Jim Mora says he was “in no way being negative” toward Josh Rosen

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In days and weeks preceding the draft, a prospect’s college coach is expected to be over-the-top in his praise of the player. Typically, it’s all taken with a grain of salt, because that’s what the coach is supposed to say.

An assessment from a coach becomes noteworthy, then, when it’s anything but over the top. Enter the multiple statements made in recent days by former UCLA coach Jim Mora. They were far from over the top.

Mora said that former USC quarterback Sam Darnold is a better fit than Rosen for the Browns. Mora told Peter King of SI.com that Rosen “needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn’t get bored,” that “[h]e’s a millennial,” that “[h]e wants to know why,” that “Josh has a lot of interests in life,” and that “[i]f you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire.” Mora said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that “[i]f Josh manages his life off the football field and commits to being a great football player not just when he’s at the facility, but when he’s away from the facility, he is going to be amazingly successful.”

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.

Mora went on to say that Rosen does indeed need to be challenged intellectually, but Mora said that’s not a bad thing. He compared Rosen to other cerebral quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, pointing out that former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison recently told Mora that Manning’s inquisitive nature routinely kept meetings going longer than they otherwise would have gone.

“Josh loves football,” Mora said. “There’s been a question, ‘Does Josh love football?’ He loves football. He’s on record as saying, ‘If I didn’t love football, I wouldn’t play football.”

Mora also said that Rosen has never indicated that he doesn’t want to play for the Browns, explaining that Rosen is a “competitor” who wants to be the first pick.

“You want to be recognized as the best,” Mora said.

Still, people will look at the full body of Mora’s comments and wonder whether the guy who coached him at UCLA truly does.

49 responses to “Jim Mora says he was “in no way being negative” toward Josh Rosen

  1. Millennials are a problem in every workplace:

    1. Delusional
    2. Entitled
    3. Know It Alls w/little or no experience

    It will be an enormous problem for the NFL’s future.

  2. Josh: “thanks coach. Shut up, please.” (Whispers to his agent, “now I know why he was fired.”

  3. Errrr…and where is the controversy here? What exactly did he say that was so wrong or offensive?

    Kind of a non-article. Jim Mora gave an opinion and the media tried to find something in it. *Yawn.

  4. Oh. Now I know how Josh Rosen learned to say unadvisable things he’d later have to backtrack from.

  5. I really didn’t see any problems with Mora’s remarks. Personally I take it as him saying that Rosen is highly intelligent and a critical thinker. Isn’t that what you want from your QB? Does anyone really think that QBs like Rodgers, Brees, or Brady aren’t highly intelligent and critical thinkers of their trade?

    The only real question becomes if he overthinks things, especially in a game. IMO his play at UCLA shows that isn’t an issue.

  6. tylawspick6 says:

    April 3, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Millennials are a problem in every workplace:

    1. Delusional
    2. Entitled
    3. Know It Alls w/little or no experience

    It will be an enormous problem for the NFL’s future.
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    4. You forgot always playing with phone AT WORK.

  7. It may seem like Mora is digging himself a deeper hole here but he’s right. ESPN, NFLN, and other football news outlets ran with the second part of his quote on Rosen. Go and find the clip of the interview he gave, he was praising Rosen’s ability, calling him a franchise QB and saying he was the #1 QB in the draft. I get the news has been slow but that was very sloppy reporting that just perpetuated a BS narrative about Rosen.

  8. I really think that the media makes more out of the importance to maintain the protocol and codes of coachspeak than it should.

    Mora, I gather, was just talkin’ out loud about Rosen in an honest way. So he wasn’t “playing the game” that the guys with the microphones and pencils expect. That doesn’t mean he was deliberately trying to devalue Rosen. It probably just means Mora is a little bit more up in his own head than we all expected, and just said a few things without considering the ramifications. He’s been known to be a little thoughtless before.

  9. When your own coach gives the other guy the vote of confidence, it says more about you than it does the coach.

  10. Thing is, Darnold is even younger than Rosen, comes from the same part of the country and the same background. Undermines whatever logic Mora might have arrived at with his remarks.

  11. steelerdeathstar says:
    April 3, 2018 at 11:46 am
    Jim Mora should just zip it. He’s not doing that kid any favors.

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    Or maybe he is doing him a favor.

  12. silvernblacksabbath says:
    April 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    tylawspick6 says:

    April 3, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Millennials are a problem in every workplace:

    1. Delusional
    2. Entitled
    3. Know It Alls w/little or no experience

    It will be an enormous problem for the NFL’s future.
    ——————————-
    4. You forgot always playing with phone AT WORK.

