Cardinals QB Josh Rosen opens up: 'I definitely understand the situation'
If Josh Rosen needs a reminder of what people are saying about him, all the Cardinals quarterback needs to do is what the montage of the first 20 seconds of Sports Illustrated's video feature on him. It cuts from talkshow to talkshow, all speculating on what the Cardinals will do with the first pick of the draft.
The full episode of SITV's "24 Hours With" series was posted Thursday morning, with Rosen retweeting three of the tweets pretty quickly. Rosen has not been made available during the Cardinals' voluntary offseason workouts, so the 14-minute video is the most we've heard from him since the season ended. While the crux of the episode is Rosen hanging out with his friends, he does divulge some of how he's feeling these days, after last season and ahead of the draft.
"I think the season probably went as poorly as it could possibly go. But within that, I had an unbelievable time," Rosen says toward the end of the show. "I think when people talk about 'You can't listen to criticism,' or 'Don't ever read articles' — You have to be aware of what's going on to a certain extent. So I definitely understand the situation. I mean it's annoying, but is what it is, football's a business, and I definitely respect the higher ups and their decisions."
But before all that, it starts in typical Rosen fashion: After finishing up offseason classes at UCLA as he works toward his degree, Rosen decides he's going to take a few of his buddies in an RV to see the Grand Canyon.
That sentence alone checks a lot of the boxes when it comes to Rosen's day-to-day demeanor. He's laidback, he wants to hang out with his friends while mixing in some big-picture discussions, and he loves nature and environmental activism. Rosen wanted to explore Arizona and see the Grand Canyon since "it's the state's pride."
He talks about how "humbling" it is to see one of the wonders of the world, but is also quoting movies. "You guys wanna see me throw a football over those mountains?" Rosen jokes, a nod to the cult classic "Napoleon Dynamite."
They play cards. One friend wears a bucket hat. Rosen asks them about their college experience — what's it really like being a student-athlete? He talks about his plans for student-athletes to get paid, rattling them off, and how he came to it. They play football in the parking lot. A few times Rosen talks about how the sport have informed his views on topics where he's more outspoken.
"That's like why I love this game so much. Because of the game itself, but also because of what it has taught me and what it has exposed me to," Rosen said. "I've learned so much about the way different people from different cultures live."
Based on Rosen's Instagram, the team rolled through the Grand Canyon in late March. Speculation has only ramped up since then.
The draft is set for next Thursday. While the rumors swirl until then, Rosen is trying to let go of what he can't control.
"I think the best advice I've ever gotten, from so many different people is 'Control what you can control,' " Rosen said. "And whatever decisions are made, it's my duty to prove them right if they keep me, and prove them wrong if they ship me off."