Are the Arizona Cardinals today’s version of the pre-2017 Cleveland Browns after the mishandling of Josh Rosen?
The Arizona Cardinals were only able to garner a 2019 second- and 2020 fifth-round pick for second-year quarterback Josh Rosen. Mr. Rosen was the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Talk about diminishing value and a bad poker face.
Last season, Rosen completed only 55.2 percent of his passes for a modest 2,278 passing yards to go along with 11 touchdowns versus 14 interceptions. He took 45 sacks in only 14 games played which ranked seventh in the league. Rosen was thrown to the wolves after Sam Bradford was knocked out of the Bears game last season. Nothing was going to save him after Bradford was rendered useless.
The offensive line was the major malfunction. Not only did it surrender 51 total sacks on the season, but also provided enough space for superstar running back to average a pedestrian-like 3.6 yards/carry. The entire unit was flawed, not just Rosen. That is a knock on the Arizona front office, not the coaching staff. If you don’t have players who can execute, very few games will end victoriously.
Rosen was supposed to be the face of the franchise last year but an ill-advised head coaching hire set him and the organization backward for the foreseeable future. The Cardinals organization has now managed three different head coaches in as many years. Yes, Arizona hired Kliff Kingsbury, dubbed the offensive genius formerly of Texas Tech, but that is not the problem.
This is not an indictment on Kingsbury either, even though he had a losing record in his final three years serving the Raiders. His 35-40 overall record ranks near the bottom of the Texas Tech history books. That is beside the point, some believe he can revolutionize the Cardinals offense but only with Heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray under center.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 26, 2019
Murray is a tremendous talent but his speed will be neutralized in the NFL. Everyone on defense plays as fast as Murray and there isn’t an offensive scheme in the world that can mask a shoddy O-line. Murray should plan to grow eyes on the back of his head before the 2019 season begins because he will be running for dear life.
The string of poor decisions could make Arizona the laughing stock of the NFL. They already earned the No. 1 overall pick this season and followed it up by hiring an inexperienced coach with a losing record. The Arizona Browns are here to stay. Good luck Kyler, maybe the Oakland A’s still have a place for you after all.
Until then, stay thirsty! JT out.