Kliff Kingsbury thinks Cardinals have “come to an understanding” on pre-snap claps

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Part of Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray‘s rough night against the Raiders on Thursday were a pair of false start penalties triggered by the clapping motion Murray makes before snaps out of the shotgun.

Murray said after the game that officials told him the motion was too abrupt and “not smooth enough as far as bringing my hands together.” He and Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said they believed the motion was no different than a hard count, but league rules bar quarterbacks from bringing their hands forward without a simultaneous snap.

Kingsbury said Saturday that conversations with officiating head Al Riveron and others have left the team feeling surer about what they can and can’t do before the snap.

“I feel we are in a good place with it,” Kingsbury said, via the team’s website. “It’s just something new and there is some subjectivity to it, but I think we have come to an understanding. . . . Just an abrupt motion without the actual clap is what we have to avoid. We’ve come to that place and we understand that.”

Clapping as part of the cadence is popular in college, so it appears this will just be part of the learning process for Murray and Kingsbury as they transition to the professional ranks this year.

14 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury thinks Cardinals have “come to an understanding” on pre-snap claps

  1. After the first game, Murray was being fitted for a Hall of Fame jacket and being measured for a bust. After this week he looks like a bust.

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  3. The sooner Kingsbury realizes that he is not coaching a college football team any more, the better for the Cardinals. But I have a feeling this will not end well either way.

  4. What exactly is a clap without an abrupt motion? A wringing of the hands? Regardless, seems like a pretty juvenile thing for a NFL quarterback to do.

  5. It was a referee clown show in that game. They were very questionable calls. Seen way worse get passed on. In regards to the clapping its very amateurish. Doesnt belong in pro football.

  6. Really?
    I mean, REALLY?

    Come on!!

    The NFL needs to relax.
    Don’t they know this is Kyler Murray?

  7. Murray will be fine. I like his arm and motor Fitz has given him
    His seal of approval. Good enough for me.

  8. Can’t remember this ever being called before. You see it all the time when the play clock is winding down and the QB is trying to get the center to snap the ball.

  9. This college stuff…. I don’t think it’s going to work out here. Just like chip Kelly, kingsbury will be back with the amateurs in a couple years. Murray? Kid is talented but I don’t know. This kind of coaching will set him back a bit. He might never recover.

  10. Can’t wait for this clown to fall on his face. He will be the biggest draft bust ever – overhyped on a rather specious college record – just like that clown in Washington who played one year in an athletic supporter and has been proclaimed to be the next coming of…. the Great Gimmick!

  11. Clapping from a QB has been around as long as the shot gun. Basically it’s a single to the center to start the play. Most of the it triggers a silent countdown. From what I can tell, Murray was called for widening his hands before he clapped them. The Refs are saying he did this to draw the DL offsides. Really? Aren’t D-Linemen taught to watch the center form ball movement? What about hard counts? D-lineman sometime jump offsides as well. Should that be illegal too? Come on NFL stop the nitpicking.

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