Josh Rosen has a two-week audition for 2021 with the 49ers

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With two years of guaranteed pay remaining on his 2018 rookie deal, quarterback Josh Rosen opted for stability in Tampa Bay after being cut by the Dolphins. Now, Rosen has chosen a chance to audition for a potential job in 2021.

The 49ers’ quarterback position has landed in short-term chaos, with only one healthy quarterback on the roster. By accepting a spot on the roster, Rosen gets an opportunity to impress coach Kyle Shanahan — along with a possible job with the team next season.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Rosen declined multiple other opportunities to leave Tampa’s practice squad for a 53-man roster. The San Francisco offer was, in Rosen’s view, the right one to accept.

Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard will become free agents in March. Jimmy Garoppolo could be gone. Although it’s a stretch to think Rosen would start, he could earn a spot on the depth chart. If Garoppolo stays, there’s a good chance he’ll get injured again, giving the backup a chance to play.

Rosen has had a rough ride since 2018, but he’s still only 23 years old. There’s plenty of football in front of him, if he finds a place where he can develop and grow.

San Francisco can be that play for Rosen is he realizes right away that his best move will be to learn the offense intimately and to run the plays exactly the way coach Kyle Shanahan want them to be executed, with no freelancing or deviation or anything other than following the predetermined path for the O’s when lined up against the X’s.

39 responses to “Josh Rosen has a two-week audition for 2021 with the 49ers

  1. was excited to see if he could climb the ranks in Tampa with their qb coach brain trust…
    guess it wasn’t meant to be…

  2. If he can’t make it with Shanahan, on a team with a solid run game and defense, in a warm weather division that has three other solid teams but no perennial bully a la the Packers, Steelers, or (formerly) Patriots… well then he’ll probably never make it and it wasn’t meant to be. I personally don’t care for him but I also don’t care to watch bad quarterbacking and I’ve seen way too much of that across the league this year… so if it clicks for him with the Niners, great.

  3. People praise the 9ers and Rams for the same thing they should ultimately be criticized for. Their offenses work when they guess right and the blocking and players execute to the T, the problem occurs when timing is off or a block is missed, players are so used to execution and scheme that when it breaks down they simply panic and fail. Garrapolo was a quick decision maker when he left the Pats. He was asked to think and make decisions, now he is specifically directed like a robot, to do precise things and when its not there he is immediately prone to failure. Same for Goff. Coming out of college you could see Goff was just cracking his potential with his pocket awareness and decision making. Now McVay makes all of his decisions and when the play breaks down everyone says Goff sucks. They are right. McVay doesnt ask Goff to be special, same in the way Shanahan doesnt ask Garrapolo to be special. They ask them to do specific things and be actors in the play, not to write the play. So in the same way they have been asked to execute to perfection inside the scheme, their personal growth and development has been limited by the scheme. Garrapolo and Goff could be more for other teams and yet Shanahan and McVay could plug in just about any players to their schemes and get similar success. Double edged swords.

  4. Every team he’s been with has experienced success after he left. I see what you did there San Francisco.

  5. At this rate Rosen will have been on every NFL team in some capacity within 5 years. Maybe when he said that “teams would pay” he actually meant pay his contract.

  6. At least the niners aren’t giving up a number one or number two pick like the Cardinals and Dolphins.

  7. Nobody who is on the practice squad declines an opportunity to join another teams active roster unless they are completely arrogant … which might be the case with Rosen.

  8. Hopefully he does enough to keep his NFL dream alive. Imagine being drafted #10 overall in 2018 and being out of the league before 2021.

  9. How about Winston who is doing nothing but holding a clip board down in N.O.
    After all whats a 30-30 something record

  10. Define “plenty of football in front of him,” because I can all but guarantee him and I, sitting here at my computer, both have the same amount of NFL starts left

  11. It seems like over half the league knew this kid was a bust due to the work ethic & preparation required to be a quality NFL QB before he was even drafted, the other half got conned because he has natural talent. Would be interesting to see what happens if he does ever get it together on the mental side of playing QB in the NFL.

  12. It is true that both Beathard and Mullens will be free agents next year, but there is a difference. Beathard is a UFA next year and is probably gone while Mullens will be a RFA and is probably back.

  13. I honestly wish the guy the best of luck. I think he got a crap situation in Arizona, and then was put in a bad spot in Miami. As a Bills fan I was hoping he’d work out in Miami and we’d have a fun rivalry of two QB’s taken in the same draft going head to head for years to come. That didn’t work out, but I still hope the guy gets an opportunity to succeed now that he’s on an active roster. Somehow I don’t think he’ll get that chance in SF either, but we’ll see!

  14. Hoping it works out for him . Considering all that has transpired with his career that was beyond his control yet he never complained and just kept working . Now he has a great opportunity going back home with a team that has a clear need at the QB position .

  15. As a Bucs fan, I wanted to see him get it together and take over for Brady after he goes (in another 3-4 years!!).

  16. I don’t think it’s fair or possible to predict that Garroppolo will have another serious injury if he returns to SF. Injuries are about luck.

    Rosen was seen by the NFL and pundits as a top QB prospect when he was drafted. AZ and MIA did nothing to develop him so there’s no reason to believe he doesn’t have a future, if I team wants to actually treat him as a young QB and not someone to trot out onto the field as a sacrificial victim.

    Give the kid a chance. Or don’t. But clearly he was rated as having talent. Just because two hapless franchises bungled his development doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a future.

  17. “yet Shanahan and McVay could plug in just about any players to their schemes and get similar success. Double edged swords.”

    What kind of results does Shanahan get with Mullens and Beathard? Shanahan’s lack of trust in Jimmy G says more about Shanahan than it does about Jimmy G. Jimmy wins, without him Shanahan loses. Loses lots.

  18. AFW AFW says:
    December 23, 2020 at 10:01 am
    I don’t think it’s fair or possible to predict that Garroppolo will have another serious injury if he returns to SF. Injuries are about luck.

    Rosen was seen by the NFL and pundits as a top QB prospect when he was drafted. AZ and MIA did nothing to develop him so there’s no reason to believe he doesn’t have a future, if I team wants to actually treat him as a young QB and not someone to trot out onto the field as a sacrificial victim.

    Give the kid a chance. Or don’t. But clearly he was rated as having talent. Just because two hapless franchises bungled his development doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a future.

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    Good post up to the last line. Two “Hapless Franchises”?? Arizona chose Kyler Murray and are currently in the race for the playoffs, Miami chose Tua Tagovailoa and are also in the hunt for the playoffs. Clearly BOTH teams made the right choice for their future. I feel bad for Rosen and wish him all the luck in the world but you’re off base with your assessment of the two teams that let him go.

  19. Two weeks? Outside of in a vanilla pre-season offense vs vanilla defenses, what could a brand-new off-the-street QB possibly do in two weeks unless they’re extremely familiar with a similar system? I’ll tell you what: hold the clipboard, wear the headset, and run scout team in practice.

  20. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    December 23, 2020 at 10:22 am
    Fill in the blank: If you have 4 QB’s, then you have ___ QB’s.
    ————————————————-

    Oh! Oh! I know this one! What is ZERO QB’s?

  21. Rosen was not very good at UCLA and suffered multiple concussions there. He has been very bad in the NFL. Just compare him and the oft-injured Tua vs. Fitzie in Miami.
    Fitzie got benched for Tua and the wins kept coming. Rosen got benched for Fitzie and they finally won a game. Rosen is not a pro.

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