Leading up to the 2018 NFL draft, there was dialogue surrounding UCLA (and now Arizona Cardinals) quarterback Josh Rosen concerning attributes aside from what he can do on the football field. He garnered much attention and wariness around his strong personality, which has rubbed some the wrong way.
According to Scott Davis of Business Insider, there is at least one team concerned that his personality will cause internal issues with the Arizona Cardinals, comparing him to two former quarterbacks who did so.
One team reportedly compared to Rosen a combination of former quarterback Jeff George and Jay Cutler, the polarizing quarterback most recently with the Miami Dolphins, saying he doesn’t think Rosen could lead a team.
Another executive referenced Rosen’s wealthy upbringing, calling him a “cake eater,” and saying Cardinals quarterback coach Byron Leftwich won’t allow Rosen to act like an “a–hole.”
This isn’t to say that Rosen will follow down that same path, but it does point to the possibility that this could arise in Arizona. However, the Cardinals have put in place what they believe is the right coaching staff to help navigate through any potential hurdles with Rosen. Leftwich spent over a decade in the NFL and is now heading into his second season as a quarterbacks coach for the team.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals have a proven offensive coordinator in Mike McCoy, who the franchise believes can continue to challenge Rosen in the manner that will keep him intrigued and engaged. Keep in mind, the organization would not have gone this route if they didn’t believe they could handle whatever situation comes from the UCLA product.
Only time will tell if Rosen was the right choice for the franchise as their long-term cornerstone quarterback.