Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks decided to turn his offense over to Josh Rosen with the game on the line against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and he is planning to do the same going forward.
On Monday, Wilks announced that Rosen will start at quarterback for the Cardinals when they host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 24, 2018
It was only a matter of time before Rosen took over for Sam Bradford, who had been underwhelming in his three starts this season. The veteran completed just 13-of-19 passes for 157 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions prior to being replaced by Rosen on Sunday. Rosen was not much better and threw a pick of his own, but the Cardinals traded up to draft him for a reason. They’re going nowhere with Bradford under center, so it makes sense to start getting Rosen some meaningful reps.
It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals choose to keep Bradford on their roster, as they may have some financial incentive to make him inactive or waive him.
Sam Bradford has been downright terrible through his first two games with the Arizona Cardinals, and the calls for the team to turn to rookie Josh Rosen have already begun. That is not going to happen just yet, however.
Accoridng to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Cardinals know they have multiple issues on offense and do not believe a quarterback change would instantly solve any of them. While Bradford has two interceptions, no touchdowns and a passer rating of 55.6 through two games, what he did in training camp and the preseason has the Cardinals convinced he is still the right man for the job.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2018
Interestingly enough, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reviewed Bradford’s contract and learned that the Cardinals have some financial incentive to bench the veteran. They would save more than $4 million in unpaid per-game roster bonuses if they bench or release Bradford after Week 3. Schefter notes that some people around the NFL believe the Cardinals have begun thinking about a QB change.
Bradford has made some bad reads in Arizona’s first two games, and there’s a reason we have his situation among our 15 questions to watch for Week 3. No matter how much the coaching staff likes him, he needs to turn things around quickly with a first-round pick waiting to take over.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen won’t get another chance to impress this preseason.
According to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, Rosen will not play in the Cardinals’ final preseason game, likely due to his lingering thumb problem.
Cardinals rookie QB Josh Rosen won’t play in the preseason finale, according to a team source
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) August 29, 2018
Rosen looked solid in the Cardinals’ first two preseason games before picking up a thumb injury, and he hasn’t played since. Holding him out here is likely out of an abundance of caution, given that there’s no reason to risk further issues at this point.
Rosen also isn’t competing for any job. We’ve known for a while that Sam Bradford will open the season as the Cardinals’ starter. Whether that lasts through 2018 remains to be seen, but for now, there’s no controversy here.
The Arizona Cardinals traded up in the NFL Draft to select Josh Rosen, so they obviously feel that the former UCLA star has what it takes to be their quarterback of the future. But in the short-term, it sounds like Sam Bradford has no intention of getting beat out by a rookie.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media spoke about Arizona’s quarterback competition on Wednesday, and he described it as a “competition-ish.” Rapoport cited sources who informed him Bradford has been outstanding in training camp.
Here in Arizona for the last day of Inside Training Camp, one note about the QB battle is clear: Sam Bradford has been accurate and very good. pic.twitter.com/JphVeC2g5J
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 8, 2018
“It’s pretty clear that if he’s healthy, he’s going to be the starting quarterback here,” Rapoport said of Bradford.
Rosen has already showcased his confidence by providing us with arguably the cockiest quote of any player in the draft, but the Cardinals signed Bradford for a reason. While Bradford has dealt with multiple significant knee injuries throughout his career, he has generally been very effective when healthy. His presence allows Arizona to have patience with Rosen, which is exactly what they are planning to do.
Josh Rosen is one of many people who have spoken out against the problems that exist with the current NCAA system, but he is one of the few who have proposed some actual ideas on how those issues might be resolved.
Rosen has been working with Tye Gonser, a partner at a Southern California business law firm called Weinberg Gonser LLP, and USC law student and former baseball player Bryan Bitzer on a system they believe could help college athletes get paid while also promoting education. They put together an essay on the topic entitled “The Modernization of College Athletics as an Incentive for Graduation,” and they shared it exclusively with Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.
Under the plan Rosen, Gonser and Bitzer proposed, student athletes would be able to profit from a number of revenue opportunities throughout their college careers, such as name, image and likeness, jerseys and apparel, video games and other areas. However, the money would be placed into an account that students are only entitled to if they graduate.
“I’m not against the NCAA,” Rosen said. “I do strongly believe in the student-athlete experience, and I don’t think the free market is the way to go. I also don’t want a system that was created in the 1950s to stay the way it was. I want it to be like the iPhone, constantly updating to stay current with the times.
“I want this idea to get people talking. I want this to sort of be the WD-40 that unlocks the stuck gears of how to compensate student-athletes.”
Rosen and his colleagues understand their system would have obstacles, and they tried to address one of the biggest ones with the forming of an independent entity they refer to as the “Clearinghouse.” That non-profit organization would be responsible for playing the role of middle man between players and potential endorsers to help erase the need for agent involvement.
“It’s an idea, and I think it’s a cool one,” Rosen said. “We need to find a way where we can mutually push in the same direction. This can legitimately help both sides, the college side and the student-athlete side.”
Rosen has been taking shots at the NCAA over money for years, but you have to respect him going through the effort to propose an actual idea. That’s more than most people who bash the system can say for themselves.
- Josh Rosen
Patrick Peterson has been one of the best cornerbacks in football for the past several years, and he has gone up against plenty of great quarterbacks during that span. So when he goes out of his way to heap praise on a rookie, it must mean something.
Peterson was asked about Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen during an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” Monday, and he had extremely high praise for the former UCLA star.
“I’m very impressed,” Peterson said, as transcribed by Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com. “To see [Rosen] make checks and get guys in line early, I was like, ‘Has this guy been here before?’ I was very, very impressed of his spring camp, minicamp, OTAs. He’s just been extremely sharp.”
We have already heard similar remarks from Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, and the observations are especially noteworthy since Arizona brought in Sam Bradford to serve as a bridge QB. That gives the Cardinals an opportunity to have Rosen take a red shirt year, but that may not end up happening.
“Honestly since he’s been with us, he’s been the total opposite of what you hear from the media or you hear from outside people,” Peterson added. “The way he’s able to grasp the offense and get guys in line right now, I’ve been very, very impressed with that. As far as his throwing motion and his quarterback IQ and his pocket presence and all that stuff, it’s off the charts. I’ve never seen a rookie come on a team and do some of the things he’s doing.”
If you want to know how confident Rosen is in his abilities, look no further than the incredibly cocky quote he had after he was the fourth QB taken in the draft. Perhaps so many teams passing on him was all the motivation Rosen needed.
Josh Rosen had a reputation entering the draft for being cocky and unafraid to speak his mind. He held with that theme after being selected No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals.
Rosen spoke with the media after being picked and said he was “pissed off” about being the fourth quarterback taken. But his truly bold comment was saying “there were nine mistakes ahead of me.”
Josh Rosen on being drafted 10th: “There were nine mistakes ahead of me.”
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) April 27, 2018
That is a quote that will be remembered by many. You say something like that and you better live up to it.
Rosen also kept mentioning “motivated” as his big word after slipping in the draft. He continued to say he was “motivated” to do well and prove people wrong. He said as much on Twitter.
— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) April 27, 2018
We knew based on this video that Rosen had a chip on the shoulder entering the league. That has been confirmed. Now he’ll be competing with Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon on the Cardinals’ depth chart.