A few months and a better job can change a lot. For Kliff Kingsbury, it means walking back his bold comments about Kyler Murray.
As the Texas Tech football coach, Kingsbury said he would take Murray as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Now as the Cardinals coach, with a young quarterback of his own in Josh Rosen and the No. 1 pick, he adjusted those comments.
“Our feelings toward Josh haven’t waned or changed,” Kingsbury told reporters Tuesday. “I get it. We have the first pick, so there are going to be a million scenarios over the next three months that are going to come. Kyler is a tremendous player. I said that being very complimentary before we played an opponent. I understand the sound bite, but like I said, there are going to be a ton of scenarios that are going to come up before we get to the draft.”
Kingsbury’s feelings about Murray gained a bigger microscope Monday and Tuesday, when Murray first declared he was choosing football over baseball and then signed with agent Erik Burkhardt, who also represents Kingsbury. So Kingsbury will have a decision to make.
Last year, the Cardinals took Rosen 10th overall out of UCLA. They went 3-10 with Rosen at the helm, and he struggled behind a bad offensive line, throwing 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with a 66.7 passer rating.