TEMPE, Ariz. — 30 days past, fresh Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury stood behind a podium at the team’s practice facility and declared that quarterback Josh Rosen was “our guy.”

Fourteen days after, at the NFL scouting combine in s, general director additionally said Rosen had been Arizona’s quarterback but added two words that changed the whole conversation surrounding the Cardinals’ No. 1 choice in the following month’s NFL draft.

“Is our quarterback?

From as soon as the words”right now” left Keim’s mouthspeculation that the Cardinals will draft Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray earliest overall and commerce Rosen reach a runaway pace.

This was the minute the Cardinals’ 20-19 smoke screen campaign formally started.

Conversations concerning the Cardinals at s were black and white: They were without doubt taking Murray. No gray area.

One report even went up to saying Kingsbury was telling people at the combine that the Cards were Murray, a rumor Kingsbury later denied on a team-produced podcast.

However this is misinformation season.

This produces deciphering fact from fiction this time of the year all the harder. And, to a few, such as Keim, the smoke screen is getting an art.

“I think the biggest thing is everyone’s trying to determine what you are doing this time of the year,” Panthers coach said at this year’s combine. “However, it surely starts to play with once you start going out on the highway and visiting players or bringing players at the closer you arrive at the draft. I do believe it’s critical as you can not let people understand what you want because they’ll attempt to jeopardize it. Thus, it is important.”

Since he had been promoted to general director in 2013, Keim was open to his misdirection, which worked nicely in combination with former Cardinals and current Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians.

It required Logan Thomas from the fourth round.

“I lie decent,” Arians said afterward.

That exact identical year, Keim said this about his draft:”I told you we’re the only two you can believe.” And Arians added:”Truth killsbaby.”

A year after, in 2015, Arians said,”You tell the truth and everybody thinks you are lying.”

Therefore, maybe, only maybe, Kingsbury was telling the truth on Feb. 1-2, when he said Rosen had been”our guy.”

He endorsed up it at the combine.

“He’s very cerebral and I like how he battled at the finish of the season through several adverse problems. He never turned down it, he chose to catch up and he chose to fight and compete off his tail until the end.”

Butmaybe, Keim’s comment on Feb. 27 at the combine was authentic, too.

“It’s still early in the procedure,” he said. “We still haven’t been through a full evaluation, so it’s too premature to say.”

What’s the significance of Keim deceiving the press and the general public? Making the rest of the s think that the Cardinals are interested in Murray would drive up the price tag on the first choice for a team that will need him.

In case the Cardinals are, in actuality, attempting to search Rosen, they’ve not done thus. As stated by NFL Insider Adam Schefter, crews forced overtures into Rosen’s accessibility at the combine but the Cardinals did not demonstrate some signs these were amenable to trading the quarterback — at least not yet — and had not reacted to them as of the other day.

Teams which may be potential landing areas for Rosen include: the nyc Giants along with Miami Dolphins. And with all this, a possible quest for Rosen could be cooled. Then, again, it mightn’t.

If the Cardinals choose on the No. 1 choice or trade it, Keim said at the combination that he thinks it has plenty of significance.

“I think each year it’s different but if you ask me personally there are several players who warrant the No. 1 choice,” Keim said of this draft. “Enough guys whom I do believe there is a lot of value in this choice right now.”

Whether or not that’s more sleight of hand is yet to be determined.

First-year Dolphins coach Brian Flores said at the combine that he had watched some”good number” of this year’s quarterbacks. A study said will release quarterback Ryan Tannehill, immediately putting them at the market for a brand new one.

“I think we’ve got to be ready for all scenarios,” Flores said of a potential rookie quarterback. “And I think if that is exactly the circumstance, that is the circumstance. I think we’re always growing players.”

Of Murray, Flores was impressed.

“I presume he had a phenomenal season this year. I think he’s a excellent athlete. I think he’s a very good player.”

The Raiders were considered a chance to trade to the very first pick but fresh general director Mike Mayock, presumably closed the door on that idea at the combine.

“I presume Derek Carr is just a franchise quarterback, I believe that,” he said. Sure. But I think that it’s really tough to attempt to improve over a franchise quarterback such as the one we now have inside our construction right now.”

Unless there is a smoke screen, too.

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