Former Arizona Cardinals signal-caller Josh Rosen may be on the verge of joining his third NFL organization in three years
Just two years ago, the Arizona Cardinals believed that they had a found a franchise quarterback. Josh Rosen, a highly-touted prospect out of UCLA, was brought in to lead the team into the future. To say that things have gone terribly wrong for the young signal-caller would be an incredible understatement.
There’s a strong possibility that the talented Rosen will soon be suiting up for his third professional club in three years. According to reports, the Miami Dolphins are releasing the 23-year old passer. What exactly has gone wrong for the confident kid out of California?
It would certainly be fair to say that Rosen didn’t get a fair shake with the Cards. The coaching staff that the 6’4, 215 pounder played for during his one and only season with the organization was completely inept. Steve Wilks turned out to be an sorry excuse for a head coach, and both of his offensive coordinators (Mike McCoy, Byron Leftwich) were awful as well.
The pronounced lack of support from the coaching staff had a tremendous effect on Rosen’s performance. In 14 appearances (13 starts), Arizona’s bewildered leader completed just 55.2% of his passes, for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns. Rosen also served up 14 interceptions, and was sacked an eye-popping 45 times behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.
The following spring, with the first pick of the 2019 draft in their possession, the Cardinals decided to replace Rosen with the highly-publicized Kyler Murray. The University of Oklahoma star was a favorite of new coach Kliff Kingsbury, and was a perfect fit for the “Air Raid” offense that was being installed. Rosen was left out in the cold by the Cards, and was traded to the Dolphins just one day after Murray was selected.
Rosen’s numbers in Miami were also unimpressive. In six appearances (three starts), the 10th-overall choice of the 2018 draft posted a brutal 53.2% completion percentage. Rosen tossed five picks, and managed just one touchdown toss in his 109 attempts for the Dolphins.
Miami benched the overmatched Rosen, and replaced him with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. This past April, the Dolphins used the draft’s fifth-overall selection on Tua Tagovailoa, a 6’0, 217 pounder out of the University of Alabama. That move, for all intents and purposes, punched Rosen’s ticket out of town.
The shell-shocked quarterback will more than likely get one more chance to prove that he can succeed at the pro level. If Rosen can get in the right situation, perhaps a third time will be the charm for the former Arizona signal-caller. We at Raisingzona.com wish him nothing but the best.