Updated: Sep 1, 2019
The #1 pick in the NFL draft should've brought some acclaim to the Arizona Cardinals franchise heading into the 2019 season. Instead, their rookie QB Kyler Murray has been ridiculed by analyst and fans for his inability to throw a single TD all preseason.
Aug 24, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks down field during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports
Many NFL analyst believe that Murray's performance in exhibition is simply a glimpse of how horrid he can potentially be when the regular season begins. NFL teams usually play reserves in exhibition match-ups. While an NFL reserve is usually a well talented professional, a potential starting QB in the National Football league should be able to score at least a TD after several series on the field. According to NFL.com, Murray's preseason stats read as of follows: 23 completions on 36 attempts for 193 yards. His 5"8 standing stature may be problematic in a NFC West division that is home to pass rushers Deforest Buckner (49ers), Aaron Donald (LA Rams), Clay Matthews (LA Rams), Ezekiel Ansah (Seahawks) and more. Hopefully the graceful demeanor of Murray isn't pretentious and he really does have the skill to rectify his unimpressive output so far.
May 10, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury (left) and quarterback Kyler Murray during rookie minicamp at the teams training facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
In 2018, after just one season in office, the Arizona Cardinals dismissed former head coach Steven Wilks (current Cleveland Browns Defensive Coordinator). His successor, Kliff Kingsbury, was hired in January. Kingsbury had spent the last five years coaching at Texas Tech (with NFL MVP Pat Mahomes as his QB) where he finished his final season with a 5-7 overall record. Apparently, his work with the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and within the NCAA over the last decade made him a well worthy candidate for a job that will require him to turn an entire NFL franchise around (sarcasm). Rex Ryan however believes otherwise, calling the offensive strategy of Kingsbury "boring" on national TV earlier this month and scrutinizing Kingsbury for his inability to produce quality winning seasons at Texas Tech. Of course three weeks of preseason football isn't enough to write the Arizona Cardinals off in 2019 but they will definitely be under a microscope if they struggle early on.
Next Match-Up: Arizona Cardinals @ Denver Broncos 9:00 p.m. E.T 08/29/2019