INDIANAPOLIS – The coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Kliff Kingsbury, understands why his comments on Kyler Murray's quarterback of Oklahoma Sooners have become viral.
"Yes, I understand why and how the circumstances unfolded," Kingsbury told the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday. "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, have the No. 2 pick in the repechage, so they are directly affected by the movement that the cardinals make at number 1
At the time, Kingsbury was the head coach of Texas Tech, and his comments were recently relegated to the background when the Cardinals hired him.
"Kyler is a monster, man," said Kingsbury at the time. "I've heard he's a very good young player and he's 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. "
The Cardinals hold the number one pick in the NFL draft in 2019. Things get even more complicated when Murray engages Kingsbury's agent when he chooses a professional football career instead of a career. in baseball with the A of 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.
Arziona recruited quarterback Josh Rosen 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 close the door to the Cardinals' nomination for Murray.
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On Wednesday, Keim was asked directly if the cardinals would sue Murray or stick Rosen. He contextualized Kingsbury's comments, noting that Texas Tech and Oklahoma were big competitors.
"I think what Kiliff said," explained Keim, "was trying to avoid the contents of the display board.If you were at Texas Tech, I would have said the same thing about from a Oklahoma quarterback.While it is still early in the process.We still have not carried out a comprehensive assessment, so it is too early to say. "
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? Anything is possible and Keim's comments have certainly not completely closed the door.