Cardinals owner: We have to “build around the foundation that we have”

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There’s suddenly a quarterback in this year’s draft who is declaring himself totally committed to football, and there’s a certain coach who has already said he’d take that quarterback first overall, and he just happens to work for the team with the first pick.

Those dots don’t necessarily have to connect.

While Kyler Murray speculation is going to run rampant now that he’s pledged himself to football, Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill indicated this morning his preference might be to build his team around last year’s first-rounder — quarterback Josh Rosen.

“Josh is a smart guy, he’s been around and he’s seen what happens year in and year out,” Bidwill said during an interview on 98.7 Arizona Sports. “There’s always a lot of speculation that turns out to not be true.

“But moving forward, we’re going to continue to build this team and build around the foundation that we have.”

Of course, it’s not just a coincidence that people might connect Murray and new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, since Kingbury said when he was just the coach of a bad college team about to play Murray’s team that if he had the top pick he’d take Murray.

Bidwill joked that such speculation wasn’t bad for business, and would keep tongues wagging until April. But he also pointed out that when Kingsbury interviewed for the job, one of his priorities was watching tape of Rosen and discussing a plan of action for him with General Manager Steve Keim and scout Adrian Wilson.

“Of all the coaches, he was the only one to say, ‘Bring the tape, we’re going to break down the tape,’ ” Bidwill said.

Of course, if there’s a land rush for Murray and they’re truly committed to Rosen, the Cardinals would benefit from a healthy trade market. Otherwise, Bidwill outlined what he’d be looking for in a top pick.

“They’ve got to be an incredible athlete on the field,” Bidwill said. “You want somebody, especially with the number one pick, that you can look at and say, ‘This person is going to be here for 8-to-10 years and be an anchor at their position and be a real leader in our organization.

“It’s where the heart is and where the head is. Are they playing the game for money, or are they playing the game because they love the game? That’s the kind of person you want with your first-round pick.”

And while that might not have anything to do with Murray, the Cardinals can’t afford to get another offseason wrong after going 3-13.

8 responses to “Cardinals owner: We have to “build around the foundation that we have”

  1. “It’s where the heart is and where the head is. Are they playing the game for money, or are they playing the game because they love the game? That’s the kind of person you want with your first-round pick.”

    The Bosa’s have been known to play for the money. They have a history of holding out.

  2. No, it’s the Chargers ownership who screwed up Joey Bosa’s contract over a dispute of about $100,000-$200,000. Think about that for a second, you’re a billionaire, you have a salary cap of $160 million, and you have a contract standoff with your top pick over $100k-$200k? Incompetence at its finest.

  3. I have my doubts on book smarts translating into being a good quarterback. Football smarts or instincts matters most. Otherwise, that aeronautical engineer, backup quarterback–dobbs, in Pittsburgh, would have beaten out the Geico caveman by now.

  4. If they had felt that way after they drafted Matt Leinart, he may have had a decent career, but instead they hired a coach his second year that wanted nothing to do with him. I hope for Rosen’s sake, they stick to what they’re saying.

  5. amaf21 says:
    February 12, 2019 at 2:26 pm
    @el guano – you don’t become a billionaire by giving money away.

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    You also don’t build a good football team by letting your first round pick sit out multiple games over a 0.1% cap space dispute.

  6. Arizona had a great off-season last year outside of signing Bradford. Keim had an excellent draft drafting starters with his first 4 picks in Josh Rosen, Christian Kirk, Center Mason Cole & a #2 back in Chase Edmonds while finding an extremely athletic but raw though very talented OT in RD7 in Corey Kunningham who appears to be a diamond in the ruff out playing his draft stock as a rookie and looking very good overall at LT as a rookie. Arizona needs another draft like that this year, find several players to build around in last years draft. Their free agent haul wasnt good last season though outside of Pugh who’s an average OG, Arizona needs to make sure they get much more out of their free agents this year.

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