Arizona Cardinals move to Josh Rosen pays off
Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen got his first career start on Sunday
If there was one area that played well and didn’t deserve the loss on Sunday for the Arizona Cardinals, it was at quarterback. Josh Rosen did everything he needed to win a football game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Unfortunately no one else played along. His receivers dropped balls. His coaches failed to give him the tools to succeed. His kicker couldn’t hit field goals.
Rosen’s stats from Sunday (15-27-180) aren’t going to blow anyone away. However he had one touchdown and did not throw an interception.
He looked poised most of the day. He made smart decisions such as throwing the ball away when he had the opportunity. He was sacked just once and he couldn’t do anything with that.
He was given a few opportunities to hit home run balls but again dropped passes doomed success on those attempts. This game doesn’t come down to missed field goals if he connects on those long balls.
If anything positive came out of Sunday’s loss, which sent the Cardinals to their first 0-4 start since leaving St. Louis, is that they seem to be set at quarterback.
This doesn’t mean he won’t struggle at times this season. Far from it. Rosen has some daunting defenses to face, especially on the road.
The Cardinals have only played one road game so far. That is going to change here quickly. The Cardinals are at the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings for their next two games.
We are going to learn a lot more about Rosen the football player over the coming weeks. Off the field? I think whatever was put into question about his attitude or behavior off the field at UCLA can be put to bed.
Rosen only blamed himself after Sunday’s loss when he was practically the only one that shouldn’t have shouldered any blame. That’s a leader for you right there. The Cardinals have their franchise quarterback.