- Sep 17, 2012
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First and foremost, if Flores and Chad O'Shea are good evaluators they will certainly be able to see what Rosen is about based on his performance in practice and in class. Beyond that -- I'm sure they would prefer to get him some live bullet action next season but I don't see them being overly aggressive about that -- in fact I see the opposite. They're going to be conservative in the process, which IMO is also (by far) the BEST WAY to groom a young QB prospect as opposed to throwing him to the wolves.The problem is they have to play Rosen this season to see what they have in him. They need to know if he can be a franchise type QB by the end of the season. If they feel that he won't be, they will probably draft a QB in the 1st round next year. They don't have time to wait and find out down the road.
Rumor has it this O is very demanding on the QB -- from a mental and functional perspective. That's all the more reason to take your time (because we're NOT winning the SB this upcoming season) and allow Rosen to get really comfortable in the system and PROVE in practice he's ready for live bullets. Testing the new product too early will only accomplish a set back IMO -- and potentially damage the merchandise.
Last, regardless of what Rosen shows or doesn't show in live action next season, that will not preclude our taking another QB in 2020. And if somehow Rosen masters the O quickly and demonstrates some serious results in the season (and I'm thinking a back-end sample of 6 games should be sufficient for that determination along with excellent, consistent practice results) we will have "significant options" for our expected high draft position.
I'm just going to say it again -- this upcoming season is purely developmental and there's no rush to prove the process at this point. And based on what I think Rosen is all about at this point in his career -- he's NOT READY to prove he's a vaunted "franchise QB" at this point. Gotta give it some time.
And I'm sure that "fact" bothers me as much as it bothers you. I was not pulling for the trade but now that it's done I sure hope we handle the process intelligently and don't force things.