If anybody deserves a break it is Josh Rosen as callus fans and media have ignored the human factor in all of this, as well as the investment made by GM Chris Grier in 2019 when he sent the Cardinals Miami’s No. 62 pick in the 2019 NFL draft and a 2020 fifth-rounder, for Rosen.
Rosen is only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and is really a victim of the incompetence of a then dysfunctional Cardinals organization who fired their first year head coach Steve Wilks after one season.
Despite reports of Rosen being a difficult personality he has handled himself with grace and dignity during what can only be described as a very uncomfortable time during the April 2019 draft amidst rumors that he would be traded as the new head coach of the Cardinals Kliff Kingsbury wanted a different style of QB to run his offense.
Even when those rumors proved true Josh Rosen still showed class as even veteran future hall of fame WR Larry Fitzgerald had this to say about Josh…
“I applaud his position of how he handles his business,” Fitzgerald said. “He literally, he just, ‘Only thing I can control is me and my effort today and how much I can learn this offense to be the best quarterback I can be for the Arizona Cardinals until something else changes.’ Really, as a 22-year-old kid, I love his demeanor.
He goes on to say about Josh Rosen…
“I got a chance to talk with Josh every day and I know it’s been a tumultuous few months since all of these rumors have been swirling about the number one pick,” Fitzgerald told Reggie Jackson on Sirius XM Radio’s Mad Dog Sports Radio show. “I don’t know if I’ve seen a young man, 22 years old, be able to handle himself in a situation more effectively.
“I just have a lot of respect for him as a young man, how he’s conducted himself, the way he prepares, his mental approach to football and life in general. I really enjoyed my time around him and I wish him the very best.”
Current and former teammates like Justin Pugh and Deone Bucannon tweeted defenses of Rosen’s character when, before he was traded, the quarterback was the target of NFL Network analyst Steve Smith, whose on-air tirade included assumptions about Rosen’s handling of the Murray pick.
Even after being traded he showed class and he kept a promise to Larry Fitzgearld
Rosen thanked Cardinals fans in a video, welcomed Murray to his old role as franchise quarterback and then fulfilled a promise to participate in Fitzgerald’s softball event for charity before leaving town.
To me that says a lot about Josh Rosen and that is why I am 100% in his corner and I hope Miami don’t do to him this year what the Cardinals did to him last year.
I am not against competition and should Miami draft a QB in 2020 that is what they rightfully can do, but to me it is not something they SHOULD do. Why?
Well if they are truly concerned about the person Josh Rosen and his future it just seems the right thing to do is give him another year to prove himself against the best competition he will get and that is against Ryan Fitzpatrick because none of the QB’s in this years draft will be better than Fitzpatrick neither Tua or Herbert who most of the so called experts say they both will need to sit out a year.
If that is the case than why not just wait until next year to even draft a QB allowing Josh to have a fair chance of winning the starting job? If GM Chris Grier does draft a QB early in the 2020 draft how long will it be before someone question his judgment on taking a risk on Rosen? You know it will happen!
Josh Rosen is the lesser of unknowns among the QB’s in the 2020 NFL draft he has been on the team for a year already so no need to sit him this year and I am sure he will do all he can to earn the starting job in Miami and hopefully his is the future QB we all have been desiring since number 13 hung up his cleats!
Josh Rosen’s Parting Message To The Cardinals