Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen saw himself get thrust into the headlines not due to his own doing after his former head coach Jim Mora stated some not so enlightening comments about him in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated. Mora had essentially stated that Rosen needs to be “challenged intellectually” in order to refrain from getting bored wherever he lands in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
This has painted the 21-year-old into a corner with the perception that he may be difficult to work with or handle. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Mora went on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday to clarify his comments stating that he feels that his statements should be viewed in a positive light.
Mora appeared on Tuesday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show to further elaborate on Rosen. This time around, Mora was far closer to being over-the-top in his praise. Mora also insisted that he’s been “really clear” and “really consistent” in his message about Rosen, and that his views should be regarded as “very, very complimentary” and “very, very positive.”
“Things can be misrepresented at times when people decide to edit it a certain way,” Mora said.
There doesn’t appear to be any backing down from these comments from Mora rather that he has doubled down on them. He had also added that he believes that Rosen is a talented quarterback that has a passion for the game of football. However, the fact that he has taken it step further in his mind is helping his former player.
These type of comments from the head coach that has coached Rosen over his entire collegiate career gives off a difficult vibe that he may be hard to deal with at times if he feels that the coaching isn’t up to his standards. There is a clear understanding that he possesses promising talent, but his quality could backfire on him with teams possibly steering away from him.
Ultimately, time will tell if Mora’s comments will have any significant impact on his draft status come late April where he is expected to be one of the top selections.