Josh Rosen of UCLA attends Steve Clarkson's 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
3:08 PM 04/16/2018
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosens big personality and politics might be hurting him with NFL teams.
Bleacher Report published a long profile on Rosen and the questions surrounding them. They wrote in part about Rosen compared to other high profile quarterbacks who arent vocal:
They didnt wear a “F–k Trump” hat to one of the then-presidential candidates golf courses. They didnt pose for a picture in a hot tub theyd installed in their dorm room. They didnt blast UCLA and the NCAA after the Bruins signed a marketing deal with Under Armour.
Said one executive, “Thats all funny when youre not getting 50 people fired if you miss on a quarterback. The last thing we need is the face of our team tweeting about the president when were on a losing streak.”
This is not overly surprising, but its getting exhausting following all the potential problems with Rosen. He gets ripped because his parents have a little bit of money, and hes getting ripped for being political. I understand the criticism over him being vocal. The criticism over money is and always will be absurd.
NFL teams invest millions of dollars into their starting quarterbacks. They are not eager to take on a lot of risk, and having a vocal quarterback can be a potential problem. Now, its important to recognize that you can get away with a lot more when youre talented, which Rosen most certainly is.
Rosen is also very smart, and youd have to be an idiot to be tweeting about the president during a losing streak. Once again, here I am having to defend Rosen from the nonstop barrage of attacks against him. I was neutral on this guy a year ago, and now Im all in.