Uncertainty on Kyler Murray’s starting status is common for first overall QBs

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The Cardinals seem uncertain about whether rookie quarterback Kyler Murray will start Week One, with General Manager Steve Keim saying he will, and coach Kliff Kingsbury not sounding so sure.

That uncertainty is not such a surprise, as first overall quarterbacks starting Week One has been a 50-50 proposition. Of the last 10 quarterbacks picked first overall, five started Week One and five did not.

Here are the last 10 quarterbacks to go first overall, and when they started their first games:

2018: Baker Mayfield didn’t start until the fourth game of the season, after an injury to Tyrod Taylor.

2016: Jared Goff didn’t start until Week 11, after Case Keenum struggled.

2015: Jameis Winston started all 16 games as a rookie.

2012: Andrew Luck started all 16 games as a rookie.

2011: Cam Newton started all 16 games as a rookie.

2010: Sam Bradford started all 16 games as a rookie.

2009: Matthew Stafford started Week One and remained the starter when healthy.

2007: JaMarcus Russell didn’t start until the final game of the season.

2005: Alex Smith didn’t start until Week Five, after Tim Rattay was benched.

2004: Eli Manning didn’t start until the 10th game of the season, after Kurt Warner was benched.

Murray seems more likely than not to start, largely because the Cardinals, unlike some of those teams listed above, don’t have any experienced veteran quarterbacks to start in his place: Their only other quarterbacks are Brett Hundley (whose only starting experience is in place of an injured Aaron Rodgers) and Chad Kanoff (whom you’ve never heard of, and neither have I). First overall picks starting is usually a 50-50 bet, but in this case the better bet is that Murray will be out there when the Cardinals open their season against the Lions on September 8.

11 responses to “Uncertainty on Kyler Murray’s starting status is common for first overall QBs

  1. Kyler Murray most definitely will be starting week 1, he’s to good not to. And Murray knows Arizona’s inside and out already having ran it at OU, the terminology is different with several months and a training camp to get through before the season kicks off that wont be an issue. Murray is definitely going to be the starter come week 1.

  2. I think the announcement to start Murray week 1 was made after a meeting with the owner and the head of season ticket sales. If you know Murray is going to start week 1, wouldn’t you be more inclined to purchase tickets? Of course you would. That memo hadn’t reached the coach’s desk by the time he was asked that question. The owner had a little chat with Keim by the time he was asked. So even if you aren’t a winning team, you still have the ability to make a lot of money. I don’t think this is a real head scratcher.

  3. Thank you coach Keim. Why don’t you leave that decision to the Head coach to make and you concentrate on your job that you are clearly Failing!!

  4. 2007: JaMarcus Russell didn’t start until the final game of the season.
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    Technically the idea was to have Russell start all 16 games but his lethargic saunter to the field lasted 16 weeks. 17 weeks if you count the bye.

  5. Unless you have an established veteran, you shouldn’t know who your starting QB will be in April/May. If you do, you’re doing it wrong.

  6. Carson Wentz started every game his rookie year after missing all preseason games except the first quarter of game one when he suffered broken rib.

  7. That little dude is going to be eaten alive. Be lucky if he makes it out of the preseason without going on injured reserve.

  8. hawkkiller says:

    May 6, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Kyler Murray most definitely will be starting week 1, he’s to good not to. And Murray knows Arizona’s inside and out already having ran it at OU, the terminology is different with several months and a training camp to get through before the season kicks off that wont be an issue. Murray is definitely going to be the starter come week 1.
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    Your tune has completely changed. Leading up to the draft you were all in on Rosen and saying the Dumpster fire wasn’t going to draft Murray and now your the first one on the hype train…Don’t really have much of a choice though, Cardinals went all in on this new coach and new QB, and a really polarizing WR with stone hands. Hopefully it pans out. The hawks would like some other competition this year besides the RAMS.

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