DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue, or subterfuge scripted by Bill Parcells.
Or maybe Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland inadvertently tipped his hand regarding the team's plan with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
At a news conference Thursday to discuss the draft, Ireland said he wouldn't talk about the Dolphins' strategy, and he didn't discuss specific players. But one comment he made was surprisingly specific.
"Of course I want guys that have great upside," Ireland said. "This is the first pick in the draft. This guy is going to be - you hope that he's a pillar of your defense for a long time."
Defense? That would be news. As Ireland continued, the room broke out in laughter.
"What did I say?" he asked.
"You said, 'pillar of your defense,"' someone replied.
Ireland's face began to turn red.
"Pillar of your defense, or offense, or team," he said to more laughter. "That's a Freudian slip."
Or perhaps a smoke screen, someone suggested.
"I'll let you guys decide," Ireland said.