Brian Flores would’ve preferred for Josh Rosen to have taken a sack.
Rosen felt a defender beginning to wrap himself around his feet. Rosen also saw his favorite receiving target Preston Williams on the outside, ready to cut back in his direction, opening a window Rosen knew he could hit.
So Rosen pushed the envelope. He found Williams on the outside for a 16-yard pass on third-and-8 for a first down during the second quarter of the Miami Dolphins’ 34-27 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday night.
It was the first of four connections between Rosen and Williams, and among the handful of precision throws Rosen made during his Dolphins debut, where he completed 13-of-20 passes for 191 yards, led two touchdown drives, and had an interception in the game.
“At some point as a quarterback, you have to take a sack. That’s the play,” Flores, the first-time NFL head coach, said of that specific Rosen play. “But the guy has a little bit of a gunslinger mentality and likes to let it rip. Obviously, that was a nice one to Preston, but I think we want to play smarter than that in that situation. Not just let the ball go like we did.”
Added Rosen: “It may have been a little dicey, but I probably should’ve been smarter with that even though this one worked out.”