Josh Rosen is an “alpha” and “that dude”

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Quarterback Josh Rosen has prompted a ton of scrutiny in advance of the draft. Not for what he does on the field, but for the things he says.

During a recent visit to PFT Live/#PFTPM, Rosen said some interesting things about what he believes his No. 1 attribute to be.

“I think I’m an alpha personality,” Rosen said. “I think I’m that dude. I think I’m gonna go into a locker room. I’m obviously gonna know my place. I’m gonna work my butt off. I’m gonna earn the respect of my teammates first. But as time moves on and I turn more into that leadership role I think I will hold guys accountable. I will hold myself accountable. I’m gonna be that dude that at the end of the season when the game’s on the line and you look your teammates in the eye you can promise them and assure them that you are gonna go down the field and score a touchdown.”

In a locker room full of alpha personalities, some may resist Rosen’s plan to come in and take over. So how will he deal with the guys who resist?

“The alpha guy doesn’t actually necessarily mean you’re talking,” Rosen said. “It just means you carry yourself like it. When people look at you they know what they’re getting. They know that you’re doing the right thing at all times. With regards to different personalities, I think that’s why leadership is a progression over time.

“People are asking me through the process like, ‘What’s your leadership style?’ You can’t just go out and say, ‘I’m gonna give motivational speeches before every game,’ because there’s not like one single brush stroke that you can just push over everything. It takes time and effort. You have to get to know your teammates. In college it took over three years to develop some of these relationships. They need to understand how invested you are so that once it comes down to those crucial moments in a season, when you say something it comes from a place of understanding and respect for how much I have put in the offseason. . . .

“You have to know how guys respond. Some guys might need a kick in the butt. Some guys might be super-self critical and they need some encouragement. Every relationship is unique. It’s messy. It takes time. There’s not an end-all-be-all trick you can do. There’s not some pretty answer you can throw out there for a team. It just takes time and effort. You have to get to know a person and you have to understand if that person is willing to put in that effort to become a leader. I can say with full conviction that I am that guy. When I say ‘A’ type personality that’s what I mean. The fact that I’m gonna be that gel in the room that relates guys on the team that have nothing to relate to because I’m gonna be doing the right things at all time.”

It all sounds very good. The challenge for Rosen will be to pull it off once he lands with an NFL team and finds himself inside a locker room, putting these concepts into action and making the connections necessary to truly lead a franchise as a franchise quarterback.

For the full 13-minute interview with Rosen, check out the video accompanying this blurb.

61 responses to “Josh Rosen is an “alpha” and “that dude”

  1. Well, if he’s Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, or Dan Marino, and can do superhuman things with a football, that will fly.

    If not, if he’s a twerp that plays like Trent Dilfer, the PROs in this League will laugh him out of the huddle and out of football.

  2. I will care about what Josh Rosen has to say if the Broncos draft him which is who I think the Broncos will take. Otherwise he’s Von Miller’s problem.

  3. I get the feeling that if there is a Ryan Leaf in this draft, it’s Rosen. Hope I’m wrong – wouldn’t wish that road on anyone.

  4. Can’t say I watched him a lot in College but from a human/relationship perspective, I think he handled the question(s) really well actually.

  5. Josh Rosen tries way too hard to definitively answer his critics. If he was really going to let his work and demeanor do the talking, then he’d let his work and demeanor do the talking and shut his yap.

    Last thing I want to hear is someone telling me he’s an alpha dog… Sheesh.

  6. I’m not buying it. He’s only desperate to increase his draft position so he can get more money. I think this guy will be a total bust. He’s injury-prone, immature and thin-skinned. Those traits don’t translate well in the NFL.

  7. Watched the video and have to say that I liked what I heard. If he can walk the talk and become the team-first guy, as he is projecting in the video, then he will have the right mindset to compete and will have the support of his teammates.

  8. whenwilliteverend says:
    April 25, 2018 at 10:38 am
    I’m not buying it. He’s only desperate to increase his draft position so he can get more money. I think this guy will be a total bust. He’s injury-prone, immature and thin-skinned. Those traits don’t translate well in the NFL.
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    Yet for some reason, people will defend the immature, thin-skinned Baker Mayfield?

  9. I think Rosen is going to be a great QB for whoever picks him. I also think his arrogance is going to land him in the “ concussion protocol” throughout the season.

  10. At this point I blame his agent. What Rosen has needed the entire process is somebody to tell him to say less.

  11. Josh Rosen: “I’m gonna come in, learn my place, earn the respect of my teammates, work my butt off, and gradually ease myself into a leadership role by holding myself and my teammates accountable.”

    PFT Commenters: “D bag!!!” “bust!!”

  12. Alpha males don’t announce their status that’s for others to decide. This guy just rubs me the wrong way but it’s interesting that others like what he is saying. IMO, mommy with her connections can hook you up with the best pr department and prep you to say the things that people want to hear but the end of the day, you have to show it on the field. We will see but I’m not a fan, he is an intelligent guy but he has this White Goodman aura of “I’m better than you and I know it” and I think if he struggles that will be a major problem for him.

