ATLANTA – Just a few days earlier, Steve Wilks said it made sense to continue playing starter quarterback Josh Rosen, even in difficult times.
The repetitions – and the experience – were invaluable. There were things to learn, including mistakes or punches.
Then on Sunday, when too much time had been left on the clock in a game, the coach took out his QB and knocking too much. "It was the wise decision," said the head coach after Mike Glennon had led the offense following an ugly 40-1
But roses are not going anywhere. He's going to start the home final against the Rams next week, and apart from something ugly, he will not be brought out again.
"I would be worried, but Josh is not like most guys," Larry said Fitzgerald. "To see him on a good day after a win, his feelings are the same. As a freshman, he has a great disposition over him. I'm not worried about that. It was a tough game for all of us, but (Josh) will be fine.
The Falcons have sacked Rosen six times (and once gotten Glennon), a season high for a defense that was difficult to reach the quarterback. They made three turnovers, intercepting roses twice and getting a strip bag, with the first intercept point being a beaten ball, with linebacker Deon Jones leading 41 yards for a touchdown 7-0, as Rosen opened a 64-yard opening. Touchdown Ride, which was caused by a beautiful 40-yard-deep ball to run back to David Johnson.
After interception, the Falcons increased the pressure. There were times when Rosen would have been able to throw it earlier, but an inexperienced refill line of refusal collapsed, and an equally arduous corps was no threat. It would not be good.
"It was frustrating," Rosen said. "A couple was my mistake … I have to play better. We all have to play better, but I do not want anyone looking at the statistics and thinking that everything is on the O-line.
Rosen completed 13 of 22 passes for 132 yards. With the Falcons (5-9), Glennon knew the game was in hand, completing 10 of 14 throws for 111 yards and a late touchdown for Trent Sherfield, the rookie's first NFL score.
not the ideal day in the office, "said guard Oday Aboushi. "It had a lot to do with everyone, but at the end of the day (sacks) we notice the numbers."
Fitzgerald had to be a bit late to finish one of his better games with seven catches for 82 yards. But it was a statistical filler in a game that was decided for a long time. A more critical status was the 215 meters by Atlanta, a team that last came into play in the league when he ran the ball. Returning Hawks Tevin Coleman had only 11 stretcher but 145 yards.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, ran a total of 60 yards. Outside the 64-yard opening race, Rosen's attack could only reach 89 yards before Glennon came in.
"I take full responsibility for what happened," Wilks said. "That's not acceptable. Not even close.
At this point in the season, victories are not on the priority list. It's roses, and taking them out of a game was about the hawks, not the rest of the season. Rosen wants this chance to work through mistakes, and notes that they can sit with him during a game, they sit with him after the game and again on Monday.
Then, Rosen says, he has to leave her behind. That's why he wants to play, which is why sitting is important to him.
"Because I messed up a lot of repetitions," Rosen said. "I hope I do not mess this up in the future."
Fitzgerald insisted that he had no answer to how he should deal with roses in the last two games. But he understands the reasoning to bring the beginner out in rough seas as well as on Sundays.
"I'm not a quarterback guru," said Fitzgerald. "I do not know the recipe for this stuff. I know he's the quarterback of the future here, and if you do reps and deal with adversity, you'll teach him.
"This is definitely not what you want, but this is his team. He takes control of this offense and we have to stand behind him. "