Tag:Sage Rosenfels
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Vikings claim Sage Rosenfels off waivers

Rosenfels returns to Minnesota where he played in 2009. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On October 25, the Dolphins placed backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list after Rosenfels became sick with the same illness that landed him in the hospital in August.

On Friday, the Vikings claimed Rosenfels off waivers a day after the Dolphins wavied him, Vikings.com reports.

There was some speculation earlier in the week, after the Texans lost backup Matt Leinart to a should injury, that Rosenfels could return to Houston where he played from 2006-2008 and made 10 starts. Instead, he's is headed to Minnesota, where he was a third-stringer behind Tarvaris Jackson and Brett Favre in 2009.

Back in October, when Rosenfels originally landed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list, he released a statement through his agent that made it sound like his season was over. “I am thankful for the opportunity the Dolphins gave me to come here and play. I was looking forward to contributing to the team when I signed.

“When I first joined the Dolphins, all tests showed that I was healthy and ready to go. But after practicing for a few weeks, especially in the heat, some new indications made it obvious that I need to rest and allow my body to regain all requisite strength. I want to thank the Dolphins for their understanding and wish them the best of luck the rest of the season.”

If nothing else, it's great news that Rosenfels is healthy enough to return to football. He's also the latest name we can add to an ever-growing list of quarterbacks that coaches would prefer over Donovan McNabb.


After an overtime win last week over the Chargers, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will travel to Mall of America Field to battle the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz take a look at this game.

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Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Schaub gives T.J. Yates his seal of approval

T. Yates looks to be Houston's starting quarterback for the foreseeable future (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Now that Matt Leinart is unofficially done for the season after cracking his left collarbone Sunday, it appears the Texans are going to take their chances with fifth-round pick T.J. Yates as the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.

My colleague Will Brinson wrote a little about him in this week’s Sorting the Sunday Pile, but aside from Yates, who was 8 of 15 for 70 yards in relief of Leinart, holding the title of the best quarterback ever to emerge from UNC, we know very little about his ability to start in the NFL.

But considering the other Texans options, where else could they turn for a starter? Probably not Kellen Clemens, who was signed last week. Probably not Sage Rosenfels, who somehow has become a candidate to be claimed by Houston on waivers despite being placed on the Reserved/Non-Football Illness list with the Dolphins last month. And definitely not tight end Owen Daniels, who was actually the emergency backup to Yates on Sunday after Leinart left the game.

For now, it seems like Yates is the only man standing. And that’s OK by original starter Matt Schaub.

“T.J.’s been with us now for quite a while,” Schaub said on KILT in Houston, via sportsradiointerviews.com. “He’s been in our meetings; he understands our system. Obviously, you don’t want to give him an incredible amount of new stuff. … At the same time, we have enough guys in this locker room that have played enough football and they’re solid players. We’ve got some talent on our team and they’re going to have to pick up their play. We’ve dealt with injuries now all season. It seems like a broken record, but that’s what we’ve done and there’s something special about this team.”

And Yates is the guy that can continue that special season?

“T.J., for being a rookie, he’s probably picked this offense up to the point where he can function in it well, faster than anyone I’ve seen, including myself,” Schaub said. “That’s a big credit to him, because this is not an easy offense to pick up. … I, personally, have a ton of confidence that he’s going to go in there and play very well.”

After the game, Gary Kubiak talked about how Yates plays the game fast and that he has all the starting quarterback characteristics. Yet, Kubiak also acknowledged that he's barely taken any reps. Which means the Texans don’t really know what they have with Yates. For good or for bad.

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Posted on: October 25, 2011 3:45 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Dolphins sign former Bills 1st-rounder JP Losman

He's back! The Dolphins ink JP Losman. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Words we never thought we'd write: JP Losman is back in the NFL. The Miami Dolphins rescued Losman from football obscurity and, depending on your perspective, put him in a less enviable situation. Losman will be the No. 2 quarterback behind Matt Moore, who injured his ribs in Sunday's loss to the Broncos but is expected to play against the Giants this week, according to the Palm Beach Post's Ben Volin.

To make room on the roster for Losman, the Dolphins placed Sage Rosenfels on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list. FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez writes that Rosenfels recently became sick with the same illness that landed him in the hospital in August. 

“I am thankful for the opportunity the Dolphins gave me to come here and play,” Rosenfels said in a statement through agent Rick Smith that was given to FOXSports.com. “I was looking forward to contributing to the team when I signed.

“When I first joined the Dolphins, all tests showed that I was healthy and ready to go. But after practicing for a few weeks, especially in the heat, some new indications made it obvious that I need to rest and allow my body to regain all requisite strength. I want to thank the Dolphins for their understanding and wish them the best of luck the rest of the season.”

