New York Jets former quarterback Ken O’Brien likes Josh Rosen

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Josh Rosen (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Josh Rosen (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

New York Jets former quarterback Ken O’Brien endorses Josh Rosen.

They say sports go in cycles. For the New York Jets, the quest for a franchise quarterback has been one extended cycle that has gone on for multiple decades. We all know they are deciding upon their latest potential franchise quarterback as we speak. Back in 1983 the Jets were in the market for a franchise quarterback among a big quarterback class, similar to the situation this year.

Ken O’Brien knows what it is like to be the next in line to lead the Jets. As a first round pick in 1983 he understands that type of spotlight. This gives him perspective to talk about what it might be like for a guy like Josh Rosen, who he has watched play extensively. Being that they are both from Manhattan Beach, California, seeing Rosen live has been easy.

O’Brien liked what he saw, dating back to Rosen’s earlier days:

"I watched him in high school, O’Brien told ESPN’s Rich Cimini. He can spin it. He’s one of the more natural guys throwing the ball. When the ball comes out of his hand, it jumps out of his hand."

For anyone that has seen footage on Rosen it is hard to argue with this observation. Josh Rosen throws the football like a guy who could step into the starting lineup of an NFL team tomorrow.

He also hasn’t heard any evidence of the current rumors that Rosen is a bad teammate. O’Brien has stayed plugged in and hasn’t heard any of the rumors swirling about Rosen to be true.

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This is par for the course when it comes to top picks. It is especially true when it comes to top quarterback picks. When Dan Marino came out of college in 1983 as part of the same class as Ken O’Brien, he was a victim. Marino would have never been available to the Dolphins had it not been for unfounded drug rumors that were out there prior to the draft.

Josh Rosen is a top-flight quarterback prospect. To hear the endorsement of a previously successful New York quarterback doesn’t hurt.