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Kliff Kingsbury's Call to Josh Rosen Ahead of Kyler Murray Draft Pick Was Very Awkward

Max Staley
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Just a season ago, the Arizona Cardinals traded away a host of assets to draft former UCLA star quarterback Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick and proclaimed him their franchise quarterback. But that vision came tumbling down when Arizona took Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

While moving on from Josh Rosen was always going to be an awkward transition once the writing was on the wall, Cardinals' first-time NFL head coach Kliff Kingsbury's call to Rosen took things to a whole new level.

Appearing on the "Rich Eisen Show," Rosen revealed the Cardinals didn't exactly have a succession plan in place after the pick was made.

After dealing with trade rumors for months on end, Rosen learned the Cardinals were, in fact, taking Murray with the first pick, and Kingsbury apparently had no idea what the next step was. It almost sounds like a breakup without pulling the bandaid off.

As if that wasn't enough, Rosen told Rich Eisen that he hadn't heard from Cardinals' general manager Steve Keim in months, and he also mentioned the two still haven't spoken. That's a little ridiculous, especially since Keim traded Rosen to the Miami Dolphins just a day after the first round of this year's NFL Draft.

An Irish exit might be a great way to leave a party, but it's a terrible way to move on from a supposed franchise QB. To his credit, Rosen handled the news well and shared a classy goodbye to the organization on his Twitter.

While Rosen's handling of this situation seemingly speaks volumes about his future as an NFL quarterback, we certainly can't say the same about the way Arizona handled this transition.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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