Louis Riddick has become one of ESPN’s more opinionated analysts, and took dead aim at the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins in a tweet about Josh Rosen
Riddick, a former NFL executive, tweeted Sunday that Rosen has been “set up to fail” in the league by being with the Cardinals and Dolphins.
Arizona drafted the former UCLA star 10th overall in 2018 and traded him after one season to Miami where he was unable to win the starting job over Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Cardinals traded Rosen to Miami for a second-round pick (62nd overall) they used to pick wide receiver Andy Isabella, and a 2020 fifth-round pick. Rosen looked to become a starter in Miami, but lost the competition to the veteran Fitzpatrick.
When popular Philadelphia radio personality Mike Missanelli tweeted for Riddick to “chill” and projected Rosen will start within four games, Riddick responded that Rosen hasn’t been set up to succeed.
Riddick was a scout for the Eagles in 2008, assistant director of pro personnel in 2009, and director of pro personnel from 2010-13. Bet they’ve crossed paths once or twice
Then Riddick took issue with a fan calling Rosen “trash” in a tweet.
Rosen threw for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on 55.2 completion percentage in 14 games (13 starts) with the Cardinals last season as a rookie.
He was sacked 45 times.
Arizona fired Steve Wilks after going 3-13 in his first season, hired Kliff Kingsbury and drafted Kyler Murray first overall in the 2019 draft, thus making Rosen expendable.
In the preseason, Rosen threw for more yards (352 to 156), completed more passes (28 to 17) and completed a higher percentage of passes (62.2 to 53.1%) than Fitzpatrick, but threw an interception and was sacked five times.
“I think I’ve just got to play football like I know how to play football,” Rosen said, via CBS Sports. “In our discussion when (Coach Flores) told me ‘Fitz’ (Fitzpatrick) was going to get the job, he told me that I’ve made a lot of really good, steady upward progress. I think it’s only time that this team is mine, but until then I’m going to be as supportive a backup as I can, and like I said, push him every single day.”
Riddick then proceeded to further make his point by asking if rookie Jarrett Stidham would have played as well as he did had Miami drafted him. The former Auburn quarterback has been named backup to Tom Brady as New England cut Brian Hoyer.