Cardinals G.M.: Josh Rosen is our QB “right now, for sure”

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The Cardinals had a big roll-out earlier this offseason, getting owner Michael Bidwill and new coach Kliff Kingsbury to sing the praises of incumbent quarterback Josh Rosen.

And in a moment at the Scouting Combine, General Manager Steve Keim may have undone their best efforts.

“Is Josh Rosen our quarterback?” Keim told reporters. “Yeah, he is right now. For sure.”

The Cardinals, as you might remember, have the top pick in this year’s draft, and before he took the job, Kingsbury said he’d take Kyler Murray with the first choice if he had the chance.

But once he got to Arizona, he had to try to jam the toothpaste back in the tube, which led him to say last year’s first-rounder had the “keys to the castle.”

Rosen might just be renting, as Keim’s comments are far from suggesting that he owns the place.

15 responses to “Cardinals G.M.: Josh Rosen is our QB “right now, for sure”

  1. Give him a chance with a new coaching staff. If he still struggles then go all in for Tua in the next draft.

  2. That’s quite an endorsement.

    I guess the better question is, if Arizona rolls the dice on Kyler Murray, what would AZ expect back in a Josh Rosen trade?

  3. “Is Josh Rosen our quarterback?” Keim told reporters. “Yeah, he is right now. For sure.”

    That could change from minute to minute. I thought going into last year’s draft that both Rosen and Darnold were over-rated and would turn out to be mediocre at best. Rosen may turn out to be bust. His numbers when he played last season were unremarkable. 11 TDs and 14 INTs is more like Blake Bortles but at least he has thrown for a ton of yards. Rosen averaged 162 passing yards per game. If you’re happy with him as your QB then you’re going to be happy picking in the top five every year.

  4. Keim, You should NOT be the GM right now….for sure. If you didn’t have a 20 year friendship with the owner you would’ve been fired for all the failed draft picks and attempting to build a team through free agency.

  5. Well, technically, he’s not lying as Rosen is currently their QB.

    Regarding the comments from Kliff – I’m curious what GM would put his job on the line based on the talent evaluation from a coach who couldn’t actually win games at the college level?

  6. Two things:
    1. Draft time, that period when the truth is harder to find in the NFL than in political campaigns.
    2. As a GM, I would draft a qb every year. As unpredictable as draft grades are, occasionally a qb drafted in a late round tuns out to be a diamond in disguise. (6th rd=Brady)

  7. I would guess Keim is trying to get teams interested in trading for their pick and acquire a lot of draft picks. I believe they will stick with Rosen and his comments are more for letting teams know if you want Murray, you better make us an offer.

  8. 2. As a GM, I would draft a qb every year. As unpredictable as draft grades are, occasionally a qb drafted in a late round tuns out to be a diamond in disguise. (6th rd=Brady)

    Tempting, and it worked out pretty well with the Cousins/Griffin situation too. Cousins turned out to be the better long-term play, yet was the lower pick. The only reason why teams don’t do this every year is it’ll tick off your starting QBs every year.

  9. Smoke screen to get a QB needy team to trade up so the Cardinals can trade down. No one gives up on a top 10 QB pick after his rookie season. They will give him another chance.

  10. Not exactly a vote of confidence for Josh Rosen by Keim. It’s like saying what is currently on our roster, he’s the Cards best choice. That could be a true statement. Kingsbury is a QB whisperer. Kliff has a tendency to get the most out of his QB’s. I read Keim’s statement as he’ll let Kingsbury work with Rosen, then see. There is a better, possibly deeper QB class next year in the draft. Then there is this years draft. Who drafts a QB this year, and who becomes available as a result. You could see a change in backups if the Cards feel Glennon can’t step in and get the job done. It make sense to have a back up plan for Rosen. Then draft a QB next year. You need alternative plans in case something doesn’t work. This has not been a strong suit by the Cards brass in the past.

  11. You never show your cards. If you know the team drafting #1 isn’t taking your guy why would you trade with them and not a team picking later?

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