Kliff Kingsbury: We’re a long way from deciding on No. 1 pick

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We’re about a month away from the start of the 2019 NFL Draft and the big question remains whether the Cardinals are going to draft quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick.

There have been reports suggesting they are moving in that direction, which would likely mean that they’d trade 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen in a corresponding move. The team hasn’t done much to tip its hand publicly at this point and head coach Kliff Kingsbury stayed on that path in an interview with Steve Wyche of NFL Media this weekend.

Kingsbury repeated that Rosen “knows our feelings” that he’s a talented player, but that “anything can happen” with the pick. Kingsbury also added that the team has not made any decision about what they plan to do at this point.

“We haven’t. We haven’t. We’re a long ways from that,” Kingsbury said. “You know, coaches on the road, scouts from the road, private workouts, pro days. And we won’t even discuss until next week and try to fill our board and go from there.”

The clearest sign the Cardinals could send would be a deal involving Rosen at some point in the next four weeks. Absent that, the intrigue about Arizona’s plans will reman in place.

27 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury: We’re a long way from deciding on No. 1 pick

  1. If he were happy with J Rosen, he’d be saying, “We are open to trading back. We are happy with our QB and there are a number of excellent defensive players to choose from”

  2. Rosen and a 5th Rounder to the Patriots for a 2nd and 4th Rounder and the Cardinals don’t have to worry about looking stupid for another two years as Rosen sits on the bench.

  3. Today, I’d say there is a 90% chance that Rosen gets swapped for his old college quarterback that knows his system and will help mentor Kyler Murray. That guy is Case Keenum. Why the talking heads are avoiding this truth is beyond me.

  4. The Cards are willing to trade Rosen to your team for peanuts. The other teams will have to pay more because no team is as awesome as the one you root for.

  5. What is Arizona doing? They use a first round pick last year on a QB and after one year in a offense with a garbage o line, a terrible run game and only one good receiver they are just going to give up on him and hire a failed college coach and draft a over hyped qb. Sounds like it’s going to be a long time before Arizona will ever be decent again

  6. And again, an agent and a few gms looking at other qbs are coordinating the narragive to make it appear that a second or third round player is going to be the number one choice in the entire draft.

  7. Arizona need to do the same thing that my Vikings need to do: draft offensive linemen who can actually block and protect the QB. It doesn’t matter who you have at QB if you don’t give them time to operate. Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, and Bart Starr couldn’t work behind a bad O-line, so it won’t matter if it’s Rosen or Murray back there if they don’t get protection.

  8. “Were a long ways from that”…… Dude the draft is right around the corner. Sounds like an unprepared coach and organization. Cards will never win anything when they are rebuilding every year.

  9. thesmartestmaneversnextdoorneighborsays:

    March 24, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Today, I’d say there is a 90% chance that Rosen gets swapped for his old college quarterback that knows his system and will help mentor Kyler Murray. That guy is Case Keenum. Why the talking heads are avoiding this truth is beyond me.
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    Because there’s a 0 percent chance the redskins trade Keenum to the Cardinals. It’s much more likely Kurt Warner comes back to play for Arizona this year than Keenum being a cardinal.

  10. They are trying to get someone to trade up so they can move back. They need to take one of the defensive guys that are available and stick with Rosen.

  11. This decision has already been made. The only possible way for Murray to slip would be a revelation of a serious off field incident. By all counts, Murray is a young man of high integrity and strong character. Therefore, Murry will be the first pick. Arizona is just looking foolish in these non statements hoping to drive up the price for Rosen. Another possibility is for a team to give up its entire draft class. Seems that did happen once. A long time ago.

  12. clownbaby37 says:
    March 24, 2019 at 10:02 am
    What is Arizona doing? They use a first round pick last year on a QB and after one year in a offense with a garbage o line, a terrible run game and only one good receiver they are just…
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    The answer is, if you have a bad o-line, no run game and one good WR, then a top scrambler-type QB is a very luring quick fix. I’d stick with Rosen, as scramblers get figured out, slow with age and are more prone to injury etc, but it’s a win-now league…

  13. Since GMs and Head Coaches are never honest with the press leading up to the draft, they know who they’re taking. It’s either Murray or Bosa and we’ll just have to wait and see.

  14. Draft Kyler Murray and he can fight it out with Rosen in OTA’s, training camp and pre-season. Then…trade one of them down the road.

  15. This is the Cards still trying to milk their fifteen minutes for having the #1 draft pick, and the biggest question in fans mind is “how bad will they blow it?” This entire story line is old, stale, and so worn out that nobody really cares any longer even in Cardinal land. Who the Cards take is about as irrelevant as the entire franchise!

  16. exinsidetrader says:

    March 24, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Rosen and a 5th Rounder to the Patriots for a 2nd and 4th Rounder and the Cardinals don’t have to worry about looking stupid for another two years as Rosen sits on the bench.

    Why would you give up a 2nd for a QB when he can be had for a 3rd. Especially if they draft tiny tim the QB

  17. It come down to whether the Cardinals have more faith in Rosen or Murray to lead this team in the future. Nothing else really matters.

    Fans know the O-line was horrible last year. Fans know the receiving corps weren’t as good as the past years. Fans realize that best RB wasn’t used properly and was hurt. Fan also realize Wilkes wasn’t the right choice as the HC. But, it still comes down to whether the Cards think Murray or Rosen is the QB best suited to lead the Cards next year and in future years. I’m not sure Bidwell, Keim, and Kingsbury are in agreement. Therefore, per Kingsbury, the Cards are a long way from making a decision. If the Cards had already made a decision to go with Murray, Rosen would already be a Dolphin for a draft choice.

  18. Why the assumption that Murray will be the #1 pick? Kingsbury knows the style of QB he needs. The assumption is Rosen can’t do the job, but he was playing for a coach that is gone and he well might be good in the new system.
    There is no assurance that Murray will be Sam Darnold. He well could be Ryan Leaf.
    The Cardinals need a lot more than another QB.
    I would keep Rosen trade the pick and get more picks and rebuild in the upper echelon of the draft.

  19. What is Arizona doing? They use a first round pick last year on a QB and after one year in a offense with a garbage o line, a terrible run game and only one good receiver they are just going to give up on him and hire a failed college coach and draft a over hyped qb. Sounds like it’s going to be a long time before Arizona will ever be decent again

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    This is what happens when you have a drunk as GM.

  20. Been a Cards fan through the dark times, about 15 years now. They take Murray and I’m done. How can a GM have a 1 year coach and 1 year QB and get rid off both after 1 year and still have a job?

  21. Kliff will be fired in under three years if they draft murray, go with bosa
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    He’s going to be fired regardless of who they draft. He just got fired at Texas Tech his alma mater for not being successful at the college level. He’s not going to succeed at the NFL level no matter how much he looks like Sean McVay. This was the most absurd hire in a long time.

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