Josh Rosen still hasn’t heard from the Arizona Cardinals GM
After being shipped off to Miami, former Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Josh Rosen says he hasn’t heard from general manager Steve Keim.
Former Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Josh Rosen recently joined The Rich Eisen Show for an interview to talk about the wild ride of his first full NFL offseason. In the interview, Rosen spoke about the quarterback battle taking place on the Miami Dolphins and mentioned some vital information about the Cardinals’ organization.
In the interview, Rosen noted that he has the utmost respect for head coach Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray. He said Kingsbury himself called him a minute before the draft to tell him the team was drafting Murray; his response was positive as he said he was willing to fight for the starting job and even texted the No. 1 overall pick to wish him good luck in the desert.
Rosen said only positive things about Kingsbury, saying;
"I just really appreciated how he acted like a man and was very respectful. He wishes me the best and called me the day after the draft wishing me goodluck and I wished him goodluck."
Although Rosen noted that he appreciates everyone within the Cardinals organization, he doesn’t feel the same about a couple of people. One of those people may very well be general manager Steve Keim; after all, he mentioned the kitchen staff but not the GM. In the interview, Rosen said this about the lack of communication between the two:
"The only that truly did kind of frustrate me through this whole process is that I still haven’t heard from my old GM. Like I didn’t talk to him for months before, still haven’t talked to him after. But that was kind of frustrating, but for the most part, I’m ready to put that old chapter behind me."
There are a few key takeaways form both of these quotes and the conversation as a whole; Rosen continues to handle the situation professionally, and so has Kingsbury, but as for Keim, the same can’t be said.
Again, this is a good look on both Rosen’s and Kingsbury’s part, but it’s just the opposite for Keim. Rosen joins several former Cardinals that are frustrated by Keim’s lack of empathy and his willingness to cut ties with promising players.
Just last year Keim was in a similar situation with Tyrann Mathieu that ended in a divorce. Though it wasn’t as extreme as Murray-Rosen, Keim cut ties with a fan favorite and contributor at just 26 years old. Although Mathieu carried a massive cap hit, Keim was the one to sign him to the expensive contract just a couple seasons prior.
Like Mathieu, many figured that Rosen deserved a better shot than he got in Arizona. Despite being a highly coveted prospect just a year ago, Keim cut ties and has appeared not to make an effort to smooth out the situation. That’s not professional.
Both Mathieu and Rosen are in the past, but it’s hard not to feel as if both situations could’ve been handled better. Although the Bidwill family could also be part of the blame, Keim, as a general manager, needs to do a better job with his personnel. Yes, football is a business, but it’s also family; but Keim has proven over and over that to him, it’s more the former than the latter.