Kliff Kingsbury: “We’ll see” about Kyler Murray starting Week One

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It’s been a week since the Cardinals officially answered the question of whether they were going to cast 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen aside in favor of drafting Kyler Murray.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury reiterated the rationale for that move on The Jim Rome Show by saying that Murray has “too great a skill set to pass up.” Having that kind of talent and being the impetus for the organization’s change of direction at quarterback isn’t enough for Kingsbury to say that he’s the No. 1 quarterback in Arizona, however.

“We’ll see. We’re still working through all those things,” Kingsbury said. “We have Brett Hundley here who we’re very excited about, but we’ll see where that kinda goes.”

Kingsbury was asked how his offense will look compared to others in the NFL and said it was still taking shape, but that the team is “going to build it around Kyler.” Given that and the skill set that led the team to make Murray the first overall pick, it will be a great surprise if Murray is healthy and on the bench in Week One.

47 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury: “We’ll see” about Kyler Murray starting Week One

  1. I get the feeling this kid is going to break into 2 pieces.

  2. Id trust this organization. The way they fleeced the Dolphins in the Rosen trade is mind boggling. But then again the Dolphins staff isn’t exactly the best or close to average.

  3. Uh, yeah, ok.
    What I wanna know is just exactly what is it about Brett Hundley that excites you, Kliff?

  4. it’s the cardinals, I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see kyler on the bench in week one.

  5. We have Brett Hundley here who we’re very excited about, but we’ll see where that kinda goes.

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    The rest of the NFC West also shares that same excitement if he plays anytime this season.

  6. I don’t expect much success for this little guy…

    … ESPECIALLY…

    … with the current receiving corps.

    Hopefully… some of those WR draft picks stick (Kirk/Isabella/Butler).
    Too bad… Carson Palmer didn’t get any WR picks (other than often-injured John Brown).

    It’s AMAZING how many owners/G.M.s/coaches/fans think a “TOP” quarterback
    is going to get something done with only one quality receiving option.

  7. vaphinfan says:
    May 2, 2019 at 11:23 am
    Id trust this organization. The way they fleeced the Dolphins in the Rosen trade is mind boggling. But then again the Dolphins staff isn’t exactly the best or close to average.
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    They fleeced the Dolphins??? Miami got a QB who was drafted in the Top 10 a year ago for a late 2nd, and he’s under contract for 3 years at a TOTAL of $6 million. I’m honestly shocked half the league was lining up to make that deal.

  8. omeimontis says:
    May 2, 2019 at 11:35 am
    You trade away your starter Josh Rosen and draft Murray to sit on the bench? Makes sense.
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    This is the Cardinals we’re talking about here… Their new QB is 5’9″ and 190 pounds soaking wet! He’s gonna get pounded into dust well before the bye week.

  9. Please someone tell poker face Kliff that Brent Hundley is the only other QB on the roster,

  10. he may be a great kid but he does not get the benefit of well he is only a rookie and his receivers and team suck. that is why they drafted him number 1! Rosen did not get any excuses so why should this guy with all his hype? he needs to start and produce from day one without any excuses if he doesn’t.

  11. “We have Brett Hundley here who we’re very excited about, but we’ll see where that kinda goes.”

    0-1 very fast.

  12. I think Keim is just in love with the letter K. Has a losing college coach been hired to the NFL as a head coach ever before? Doubtful.

  13. I get that he doesn’t want to hand a rookie a starting job before he even suits up for minicamp, but he could have said something like “we expect him to be the Week 1 starter but he has to earn the job. If he isn’t able to do it, something has gone dramatically wrong.”

  14. How gullible are the Haters and the still angry irrational Rosen fans, especially those who have never played poker.

    Keep your enemies off balance, guessing and foaming at their mouths, Kingsbury.

    It makes no sense to reveal anything of substance so the brave internet bullies can harp on every bit of adiministrivia.

  15. Oh quit! Enough is enough. Why continue this game that people have seen through for many months? Murray is the guy. You’ve been slobbering over him.

