Here's Steve Smith Filling Unnecessary Air-Time By Skewering Josh Rosen for...Unfollowing the Cardinals on Instagram?
If we're going to talk about the passive aggressive use of social media in sports, I think an act that was much more egregious than Josh Rosen unfollowing the Cardinals was the Cardinals leaving their then starting quarterback entirely un-featured in their season preview/schedule release video no more than a week ago.
Now, that's neither here nor there, as the passive aggressive use of social media in sports is not something I want to talk about. That goes ten-fold for its role in an absolutely inevitable breakup between a second year, first round quarterback and the franchise that gave him very little chance to succeed before seeking out his successor.
Trust me, I'm not shedding any tears for Josh Rosen, as he showed very few signs of living up to his draft billing, but it would be laughably disingenuous not to acknowledge that he was forced to play a piss-poor hand in unprotectedly running an anemic offense of questionable coaching during his lone NFL season. Add that to the fact that Arizona is selling low in actively shopping him, likely at the insistence of their woefully unqualified head coach, after having followed through on the months they spent shamelessly flirting with his high-profile replacement, and you want me to be upset that Josh Rosen committed the unspeakable crime of...::audible gasp::...unfollowing their Instagram account?
Are we talking about a prideful athlete that clicked a button out of understandable frustration, or a malcontent that sat Indian-style with his arms folded and his brow furrowed at mid-field during training camp as a show of protest? If I were answering that question based on the vigor in Steve Smith's preposterously excessive answer then I'd be certain it was the latter, because Josh Rosen has handled this on-going slight against his personality and his largely untapped potential as professionally as you could possibly expect of a young, competitive kid.