Kyler Murray’s clapping motions were “too abrupt” on false starts

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Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray got slapped with a pair of false start penalties for the motions he was making in calling for the snap Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders.

According to Josh Weinfuss of, Murray said officials too hold him the clapping motions he was making were “too abrupt” and “not smooth enough as far as bringing my hands together.”

Clapping to trigger a snap has become more prominent in college football in recent years. The action itself is legal but the manner in which Murray was executing it was deemed to have crossed a line in simulating a snap. The rule itself reads for players in shotgun formation: “A player who is in position to receive the snap in shotgun formation is permitted to shift his feet prior to the snap, but any quick and abrupt movement is a False Start. This includes thrusting his hands forward when there is not a simultaneous snap.”

“I think it’s the first time for certain officials to see it, and we’ve been in contact with the league and had a great conversation on it,” Kingsbury said. “We’re going to work through that and make sure everybody’s on the same page. We want to be on the same page as them and make sure we’re doing things that they deem legal.”

“To me, it’s like any other hard count,” Murray said. “It’s the defense’s job to watch the ball, so it really doesn’t make sense to me. I think we’re trying to fix things right now.”

That isn’t the way Carl Cheffers’ crew saw it on Thursday night. If that’s the standard the rest of the crews are going to follow, Murray and the Cardinals may have to adjust their procedures slightly to compensate.

16 responses to “Kyler Murray’s clapping motions were “too abrupt” on false starts

  1. I quote Lamarcus Joyner who sacked Murray for a Safety .. “pretty boy football”

    Joyner hates college offenses in NFL.

    “When you go against an offense like that, you have to introduce that physicality to them because they don’t want to do that.”

    “I wanna run that kind of offense out of the NFL.” 

  2. We officially have a second Antonio Brown. Murray was intentionally trying to draw the defense offside and CLEARLY violated the rule. He even held his hands apart after the clap to receive the ball. Read Kingsbury’s lips after the play when he told the referee that they were allowed to simulate the snap with sudden motion “in collage”! Neither coach nor player knew the rule. This is going to be a fun season for the Cardinal fans with the not ready for prime time players. I can’t wait for them to try that with the Rams. Darnold will be on him before the flag hits the ground.

  3. Get under center like a real QB and this won’t be a problem. Now get off my lawn!

  4. So, now his gimmick has been exposed as illegal in the NFL. This should be interesting.

  5. The Raider D is looking way faster and better already ..Murray cant play like he did in college the NFL is a lot smarter .

    Great Raider game on both sides of the ball !!

    RAIDER 2019

  6. Thank goodness, the rookie QB and rookie college coach are gonna ‘fix” the NFL…how did it ever function without them?!?!

  7. Clapping is the least of his worries. You saw all the problems with that offense in that game. It works in college because you have lots of defenders who miss tackles which turn 3-yard passes into 15-yard gains. But that doesn’t happen in the NFL. If you can’t stretch the field you wind up with the entire defense near the line of scrimmage taking all your spacing away.

  8. I couldn’t be happier that Gruden did not reach for this guy and try trading up. He is NOT ready for the speed of the game. If the Raiders pass rush can throw him, god bless him against much better defenses.

  9. Of course Kingsbury doesn’t see it as a penalty. The problem is that it clearly is and the NFL and it’s players don’t care about what is allowed in the NCAA. There’s an easy solution to this Kingsbury…tell him not to do it. That’s called being on the same page by following the rules.

  10. It’s a dumb rule, but they changed this a long time ago. Peyton Manning even got hit for it before he changed his habits (I cannot be sure, but possibly Brady too? I may be wrong). Either way, the clapping thing has been illegal for some years now. Even though it is silly, I do appreciate the fact that the defenders got a rule change in their favor for once.

    That said, an experienced NFL coach would definitely have said something to Murray about it. Kingsbury may not have realized it, but his OC should have seen it in practice or somewhere.

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