  16. We’re building the offense around Kyler Murray, but we aren’t sure if we’re gonna start him?

    I guess they have to not just throw Hundley under the bus, but seriously?

    Just say he’s your guy and you expect him to win the starting job. Because if he doesn’t beat out Brett Hundley after being the #1 pick and having an offense tailored to him, it’s going to be a disaster.

  17. They should have drafted a defensive player with their 1st overall pick and kept Rosen. That draft decision made no sense whatsoever. He most certainly won’t be anything like Drew Brees or Russell Wilson. He’s too small.

  18. This is just coach speak and Kingsbury giving lip service. Brett Hundley knows he has no chance of starting but it’s not a good look to say publicly their is no competition, Kyler Murray is starting. A head coach isnt supposed to come out and say that before jobs are earned in training camp. They’re supposed to be strategic However it’s a GM’s job to be tactical in his approach and GM Steve Keim told Rich Eisen yesterday that QB Kyler Murray definitely is the week 1 starting QB and definitely will be leading the team into battle & under center come week 1.

    Kyler Murray knows Kingsbury inside and out and will pick-up the new playbook with ease as the only thing that will be different is the terminology which gives Murray a huge advantage over most rookie QB’s who come into the NFL completely lost & mentally buried under a mountain of unprocessed information. Given that Murray knows the offense with all of the talent around him w/ Arizona fielding a far more talented offense this season Kyler Murray should come out slinging this season and put together an excellent rookie season. I wouldnt be shocked at all if he sets a new rookie TD record this season just because he is so comfortable in the offense and has the talent do so with all the weapons around him .

  19. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured says:
    May 2, 2019 at 11:18 am
    I get the feeling this kid is going to break into 2 pieces.

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    Kyler Murray has never been injury prone before nor ever had a serious injury in his football career, it’s not like that’s going to change and he all of the sudden will become injury prone at the NFL Level…..

    Murray doesn’t take punishment. Murray has learned how to protect himself better than any QB i’ve seen, Russell Wilson also does a fantastic job of protecting himself & Murray has taken a page out of his playbook. Murray takes what the defense give him and then he either gets down, slides, or jumps out of bounds avoiding the kill shot. Murray has eyes in the back of his head inside the pocket and does a great job feeling pressure, when that internal clock goes off he gets rid of the ball. Murray doesn’t take big bone crushing hits and never gets greedy trying to get that extra yard only to get hurt a lot like Jimmy G did last season. Murray will be fine in the NFL.

  20. Who exactly does kingsbury think he is fooling? and why is he trying to fool them?

    Same exact questions I asked about him with all that “not sure who we are taking with the #1 pick” stuff. It’s like, it’s the first pick man. You don’t have to smokescreen anyone they can’t take it from you or jump you?

    Overthinking and unnecessary misdirection has got to be the NUMBER ONE downfall of professional sports coaches. Cliff off to a great start…

  21. Tactful misdirection is fine, and useful. Gratuitous misdirection is counterproductive. Every time.

  22. What’s to see. You dumped your starting qb for this guy so he can sit on the bench? Right.

  23. Kyler Murray doesn’t think he isn’t starting. Hundley doesnt’ think is IS starting. No one on the team thinks Hundley is starting. No one on the coaching staftt thinks Hundley is starting. No one in the NFL thinks Hundley is starting. No one in the media thinks Hundley is starting… Again, WHO is Kingsbury trying to fool and why? Benefit of being publicly and privately all in and behind your franchise Qb far out weighs any nonsensical gain produced by this “we dont’ know yet” rhetoric.

  24. joshr99164 says:
    May 2, 2019 at 11:44 am
    A bad offensive line and your only reliable receiver is 35 years old.