Rosenfels was signed nearly three weeks ago after starter Chad Henne was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. Before settling on Rosenfels, Miami also put Kellen Clemens, Losman, Jim Sorgi, and Charlie Frye through the paces. Apparently, Losman impressed them enough to bring him back.

The former Tulane star was the Bills' 2004 first-round pick. After five years in Buffalo, where Losman started 33 games, threw for 6,211 yards, 33 touchdowns and 24 interceptions, he landed in Oakland in 2009 and was in Seattle for parts of 2010. He also played for the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives in 2009, where he had 1,193 passing yards, nine touchdowns and two picks.

And now, Losman's an injury away from playing again in the NFL, although he'd be a much bigger help to the Dolphins if he was a defensive coordinator.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:34 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Money not reason Garrard didn't sign with Miami

It wasn't about money for Garrard, but that the Dolphins were 0-4. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne played surprisingly well through the first four weeks of the season. Unfortunately, the shoulder injury he suffered against the Chargers Sunday will keep him out for the rest of the year. Which meant that Miami was in the market for a backup quarterback behind newly elevated starter Matt Moore.

The team reached out to NFL veterans David Garrard and Jake Delhomme earlier this week and were told "thanks but no thanks" by both.

The Dolphins finally settled on Sage Rosenfels. Conventional wisdom (based on what Garrard's agent had told multiple outlets) was that Miami wasn't offering Garrard enough to get off his couch. Turns out, it wasn't about the money.

Details via the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero:
I am hearing from multiple team sources that, in fact, the reason Garrard is not on the Dolphins today has nothing to do with money. I'm told that if Garrard wanted his base salary guaranteed, the Dolphins would have done that. I'm told that although reports are Garrard would have played for $1 million, the club might have gone to three times that amount and "probably" paid it.

I'm told that the reason the Dolphins didn't get Garrard is, in fact, because he simply didn't feel like playing right now. Garrard apparently talked to the team and showed no great desire to play. He is, according to this version of the story, quite content sitting out this season, spending time with his family, and hitting free agency next March.
Salguero writes that this account makes more sense than the version previously being pushed -- namely, that the Dolphins were too cheap to pay Garrard, which could be interpreted as the organization giving up on the season after a month.

And while Garrard wanting to spend more time with his family is admirable, there's still more to the story.

"Garrard sure enough wasn't all that enthusiastic about playing right now -- but mostly because the team that came calling has such little chance of winning as the 0-4 Dolphins do," Salguero explains. "If, say, the 3-1 New England Patriots suddenly lost Tom Brady and needed a starting QB, he'd be on a plane in a heartbeat."

So the Dolphins settled on Rosenfels who, according to coach Tony Sparano will serve as Moore's backup. “Yeah, it’s Matt’s job," Sparano said. "We’ve got to get Matt ready to go."

In case you're wondering, Miami also worked out Kellen Clemens, JP Losman, Jim Sorgi, and Charlie Frye before settling on to Rosenfels.

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Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:06 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Dolphins ink Sage Rosenfels, Henne done for year

Posted by Will Brinson

Chad Henne hurt himself in a most unfortunate way against San Diego in Week 4 (a blown draw play that resulted in him diving up the middle for a yard or two) and reports started circulating that Henne suffered a separated shoulder.

Those reports are true, and the Dolphins announced Thursday that they placed Henne on injured reserve, thus ending his season. To make up for Henne's loss, the Dolphins have signed veteran Sage Rosenfels.

"Congrats to Sage Rosenfels who just signed with the Miami Dolphins," Rosenfels agent, Rick Smith, tweeted Thursday.

Rosenfels was on the Giants injured reserve with a blood illness of sorts, and hasn't thrown a regular-season pass since 2008. Which means that, yes, Matt Moore will remain the starter in Miami.

That the Dolphins were able to get Rosenfels to pass his physical is good news -- they were turned down by some not-so-elite quarterbacks like Jake Delhomme, David Garrard, Trent Edwards and Brodie Croyle.

None were interested, but the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora notes that it may have simply been a financial issue -- Miami only wanted to offer Garrard $600,000 with no money guaranteed.

So, yeah, the Dolphins at 0-4 find themselves in a pretty bad position without their starting quarterback. Although not having a good signal caller under center isn't exactly new for them -- they've been missing a quarterback even since Dan Marino left.

"I can only look at the last three, four years," head coach Tony Sparano said Wednesday. "I don’t know about the last decade or anything like that. I just know about the last couple two, three years. We’ve had a couple quarterbacks in there. Obviously [Chad] Pennington, [Chad] Henne, Pat White, Tyler [Thigpen] ... we got a few different guys. As far as starters go it’s been Pennington and Henne. For us it’s been pretty consistent."

Sparano pointed out that he's been on the winless end of things this deep into the season before (when he worked for Marty Schottenheimer in Washington), but he wasn't the guy with his neck firmly on the chopping block.

