During his rookie season, quarterback Josh Rosen said he “will not run a play on a football field unless I know why we’re running it.”
That’s not the main reason why Rosen was traded from the Cardinals to the Dolphins last month, but Rosen’s willingness to ask questions and speak his mind has led to some critical reactions dating back to his time at UCLA. On Thursday, Dolphins offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea said that any questions from Rosen about why the offense is doing something will be met with a more positive response.
“It’s important,” O’Shea said, via the Palm Beach Post. “Players should want to know why. It’s something we encourage, to learn the whys. If they’re not inquisitive about the whys then they’re never really going to conceptually understand the offense. So I think that Josh is highly intelligent, just like Ryan [Fitzpatrick] and Jake [Rudock] are, so having smart guys is a good thing. Those guys aren’t afraid to ask why. And we’re not afraid to answer it.”