Arizona Cardinals: The Kyler Murray Hype Won’t Last
Kyler Murray was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Oakland gave him the okay to play college football his (redshirt) junior year at the University of Oklahoma. When Murray won the Heisman Trophy, he had second thoughts about his baseball career. Kyler Murray wanted a certain amount of money from the Athletics, but they wouldn’t give it to him. Instead, Murray decided to declare for the NFL Draft after that. He then became the number one pick in April’s draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona traded quarterback Josh Rosen away to the Miami Dolphins. The Cardinals did not give him a fair chance.
Kliff Kingsbury is the new head coach of this football team after Arizona fired Steve Wilks in just one season.
Kingsbury used to coach at Texas Tech and he did not have a winning record there. His offensive scheme isn’t going to last long in the NFL just like Chip Kelley.
A lot of analysts and players around the league think Kyler Murray is potentially the real deal, but can we please pump the breaks on this quarterback?
It was one thing to hype up Patrick Mahomes last season because he sat behind Alex Smith for a season and Mahomes had a cannon for an arm and the sky’s the limit for him. He did win the MVP last season and could very well win a couple of more and potentially win a Super Bowl Title one day.
I don’t see that really with Kyler Murray. He isn’t very big to begin with and Murray is more of a run-first quarterback rather than a pass-first quarterback. I think he is going to be similar to Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, but Kyler Murray is a better passer.
You can get away with running the ball all the time as a quarterback at the college level, but it is much different at the NFL level.
Murray will see some action against the Los Angeles Chargers at home in the preseason on Thursday night.
The Cardinals will face the Detroit Lions at home in Week 1, the Baltimore Ravens on the road in Week 2, the Carolina Panthers at home in Week 3, and the Seattle Seahawks at home in Week 4. This schedule could be very difficult for this team early in the season and all of those defenses will be ready for Kyler Murray.
They also have to face the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Los Angeles Rams (2) defense as well this season. Half of those games, Murray is going to struggle big time.
He is only 22-years-old. The Arizona Cardinals play in one of the toughest divisions in football. Thus, they will most likely finish in last once again in the NFC West this season.
In 14 games played last season at Oklahoma, Kyler Murray completed 69 percent of his passes for 4,361 yards 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
He also rushed for 1,001 yards on 140 carries and 12 touchdowns.
Murray does play with a ton of heart. However, there are better offensive rookies in the league heading into the 2019 season than him.
I think Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson, Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman, Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson, or Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. could all be better options for Offensive of the Year in the NFC.
I don’t think a single quarterback will be a finalist for this award. Daniel Jones of the New York Giants won’t play in any other games outside of preseason. Neither will Dwayne Haskins of the Washington Redskins or Drew Lock of the Denver Broncos.
Also when Kyler Murray isn’t living up to expectations early, the hype will die down. Then people will wonder what is wrong with him.
It will be because the speed of the game has caught up with him.
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