Arizona Cardinals treatment of Josh Rosen was disgraceful
By Jim Koch
The Arizona Cardinals’ 2018 first-round draft pick showed much more class than the franchise that strung him along for months
Two minutes before the Arizona Cardinals selected Kyler Murray on the first night of the NFL Draft, the team’s other quarterback got the call. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury reached out to inform the club’s incredibly loyal soldier that his services were no longer needed. That was Josh Rosen’s reward for doing everything right during the 12 months he spent in the desert.
The Cardinals handling of the situation with their former signal-caller was downright disgraceful. Rosen took a fierce beating last season, thanks to the brutal offensive linemen that his general manager supplied for him. Steve Keim also surrounded his first-round pick with incompetent coaches, including an offensive coordinator who was fired just weeks into the 2018 campaign.
Despite all of these problems, Rosen never once complained. The rookie showed up every day with a smile, never once throwing anyone under the bus for the mess that was placed around him. The former UCLA Bruin won over his teammates, who have consistently shown their support for him through this whole tumultuous offseason.
Rosen was cast aside so that Kingsbury could have Murray, a tiny little man who has the odds stacked against him. History shows that very few passers who are under six feet tall find success in professional football. Rosen, on the other hand, stands 6’4, and has a cannon for an arm as well.
Kingsbury did Rosen dirty just as much as Arizona’s front office did. The former Texas Tech head coach promised that the 22-year old was a fit for his vaunted “Air Raid” offense. A system, by the way, that helped Kingsbury compile a losing record (35-40) in college.
When the smoke clears, Keim and Kingsbury better be right. Both of their careers are riding on Murray succeeding, and rightfully so. Kingsbury, for all intents and purposes, didn’t deserve the job he currently has, and Keim probably should’ve been fired last year.
Rosen gets to start over after being traded to the Miami Dolphins. Hopefully, he’ll go on to have a great career and prove the organization that drafted him wrong. While we wish him all of the luck in the world, there are a countless number of fans who wish that Rosen was still running the Cards’ offense.