In comment 13824858
Dan in the Springs said:
| What did you mean by saying if you were a Browns fan you might prefer Darnold?
I think Darnold is a one-size-fits-all kind of QB who could excel in both a WCO and a vertical play-action offense (although I think the WCO would be ideal) whereas I think Rosen is more of a pure pocket passer who is best suited for the vertical play action offense. I'm no student of Hue Jackson and the Cleveland offense, but my impression is that they lean heavily towards a WCO (ergo the interview with Ben McAdoo).
Shurmer seems to be system-adaptable and will play to his QBs strengths. I always thought Eli was strictly a vertical play-action QB and that it was a mistake for the Giants to move to the WCO these past few years. I could be wrong about that, particularly if you believe that Eli has lost his long ball (because throwing deep is the whole point of a vertical offense that buys time via play action).
And just like with offenses, I think Darnold is the most one-size-fits-all when it comes to the city where he will play. You could put him in Cleveland, put him in NYC, put him in Denver, Arizona, Miami, Buffalo, you name it and he'll fit in fine with the fans and the city. That may not be as true of Rosen, who--given his political outspokenness--is probably best situated in a cosmopolitan city like NYC than a blue collar city like Cleveland.
As the Cleveland GM it would be more important for me to clarify expectations re: his outspokenness than it would be as GM of the Giants or Jets. As the GM of the Giants, my only red flag with Rosen would be the shoulder injuries (he had one as a tennis player that would've required surgery had he not given up the sport and then he had the one we all know about at UCLA in which he did have shoulder surgery). I see the concussions as more of red herring than a red flag. I think Justin Pugh is more likely to cut his career short because of concussions than Josh Rosen (or any QB for that matter). As the GM of the Browns, his outspokenness and politics would be more likely to be considered a red flag.
I use words like "might" and "likely" because these are things that need to be hashed out during the interview process. Rosen's coachability extends beyond the football field and I think he would be reasonable if his coach told him to cool it with things that might alienate the fanbase.