As years go by and the New England Patriots continue winning championships , the inevitable continues to inch closer and closer to the greatest quarterback to play the game hanging up the cleats and leaving the team with Goliath like shoes to fill. Many speculate that the New England Patriots will have to use the draft to raise a quarterback under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and groom this quarterback over the last of years in Brady’s career. Contrary to that belief, the heir of the throne may already be in the league.
With Kliff Kingsbury taking the head coaching job in Arizona came words, not too long before, following with him. Coach Kingsbury not only comes in as the newest head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, but also the #1 draft pick in the NFL draft. Before taking the position he was asked about this year’s Heisman, Kyler Murray, and he responded by saying, “Kyler is a freak… I would take him with the first pick of the draft if I could.” With Kyler Murray declaring for the draft and seeing that Josh Rosen did not have the most splendid of starts to a career, could it be in the cards that Kingsbury would be open to trade his current quarterback? Kingsbury has declared that the Cardinals are committed to Rosen being there quarterback going on, but would a late first round, or early second round pick, and possibly one of the Patriots three third round picks be enough for Kingsbury to let Rosen go and take Murray in?
Many may say that they would not want Rosen due to the fact that he did not have a good rookie year and did not lead his team well throughout the course of the year, but by far Rosen could be the best fit for the job. With 13 games as a starter under his belt Rosen has seen what starting in NFL actually like and would have time under a veteran quarterback, Tom Brady, and proven coaches in Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels to work himself into a system where he could become a successful quarterback of the future for New England. Interestingly, before entering the draft Rosen was on the Patriots draft board, but even more, another elite quarterback of the league took a liking to Rosen being Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers took Rosen under his wing by mentoring him before the 2018 NFL draft took place. Taking Rosen would make for a very similar situation Rodgers started with, being under Brett Favre for the first three years in Green Bay before acquiring the starting quarterback position. With Rosen just turning 22 this month, in three years where Tom Brady has said would be the latest he would retire Josh Rosen would be only 25 years old being the same age as his former mentor when he took the starting position in Green Bay.
If Josh Rosen was to in a hypothetical world be dealt to the New England Patriots, with a grain of salt, could realistically be a great fit as Tom Brady’s predecessor as starting quarterback to keep the drive alive towards a bright and successful future.