INDIANAPOLIS – The Arizona Cardinals coach, Kliff Kingsbury, understands why his comments on Oklahoma's quarterback, Kyler Murray, have become viral.
"Yeah, I can see why and the circumstances have worked," Kingsbury said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting. "It was before a college match and obviously you are thinking of Kyler's world as a player and as a person. But the moment chosen is quite unique.
In October, Kingsbury announced that he would draft the eventual winner of the Heisman Trophy in the front row. The 49ers, of course, are the owners of choice # 2 in the repechage, so they are directly affected by the decisions made by the cardinals at number 1.
Kingsbury was then head coach of Texas Tech, and his comments have recently been relegated to the background after hiring the Cardinals.
"Kyler is a monster, man," said Kingsbury at the time. "I heard he was a very good young player and he was going to be a great player. Kyler is a monster. I am since his second year in high school and I think of his world and what he can do on the football field.
"I would take it with the first draft pick if I could. I know he signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player and I would take him with the first choice. "
Things got even more complicated after Murray hired the Kingsbury agent after he had chosen a professional football career rather than a baseball player career with the A's. Oakland. Choosing Murray would have a clear impact on the selection of 49ers in 2nd place and could allow the player at the top of his game board to slip.
Quarterback Josh Rosen of Arizona participated in the first round of the draft last year and Kingsbury repeated that he thought Rosen would match his attack.
"We are convinced to adapt our attack to our quarterback and our staff," said Kingsbury. "We had all types in this system, so I do not think it's very relevant. It's an extraordinary talent. I have the impression that it has improved over the season last year. Demonstrates a lot of mental strength and competitiveness. "
But his boss, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, did not exactly shut the door to the team that formed Murray.
On Wednesday, Keim was asked directly if the Cardinals would sue Murray or stay with Rosen. Keim contextualized Kingsbury's comments, noting that Texas Tech and Oklahoma were big competitors.
"I think what Kiliff said," Keim explained, "was trying to avoid the billboards." If you were at Texas Tech, I would have said the same thing about one. Oklahoma's quarterback. "Again, it's still early in the process.We still have not done a full assessment, so it's too early to say."
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When Keim was questioned more directly about the situation of Cardinals quarterbacks, his answer was open.
"Is Josh Rosen our quarterback? Yeah. He is at this moment, of course. "
Could the Cardinals really name Murray? Everything is possible and Keim's comments have not completely closed the door.