a big step toward announcing its starting quarterback in the battle between veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and newcomer Josh Rosen.

"It's pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way," Dolphins Brian Flores said Tuesday. "He's done that in a lot of areas, from leadership to production on the field to the meeting rooms to the walkthroughs. This is an ongoing competition, but right now he's leading the way."

The Dolphins are less than one week into their training camp.

The Dolphins signed Fitzpatrick in March to provide depth at the quarterback position just three days after they traded away former starter Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans. Then, during the 2019 NFL draft, Miami traded for former Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, who had played just one season plagued with inconsistency and instability in Arizona after the organization selected him with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

The Dolphins signed Ryan Fitzpatrick in March to provide depth at the quarterback position just three days after they traded away former starter Ryan Tannehill to the Titans. (Photo: Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports)

Rosen is now dealing with his third offensive coordinator in a little more than one full year since he was drafted, and was expected to deal with some growing pains.

"He's been more productive, and at the end of the day that's what it comes down to," Flores said of Fitzpatrick. "He runs the offense very efficiently. He has great rapport with the entire team. He has a lot of leadership ability, and we need that to continue. We need him to grow in that role."

Fitzpatrick, 36, is set to enter his 15th season in the NFL after stints with the Rams, Bengals, Bills Titans, Texans, Jets, and Buccaneers.

"It's still a competition. Every day is a competition. I think they all know that, but as we stand today I think Ryan has done a really good job," Flores said. "Hopefully he continues to improve and is consistent and that will help this team for sure."

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