One of the shrewdest moves in Dolphins history occurred when Don Shula brought aboard aging Earl Morrall for insurance in the event Bob Griese went down. History tells us that the 17-0 season in 1972 never would have been possible without such foresight.
Will the Dolphins and Brian Flores do it again?
It sounds a bit odd to ask such a question when you consider the Dolphins have Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen and rookie Tua Tagovailoa.
But this isn’t about injury. It’s about illness.
Amid the pandemic, one idea being kicked around the league is whether teams should stash a designated QB who would participate in Zoom meetings but work out on his own. That way, if a COVID-19 outbreak hits the quarterback room one week, coaches still have an emergency QB who knows the system that they could plug in on Sunday.
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Flores admitted such an approach has at least been discussed in Davie, even if he wasn’t about to divulge whether the Dolphins will actually tell Josh Rosen or another passer to hang loose in the wings.
“We have looked into really every possible scenario, that being one of them,” Flores said Monday.
At this stage of training camp, the Dolphins don’t feel rushed into making a decision.
“Look, a lot of our meetings are Zoom right now,” Flores said. “So everyone is in a quarantine. But in a lot of ways it takes care of itself.”
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14), center Daniel Kilgore (67) and quarterback Josh Rosen (3) take the field against the against the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium. (Photo: Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports)
This is the easiest part of camp. Bigger tests on teams’ ability to fend off the virus will come later this week as on-field work ramps up.
“It just makes too much sense for a team to have a quarantine quarterback for $12,000 a week,” agent Mike McCartney told Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “That’s an extremely inexpensive insurance policy at the most important position, and it gives you a guy who not just knows the offense, but is keeping up with the intricacies of the game plan every week.”
The obvious drawback to the “quarantined quarterback” idea, of course, is that while the outcast may be up to speed on terminology and the objectives of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, he won’t actually be throwing passes to the receivers he’d line up with on Sunday.
Is it worth it? Flores stuck to his poker face.
“We’ve talked about that scenario as well as a plethora of other scenarios,” Flores said. “So I think we have a plan in place that we feel good about.”
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