Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury makes it clear that Josh Rosen is his quarterback
There has been some speculation about the Arizona Cardinals quarterback situation recently. That being said, according to Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk, head coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t think so. He has his man in Josh Rosen.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, seeing as Rosen was the Cardinals first round pick last year (10th overall). After a shaky rookie year and a new head coach, however, things got a little murky.
Last season, Rosen threw 11 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions in 13 starts (3-10 record). The quarterback completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards. In a vacuum of “rookie QB’s,” that’s not all-that-terrible as there’s clearly a lot of positives to build on as well. That’s not how the NFL works though, as results are needed immediately.
Especially when you add in a new coach. There’s always the possibility that the current quarterback isn’t the quarterback he wants. If a coach doesn’t believe in the quarterback, why not make a change as fast as possible and get things rolling?
Kingsbury seems confident in the young quarterback and is ready to “give him the keys to the castle.” That’s a smart move as giving up on a first round pick after one year is liable to set a franchise back a few seasons.
It’s also important to remember that Rosen wasn’t working with much last season. In particular, the offensive line was miserable and his number one receiver was Larry Fitzgerald (someone everyone expected to retire after the year). David Johnson was the running back, but coming off an injury wasn’t his usual self.
The Cardinals probably aren’t going to make the jump from 3-13 to playoff contender in one season. Patience is key with the team’s success, just like it should be with their quarterback. It should help his confidence to know that the coach believes in him and is ready to let him lead the ship.
Now it’s time to see if Josh Rosen can steer the Arizona Cardinals in the right direction.