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    Or even worse, my former company sent out a memo on how to make millenials feel more comfortable in the work place. Some gems were:

    ‘It cannot all be about work’
    ‘They need to be told they are appreciated’
    ‘Criticism of their work, even if constructive, is detrimental to future performance’

  13. This whole “Millennials are spoiled brats” narrative is dumb. They are brats, but not because of their generation. They’re brats because they’re kids and kids always think they know everything. The only difference is 24/7 social media/news exacerbating the behavior that was much more localized pre-internet. Generation X had the same traits, you saw it born in MTV where their behavior was broadcasted to the world. Anyway my point is that kids are brats, some more then others but usually they all grow up in a few years just like I did, just like you did. The next generation will get the same riot act from Millennials.

  14. silvernblacksabbath says:
    April 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    tylawspick6 says:

    April 3, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Millennials are a problem in every workplace:

    1. Delusional
    2. Entitled
    3. Know It Alls w/little or no experience

    It will be an enormous problem for the NFL’s future.
    ——————————-
    4. You forgot always playing with phone AT WORK.

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    My mistake. Yes. I am sure there are more. The best is the lack of knowledge of anything prior to when they were born.

  15. So if Mora sat there and blindly boasted everything about him, people would say he’s a homer and he’s biased and he’s obviously just trying to make his guy look good, etc. But he says something that’s interpreted as slightly critical, and that’s wrong for not blindly boasting his guy and being a homer.

    Seems like no matter what you do or say, people are gonna find a way to be upset about it.

  16. For the ignorant “damn millennials” commenters: Some millennials are 36 already. That’s right. A-A-Ron is a millennial. Hate to break it to you, but we’re already running this world. You’ve been too busy paying attention to 20-year-olds to realize it. I went to the pharmacy the other day, and the pharmacist looked like she graduated high school last summer. Not a tech or assistant, the actual pharmacist. Get used to it, folks.

  17. Mora may be dumb but he isn’t an idiot. He either knows or should know that comments like the ones he made would have a negative effect on the QB.
    The only take-away anyone should get from those comments is that any recruit Mora is in front of in the future should say, “I appreciate to offer coach but I prefer programs that don’t stab players in the back after they leave.”

  18. dabears2485 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 1:49 pm
    For the ignorant “damn millennials” commenters: Some millennials are 36 already. That’s right. A-A-Ron is a millennial. Hate to break it to you, but we’re already running this world. You’ve been too busy paying attention to 20-year-olds to realize it. I went to the pharmacy the other day, and the pharmacist looked like she graduated high school last summer. Not a tech or assistant, the actual pharmacist. Get used to it, folks.

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    Umm, if you’re closer to Gen X, yes the horrendous Millennial traits my not apply to you.

    It’s a generalization, but a very definitive one.

    Hurt feeling, overly-sensitivity and a lack of social skills are also signs of a Millennial.

  19. That sad part is in the not too far future, millennials will be running the country.

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    Y’all are quick to talk noise and point fingers, but quicker to forget who raised us.

  20. Let it go Jimbo! Rosen is a man and he should be able to take constructive criticism like a man. If he can’t then it proves all of those negatives people say about him.

  21. All the above being said, why can’t Mora critique a player if he’s asked the question? Is it taboo now that these babies can’t have their feeling hurt because he gave his opinion. When Rosen responds, IMO, it gives what he says credence.

  22. Hey, I love millenials. They are like Eloi with worse fashion sense. The Fyre Festival was one of my favorite things ever — they actually flew to another country based on nothing but some fraudulent Instagram ads, only to discover it was a sunbaked rock, something even a cursory search on their vaunted “smart” phones would have explained. Then they all panicked and flew back to safety — all the while talking about how the rest of us need to reduce our carbon emissions and about how awful America is. I can’t wait for their next wacky adventure.

  23. Oh yea, same with George W Bush, oh those baby boomers I tell ya, great dudes 👍🏻😂

  24. “That sad part is in the not too far future, millennials will be running the country.”

    They couldn’t possibly do any worse than the angry, bitter old walking bags of greed who are doing so now, who constantly complain that the vast wealth they’ve amassed isn’t enough and they should have many times that vast wealth while most of the people get nothing and like it.

  25. Mora is actually doing him a favor by steering the Browns in a different direction. I am a Clevelander. I don’t care who they draft they would be better off on another team. 0 – 16 speaks for itself. Your Cleveland. You have your starting QB in Taylor, why not draft Barkley 1st over all and let a quality backup to Taylor come to you at#4. This will never happen as it make too much sense.

  26. Amazing how things said are transformed into a hateful narrative instead of obviously the proper context.

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