MIA stole Rosen.
Rosen was the first QB the Cards drafted in a decade where I was like "WOW! Can't believe they got him!"
Now, he got shipped off due to Steve Keim's ineptitude. He fell in love with a 5'10" QB where most of his highlights came against Big12 defenses. In a lot of clips, you can see Kyler playing pitch and catch with a WR who is 3 steps beyond his defender on a consistent basis.
Fast forward to the OK/Bama game: Kyler got shut down like a Chipotle restaurant in the summer. He couldn't make his usual "option" highlight where he speeds by much slower defenders. Kyler's defenders will say he brought Bama back in the game (esp. quoting his stats), but they fail to remember Bama was up 21 at half and Bama was in cruise control the rest of the game. His performance in that game was a lot like AZ's in Jake Plummer - they'd be down 28 at half, and he'd get all his stats because the defenses kept playing prevent in the 2H.
Enough about the future draft bust Kyler and hopefully soon-to-be gone Keim. He has showed his true colors and he is Rod Graves incarnated. Let's talk about Rosen.
Rosen has the prototype size and arm you'd want in a QB. In fact, his arm strength is amazing; when he first started, you could tell a difference in ball speed as he launches the ball like a rocket. In fact, his strongest/fastest throws reminded me of Favre when he was trying to thread a needle. For those that are too young to remember Favre, think of that pass button in Madden where if you hold it down, it makes a straight line but the ball travels faster. That is Rosen. If you blinked, you'd see that the ball was already in the WR's hands.
You might be thinking - man, he probably is inaccurate. Yea, I'm sure that's the impression given his QB rating, and some "lowlight" clips shown in one or two minute snippets describing the Cards last year. What you don't see or don't know about is that he is pretty accurate with the ball. What you also probably didn't see in these one/two minute snippets are the AZ WRs constantly dropping his balls last year. The AZ WRs were horrendous last season.
One other intangible that Rosen showed last year as a NFL player is that he has the ability to rally a team in crunch time. After all, we all know that feeling when the NFL/college team you support is down by X amount with 2 mins left in the game, and you're like "damn. They're going to blow it (or lose)." That is definitely not the case with Rosen. He has that "it" factor where you know there is a chance he can lead a team to victory when the game is on the line. I assure you he is way ahead in this department than most QBs in this league. This is something that cannot be coached; either a QB has it or he doesn't, and he definitely has it.
In all, Rosen has everything you want in a QB: Brains, arm, accuracy, ice in his veins come crunch time, and not a complete stiff in the pocket. Yet dumb dumb Keim thought an undersized QB who played in a weak defensive conference would be better than what Rosen can do behind the worst OL and WR corps in the league.
Anyways, I'm totally jealous of MIA. You all got a franchise QB on the cheap. History will prove this was Keim's dumbest moment, sending AZ back to 80s/90s with his Rod Graves-like drafting and roster maneuvering.