PHOENIX — The concept that Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen would not slot in new coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense is wrong, Kingsbury mentioned Tuesday on the NFL’s annual assembly in Arizona.
“No question,” Kingsbury mentioned. “Folks have mentioned plenty of issues which might be misconceptions, if you’ll. However Josh is an incredible participant, I’ve at all times thought, watching him at UCLA. He performed his finest soccer in a variety system, some similarities to what we do. He is an incredible thinker, very cerebral, can throw it with anyone, and we take plenty of pleasure in constructing a system round a quarterback.
“For somebody to say he would not match our system, it would not make sense.”
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Kingsbury would not reveal the content material of his conversations with Rosen however mentioned NFL quarterbacks “should have thick pores and skin” and an understanding of “the circus that comes with this place.”
Rosen can do each, Kingsbury added.
“He is a assured younger man, and that is what you like about him,” Kingsbury said. “He is acquired very thick pores and skin. All of this type of falls off his again and he is able to go show what he can do.”
Kingsbury mentioned with the primary choose comes “tons of chatter.” And each phrase that he says concerning the No. 1 choose and former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has been dissected each doable approach.
“I do not really feel that approach, I do know that,” Kingsbury said. “However, I do know you all get bored with listening to it, however we aren’t any nearer to a [final] resolution than the final time we spoke. You must get all the knowledge, it’s a must to meet with all of the gamers, after which you have to get the most effective reply you possibly can provide you with.”
With lower than a month till the primary spherical of the NFL draft, the Cardinals, who personal the primary total choose, are nonetheless within the “information-gathering course of,” Kingsbury said Tuesday. Arizona’s personnel department will reconvene from after weeks on the road next week and will “begin having these discussions closely,” Kingsbury mentioned.
One speaking level will likely be who the Cardinals will draft at No. 1.
“I am undecided when that call will likely be made,” Kingsbury said. “It is my first time via it. However there’s a lot to speak about.”
Specifically, whether or not the Cardinals will or will not draft Kyler Murray first total.
Kingsbury, who recruited Murray to Texas A&M when he was the offensive coordinator in 2012 after which to Texas Tech after changing into the top coach there in 2013, heaped heavy reward on Murray on Tuesday, calling him “one of many higher dual-threat gamers to ever play.”
“I do not know if I’ve seen one that may do each issues in addition to he does,” Kingsbury said. “You see the operating skill, Mike Vick involves thoughts, that kind of explosion and escapability. He is a real drop again passer when he needs to be. He is a troublesome mixture.”
With regards to the Air Raid, Kingsbury mentioned “there is not any match” when it comes to a specific type of quarterback he’d prefer or needs. But Kingsbury wasn’t sure if the Cardinals’ thoughts on Rosen had evolved since he said Rosen was “our man” in February.
“You simply wish to be sure you are thorough when you could have that primary choose,” Kingsbury said. “That is a choose that may change your group for a few years to return. For those who’re not doing all of your due diligence doable, then I believe it is a mistake. [General manager] Steve [Keim] and [team president] Michael [Bidwill] really feel the identical approach. It has been an intensive course of, from the Mix and going out and seeing all these folks, and I really feel like we’re doing a superb job gathering info.”