INDIANAPOLIS – Arizona Cardinal Trainer Kliff Kingsbury understands why his comments to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray went viral.
"Yes, I can see why it did and how the circumstances played out," said Kingsbury Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Unions. "It was before a college game, and of course you think Kyler's world as a player and as a person. But the timing of it is pretty unique."
Back in October, Kingsbury said he would draft the final Heisman Trophy -winner # 1 overall. 49ers of course owns No. 2 pick in the draft, then they are directly affected by anything that makes the Cardinals No. 1.
Kingsbury was head coach in Texas Tech, and his comments were recently progressing back into the limelight after the cardinals had hired him.
"Kyler is a freak, man," Kingsbury said at the time. "I have heard that he is a very good young player and he will be a huge player. Kyler is a freak. I've been following him since he was a sophomore in high school and just thinking about his world and what he can do on the football field.
"I would take him with the first choice of the draft if I could. I know he's signed up to play baseball, but he's a dominant soccer player and I wanted to take him with the first choice. "
Things became even more intimidating after Murray employed Kingsbury's agent when he chose a professional football career over a baseball with Oakland's. Picking Murray would have a clear influence on 49er's choice at no. 2 overall, and could give the player on top of their draft plate to slip.
Arizona drafted quarterback Josh Rosen in the first round of last year's draft, and Kingsbury reiterated he believes the rose fits his crime.
"We are big on adapting our offense to our quarterback and our staff, Kingsbury said. "We've had all types in this system so I don't think it's very relevant. He's a huge talent. I want him to get better as the season went on last year. Showed a lot of mental toughness and competitiveness."
But his boss, Cardinal's general manager Steve Keim, did not just close the door of the Murray-throwing team.
Keim was asked directly Wednesday if the cardinals would pursue Murray or hold onto Rosen. Keim contextualized Kingsbury's comments and noted that Texas Tech and Oklahoma were large 1
"I think what Kiliff said," said Keim, "tried to avoid bulletin boards. If you were in Texas Tech, I would have said the same about an Oklahoma quarterback. Again, it's still early in the process. has still not undergone a full evaluation, so it is too early to say. "
[RELATED: Shanahan says 49ers have not yet reached Brown trade ]  When Keim was asked more directly about the Cardinals quarterback situation, his response was open.
"Is Josh Rosen our quarterback? Yes. He is right now, definitely.
Could Cardinal's real draft Murray? Everything is possible, and Keim's comments did not completely shut the door.