  13. Hmmm, I seem to recall Jay Culter claiming, to a Denver sports reporter, that HE had a stronger arm than John Elway.
    Rosen comes across more and more like Culter everyday. However, he is not as tough as Culter.

  14. Alpha was a poor choice of wording. Too many interpret that as “alpha male” or “in charge,” when it may mean something completely else. All this means is that the kid needs to work on improving his ability to articulate his ideas.

    If he truly meant “alpha male” then I think he just lost his 52 teammates before he even met them. Having said that, I doubt most people knows what alpha means or that it can’t simply be earned or given to someone. Genetics plays a role.

  15. ryann252013 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 11:03 am
    Josh Rosen: “I’m gonna come in, learn my place, earn the respect of my teammates, work my butt off, and gradually ease myself into a leadership role by holding myself and my teammates accountable.”

    PFT Commenters: “D bag!!!” “bust!!”

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    I agree with you Ryan. First thing he said is he’s coming in to work his butt off first and EARN the respect and the role. All he’s saying is that he is geared toward leadership.

  16. usually the more someone talks about 1 thing over and over they know they are lying and are trying over excessively to get others to believe that lie…. MAJOR RED FLAG!

  17. andrewluck12 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 10:20 am
    Anyone who says they’re an “alpha” is automatically a dbag

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    I simply disagree. This guy has been asked about his leadership by every franchise he has visited with.

    He gave his honest answer, which is, in other words, that he has the personality required to handle being the QB, face of franchise, and leader of 52 other massive, intense and strong willed men.

    I have no issue with that…

  18. All this hype. Most of these guys will be on the bench this year. Many will not make it in the NFL. It’s all done to get ratings and money for the NFL. Thats’ o.k. but Goodell, Mr. “PC” now has a cheer leader problem, a protesting problem, a Kaepernick collusion problem, a Charger ‘relocation’ problem and a concussion settlement problem… Goodell will be booed off the stage tomorrow night. Jerry Jones was right.

  19. I like him, mayfield, darnold and even allen now. The more you watch nfl netowrk and espn about these guys they’re all great. Jeez!!! I think they all could be, and obviuosly they could all flop. Of course, as always, just hoping with all I’ve got my team gets it right, for the first time since 1965.

  20. I don’t like the guy but he has what it takes on the field to be a franchise QB more than any of these other guys who have obvious flaws in their game. The biggest criticisms of him are his personality, not his inaccuracy, turnovers, or mechanics.

  21. aarons444 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 10:18 am
    Well, if he’s Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, or Dan Marino, and can do superhuman things with a football, that will fly.

    If not, if he’s a twerp that plays like Trent Dilfer, the PROs in this League will laugh him out of the huddle and out of football.

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    Trent Dilfer has as many SB victories as both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. I guess that makes those two guys “twerps” as well.

  22. Don’t have to tell this guy i already know by watching you play you are the best an in this class of and its not as close as these talking heads wanna make it seem. Everyone will say in a couple years they knew he was the best coming out just how much hypocrites we as a society really are. They has been a ton of an with awful attitudes just pick one Marino, Montana,Brady,cam Newton are are all examples of and with lousy attitudes it goes with the territory. I am a full believer in josh Rosen as franchise qb.

  23. All of these collegiate QB’s, except for Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson , talk a lot of smack for having done nothing in the NFL!

  24. Funny reading some of the Beta commenters claim Alphas don’t announce themselves…sure they do… every successful hip hop entertainer is an Alpha…and all they do is repeat their name 20 times and tell you how successful they are before the entertainment ends…

  25. Too many posters are focusing on one or two words in the entire article/response instead of taking in everything he said. First, it’s refreshing that a player can articulate in full sentences and not give glory and praise to the almighty in every response. Second, being self aware of your personality is very easy, especially these days when you can take all matter of personality tests to verify what you already know. Third, you aren’t successful at QB if you ARE NOT an Alpha personality. You have to command 11 men during intensely stressful situations for long periods of time every single week. Meek individuals rarely engender confidence in other strong personalities as would be common on college or nfl teams.

  26. Now that I mention it, Rosen does look a lot like Alfalfa a few years on. Give him a hair spike and he could star in the Little Rascals remake, Big Rascals.

  27. One thing for sure. If one is, indeed, a leader, it is something he/she cannot explain to the multitudes. An extraordinarily valuable trait is lost, or severely diminished. HUMILITY

  28. As General Patton proved (likewise Ike) love or hate has little to do with success. The locker room, board room et al must respect the leader. Neither love nor hate has much to do with the amount of respect generaterd.

  29. Trent Dilfer has as many SB victories as both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. I guess that makes those two guys “twerps” as well.
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    No.

    Just that their teams weren’t very good.

    Shame they all can’t play for Bill Belichick.

  30. Those who call themselves Alphas tend to be Betas.
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    If you have to tell me how great you are, I’ll assume you’re a little man without much ‘hardware’….

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