No one will forget the picture of Kliff Kingsbury sitting in his living room, fire going in the backyard, during the 2020 draft when coaches and front-office types had to work at home because of the pandemic.
Did that impact the Rams when they decided to rent a Los Angeles beach-front property (and get it sponsored) for McVay and the rest of the braintrust within which to conduct the 2021 draft? Maybe.
Kingsbury was asked about it Thursday, and whether he thought it was a response to his memorable scene last year. Kingsbury, who is good friends with McVay, didn't miss his moment.
"I really think it's just a ploy by McVay to allow him to take his shirt off and jump in the pool like he did on Hard Knocks," the Cardinals coach said with a smile. "Probably sip a little rosé, dip in the ocean and make some draft picks."
This is what happens though. McVay got Kingsbury pretty riled up back in 2019 when Kingsbury first arrived to coach in the NFL with a prank that had Kliff worried, at least for a little bit. This is only the latest salvo, methinks, not the last. (Yes, the Rams were paying attention.)
Kingsbury won't be reliving his own hype draft house moment. The Cardinals are back in the Dignity Health Training Center draft room now -- properly distanced and following NFL protocols -- after their year away. Kingsbury will be in his normal spot alongside owner Michael Bidwill and GM Steve Keim on the third floor of the building, the windows much smaller than what he got a year ago.