Josh Rosen needs to improve his accuracy and anticipation to be useful to the Cleveland Browns: Movie review
CLEVELAND, Ohio — With the Deshaun Watson situation still up in the air, the Browns have signed former first-round quarterback Josh Rosen to add some much-needed depth to Cleveland’s quarterback position. The 10th pick in the 2018 draft threw for 2,864 yards, 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. With just a 54% career completion percentage and a 3-13 record as a starter, Rosen struggled with consistency on and off the field.
Watching the movie, Rosen appears to be able to make all the necessary NFL-level throws from a pocket with no pressure. When his feet and arm are in rhythm, he is extremely efficient in the short passing game. He understands cover and uses his eyes to manipulate defenders.
Below, Rosen throws a loop to Christian Kirk. From a clean pocket, Rosen is able to read the man’s cover and deliver accurate football.
Below is a succession of images demonstrating Rosen’s ability to recognize Hood 1 and use his eyes to manipulate the security to his right. After the safety moves, he throws an accurate pass to Larry Fitzgerald for a 19-yard touchdown.
Unfortunately, Rosen isn’t very mobile and struggles to make big plays when the original scheme breaks down. In the NFL, a quarterback has to throw from different angles and platforms, which is difficult for Rosen. Also, looking at his injury history, he had a few shoulder injuries and multiple concussions which affected his consistency. There are areas the former UCLA signal caller needs to improve immediately to help the Browns organization:
1. Its precision; and
2. His level of anticipation.
In film, Rosen really struggles with accuracy when throwing while running or being moved out of place in the pocket. This movement, forced by pressure, seems to have a detrimental effect on his ball placement.
Below, Rosen takes a terrible call and inaccurate throw that resulted in a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown by Denver’s Christopher Harris. Early in the game, Denver brings in 5-man pressure which causes Rosen to do a quick read of Harris, who is playing in the corner. As Harris falls, Rosen should throw the ball to the bottom receiver. The pressure causes Rosen to drop his back foot, taking a bad read and throwing a bad shot.
Rosen also needs to work on his anticipation (covers and routes that work against those covers) and deliver the football on time. This kind of anticipation comes from studying film and understanding the playbook. The more confident a quarterback is in the playbook, the more proficient they can become at delivering the football with precision.
Below is a series of photos that demonstrate Rosen’s lack of anticipation. In the top photo, the Washington Football Team plays Tampa 2 coverage, where the middle linebacker drops to midfield. In the second frame, the Dolphins run a loop that opens between the two linebackers. Rosen, for some reason, does not anticipate quickly and is late for the receiver. This results in an interception.
What we learned
Rosen has a ton of potential that has yet to be tapped at the NFL level. In the past, he’s had offensive line issues, pattern issues, and numerous dropped passes from his receivers; however, some of its problems and shortcomings are self-induced. Because he doesn’t have big feet, he needs to have elite accuracy and improve pocket anticipation.
Lance Reisland is the former coach of Garfield Heights High School, where he spent 18 seasons as an assistant to his father, Chuck, and four as head coach, from 2014 to 2018. In 2018, his team finished 11-1 and advanced to the OHSAA Division II Regional Semifinals. This team went 10-0 and made history as the first Garfield Heights team in 41 years to have an undefeated regular season by beating Warren G. Harding for the first playoff win in league history. ‘school.