Now he is, and without his starting quarterback, it's hard to imagine how he'll survive an already tepid start.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 9:01 am
Edited on: December 29, 2010 9:03 am
 

Webb shows he belongs

J. Webb had an impressive showing for Minnesota vs. Philadelphia (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We all acknowledge that it’s been a strange, strange season for the Vikings (can we classify this as a Jerry Garcia-type year, please?).

The Brett Favre saga, the Brad Childress saga, the Randy Moss experiment and ultimate failure, the Metrodome roof collapsing, and the Tuesday night football game all have made this a (not-so-good) year to remember for Minnesota fans.

And while QB Joe Webb’s performance won’t rank that highly on the chart of weirdness for 2010, his impressive play in the team’s 24-14 win against the Eagles shouldn’t go overlooked.

In case you need a refresher, Webb – whose real first name is Tawhidul (I somehow missed that fact this season) – had a standout career as a QB at Alabama-Birmingham. He wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, and he worked out for scouts as a WR. Essentially, hardly anybody expected Webb to play QB in the NFL.

The fact he was chosen in the sixth round by the Vikings wasn’t a great sign either, because sixth round picks have a tough enough time making the team in the first place.

But Webb played well enough in training camp to convince Childress to leave him at QB – he actually beat out Sage Rosenfels for the No. 3 QB job – and after backing up Favre and Tarvaris Jackson all season, Webb took his first snaps in Week 14 and 15. He looked exactly like a sixth-round pick who wasn’t supposed to be a QB.

Yet, on Tuesday, Webb played like a professional, completing 17 of 26 passes for 195 yards while rushing six times for 31 yards and a touchdown to lead Minnesota to the upset.

"I just let my instincts take over," Webb told reporters, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I sensed the pressure, but I didn't focus on it. I stayed in the pocket and focused on the throw."

Perhaps none were bigger than his 28-yard pass to WR Percy Harvin on a third-and-11 midway through the fourth quarter that kept alive a drive that eventually led to the Vikings sealing the game with a one-yard TD run by Adrian Peterson. Considering the Eagles had scored a TD of their own at the beginning of the fourth quarter to cut the Vikings lead to three points, the drive led by Webb was particularly important.

Said coach Leslie Frazier: "That's a huge play under a lot of pressure against a very good defense, for him to step up in the pocket and make that (3rd-and-11) throw. That's a heckuva play, and one you look at and you say, 'This guy has a chance.'"

Also from Frazier - who, by the way, said Favre would start in Week 17 if he was healthy (does this make sense to anybody?): “It'd be hard for me to say that I knew that Joe would play at such a high level so consistently.”

Did anybody?

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 9:02 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 9:59 pm
 

Vikings trade Rosenfels to Giants

Posted by Andy BenoitS. Rosenfels

UPDATE 9:57 PM: Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that Rosenfels was traded for a 2011 fifth-round pick and a 2012 pick that is contingent on playing time.

Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com is reporting that the Vikings have traded quarterback Sage Rosenfels to the Giants.

Specific compensation is not yet known, though Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News says it's for future conditional draft picks.

Rosenfels never gained the admiration of the Vikings coaching staff (some have said coaches thought Rosenfels showed up and immediately acted as if he were entitled to the starting job).

The Giants have been in the market for a backup quarterback since Jim Sorgi was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:27 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Webb should be in Vikings design

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brett Favre’s return to the Vikings sealed the fate of one of Minnesota’s backup quarterbacks. Somebody has to go.

Coach Brad Childress has said Tarvaris Jackson will be the No. 2 quarterback , meaning Sage Rosenfels and Joe Webb will battle for the final job.

Minnesota had planned to insert Webb – a college quarterback at UAB who was drafted in the sixth round – into the receiving corps, but he surprised the coaching staff with his abilities at QB. And why not? After all, he’s the only player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

He’s been pretty good in the preseason as well, completing 12 of 21 passes for 91 yards, two TDs and zero INTs while rushing for 78 yards.

Plus, you know, Webb can jump really high (see video below). Which is pretty cool.



The St. Paul Pioneer Press writes Webb is pretty confident he has a future with the club, but he also realizes the team’s preseason game against the Broncos on Thursday is kind of a big deal.

"You can't get comfortable," Webb told the paper. "You have to continue to play your best game."

Rosenfels actually has looked very impressive this preseason, going 30 of 47 for 392 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and a monster 118.4 QB rating. But let’s face it, he’s an eight-year veteran with only 32 games played and with only 12 games started, and he’s nothing more than a below-average starting quarterback. 

I expect the Vikings to release Rosenfels (or try to trade him, I suppose), but they could keep Rosenfels and try to slip Webb onto the practice squad. I wouldn’t expect him to pass through waivers, though, and then, he’d be lost to Minnesota.

And honestly, who would you rather have? Rosenfels or a guy who can jump over seven bags?

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