Stephen A., known for crazy remarks, calls Josh Rosen an ‘idiot’ for remark
In less than 24 hours of being a professional, Josh Rosen has already made a host of notable quotes.
Perhaps his hottest take: “There were nine mistakes made ahead of me. I will make sure over the next decade or so they know they made a mistake.”
Will he regret telling nine teams they made a mistake drafting him? Let’s go to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith for comment.
“Well yes, I do (think so), because I think he’s an idiot,” Smith said. “And I’m going to say it on national television, to this guy who’s supposed to be so intelligent, his IQ is supposed to be off the charts – enough of this already.”
Stephen A. Smith, best known for saying his opinion loudly on ESPN’s First Take with Skip Bayless (and now Max Kellerman), thinks that Rosen is dumb for saying he should have been the first quarterback taken.
Smith later clarified that he’s “not calling him an idiot literally, of course he’s a smart young man.”
“I’m calling him idiotic, rather, because you are walking into the National Football League, going up against men,” he said.
So, to backtrack: Smith doesn’t think Rosen is an idiot. You can calm down, Arizona.
Smith simply thinks Rosen is idiotic.
The ESPN analyst is concerned with Rosen’s durability. In 2016, Rosen injured his shoulder and missed half the season. In 2017, he suffered two concussions and missed the Cactus Bowl. UCLA cited injury, though he wanted to play.
Smith addressed Rosen directly:
“Let me ask you a question, Josh Rosen: When somebody knocks you upside your head or caves your chest in to the point where you’re gasping for air because a grown man put you down, what does that have to do with anything? What are you going to do then?”
He means that there’s a big difference between facing college and professional athletes. Guys in the NFL are bigger, faster and stronger than any other level of competition. Rosen will have to adjust, or he may not last long in the league, especially with his history of injuries.
Smith warned him that he needs to bulk up and watch out for defenders as he throws.
“He looks like he needs to be in a weight room just as much as me, and then on top of it all, you’re going into the NFL … they have a license to assault you!” Smith said. “So even if you’re flinging passes, you could still get knocked upside the head after you release the ball.”
That’s right, even though contact after the throw is illegal, it still happens in the NFL. Rosen needs to be careful of this.
Smith acknowledged that he had no worries about Rosen’s ability to play football, simply his durability. He could get concussed again against the grown men in the NFL.
“You’re chirping already?” Smith exclaimed loudly. “It is stupid and he needs to be quiet.”