    Should go well.
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    Their only reliable WR is 35? 2nd year WR Christian Kirk is just 22, All-Pro Dual Threat RB/WR David Johnson is just 26 n doubles as an Elite #2WR. AZ has 3 good receiving TE’s. All 3 of Arizona’s rookie WR’s are just Andy Isabella ,Hakeem Butler and Keesean Johnson are just 22yrs old and 2 of those WR’s are Fred BIletnikoff award finalists which are given to the best WR’s in the Country. Isabella in 2018, he led the country in receiving yards per game (141.5) and was named to the 2018 College Football All-America Team. Isabella was Pro Football Focus’s highest rated wide receiver in college football, posting a season grade of 93.2 leading the Nation with 102 receptions for 1700YDs AVG 16.6 YD/REC w/ 13TDs. Hakeem Butler had 60 receptions for 1,318YDs AVG 22.1 YD/REC w/ 9TDs while WR Keesean Johnson finished in the top 10 nationally with 95 receptions and 1,340 receiving yards (14.1 average), scoring eight times to garner second-team All-Mountain West accolades.
    And that 35yr old WR is still playing at an Elite level and if he plays just 2.5 years he will rank #1 All-Time in receptions need 237 to do so.
    The Cardinals OL will be good this season w/ the additions they’ve made up front along with having their starting OL men back fully healthy w/ some quality backups behind the starters. Having an elusive mobile QB w/ elite 4.30spd like Kyler Murray makes life much easier for OL men and can hide a lot of issues up front, AZ’s QB’s are no longer soooo dependent on needing excellent pass protection to operate , Murray doesn’t great pass protection to operate the offense.

  25. It’s AMAZING how many owners/G.M.s/coaches/fans think a “TOP” quarterback
    is going to get something done with only one quality receiving option.
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    Yeah, it’s quite amazing – except for the fact that NE has done exactly this for the last 20 years. I might be wrong, but I think they’ve done pretty well with a TOP quarterback and lesser receivers.

  26. This is going to end very badly for the Cardinals. To think just 10 years ago they were in the Super Bowl and in recent years under Bruce Arians they were in playoffs. They will picking number #1 AGAIN next year. Hopefully by that point they’ll get a new GM and trade the pick to rebuild the team.

  27. Doesn’t sound like Kliff is confident that Murray will survive the preseason (or mini camp) in the NFL…not a huge vote of confidence for wonder boy “flash”, when it appears the HC is hedging his bets. The fact that Murray has little to no experience, save one year of college playing under the protection of OU, is a whole different world than the harshness of the NFL. Having a score of 20 on the Wonderlic, doesn’t exactly put Murray “ahead of the pack” in terms of digesting the playbook and being able to translate concepts from page to the playing field, in real time, with real pressure, and real monster opponents.
    I feel kinda bad for this kid, who the Cards have pretty much set up in a no-win situations, in much the same way they set up Steve Wilks last season to accomplish single handedly something that is realistic not going to happen. Bottom line…the Cardinals need a new Owner who is invested in winning and knows the first thing about professional football.

  28. Gee thanks Kingsbury now I have wipe off my computer after spitting out my water in laughter after reading about being excited about Brett Hundley

  29. ill42 says:
    May 2, 2019 at 11:41 am

    vaphinfan says:
    May 2, 2019 at 11:23 am
    Id trust this organization. The way they fleeced the Dolphins in the Rosen trade is mind boggling. But then again the Dolphins staff isn’t exactly the best or close to average.
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    They fleeced the Dolphins??? Miami got a QB who was drafted in the Top 10 a year ago for a late 2nd, and he’s under contract for 3 years at a TOTAL of $6 million. I’m honestly shocked half the league was lining up to make that deal.
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    “Fleeced” has become the most overused, and overrated word on here lately. LOL

    I’m not a Fins or Cardinals’ fan, but let’s face it, the Cardinals were a train wreck last year. No QB could have performed well playing behind that OL.

  30. vaphinfan, exactly what planet are you on? Dolphins sheered the Cardinals. For a former number one pick they sent them a 4th round pick. My math shows that to be a through fleecing.

  31. Tell him again how this guy got an NFL head coaching job. Does he think we are stupid? Of course Kyler Murray is going to be the starter. They traded away the bbn only other viable starting QB option. Oh wait, Kanoff is going to start week one, right? What a marroon?

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