Kyler Murray asked Antonio Brown, “Why they gotta bring the house on me, bro?”

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Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray didn’t look like a generational talent in his second preseason game. And it looks like the Raiders specifically wanted to keep that from happening.

Last night’s Hard Knocks includes clips from a Raiders team meeting in advance of the preseason game at Arizona. And coach Jon Gruden was more intent on stopping a guy his team won’t face in a game that counts until 2022 than he was on getting his team ready for Week One at Denver.

“I’m just tellin’ you, when I studied Murray,” Gruden tells his players. “You can say whatver you want. But I ain’t ever seen a quarterback that runs 4.3 that’s a dual threat like this guy. We make a mistake on him, all right, he can hurt us real bad. We gotta contain him, we’ve gotta get after his ass. Have a respect for this cat, now. And he can run, and he can throw. And he doesn’t need a lot of protection. He can find cracks in the defense, he keeps his vision down the field. And it’s hard to flick the ball 60 yards like that on a dime. So this guy’s dangerous. Respect him. Let’s get after his ass.”

Get after his ass the Raiders did, blitzing him multiple times and making him look like much more of a work in progress than he did a week earlier, against the Chargers. After the game against the Raiders, Murray approached receiver Antonio Brown.

“Why they gotta bring the house on me, bro?” Murray asked Brown.

The Raiders considered betting the house on Murray, working out him and Dwayne Haskins before the draft. That prompted quarterback Derek Carr‘s infamous “I’m watching you, Focker” tweet.

Gruden didn’t get a chance to draft Murray, but Gruden’s praise invites speculation as to whether he would have. It’s also tempting to wonder how Carr was feeling as Gruden was praising Murray so effusively.

Sure, the Raiders needed to work on their blitzes in the preseason. But with Arizona not very far from the Raiders’ looming new home and with Murray poised for potential greatness, Thursday night’s game gave the Raiders to throw a temporary wrench in the Cardinals’ plan to unleash Kyler Murray on the NFL. Regardless of whether the Raiders meant to do it, they did.

25 responses to “Kyler Murray asked Antonio Brown, “Why they gotta bring the house on me, bro?”

  1. And coach Jon Gruden was more intent on stopping a guy his team won’t face in a game that counts until 2022 than he was on getting his team ready for Week One at Denver.
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    So you’re not seeing a Raiders-Cardinals Super Bowl in the near future?

  2. Man Murray looks small against AB. And AB is suppose to be 5-10. If AB is 5-10 Murray can’t be more than 5-8.

  3. It doesn’t seem like Murray’s transition from college to the pros is going to be so, shall we say, seamless.

  4. I rarely if ever bet on pre-season games, but I’ve made an exception this season and am cleaning up betting on the Raiders. Not because I think they will be any good once the games count, but because I knew that Gruden is so out of touch with modern game theory that he would be the only coach actually trying to win in the pre-season. The only game they may lose is the third because more teams will use their starters. I plan on paying off my house with game 4 when they will be the only team in the NFL trying to win.

  5. He should get used to it. There’s no reason to not bring the house against a guy who can’t see over his own center. He’ll spend most of the season running for his life and throwing desperation picks before getting injured.

  6. donttrollonme says:
    August 21, 2019 at 1:05 pm
    Why SO MANY on here want Kyler Murray to fail is odd
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    I don’t think it’s so much they want him to fail as much as they wanted Josh Rosen to succeed.

  7. The Raider defense looks wayyy faster this year …despite all the lil peeps bagging on Gruden ,Carr ,Davis and Brown this team is turning the corner this season .Sorry disgruntled fans for no reason…HA HA HA HA

    RN4L

  8. Gruden will be reminded many times how fortunate he is to have Carr at QB rather than the imminent bust, Murray.

  9. Why? Because you’re a division rival, they want to figure out how to beat you most effectively, and they’re not interested in letting you play well or successfully.

    I hope Murray does great, and I hope he doesn’t fall into that Brown mindset that this whole thing is just his own personal showcase.

  10. kevpft says:
    August 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm
    Why? Because you’re a division rival,

    …….
    AFC west, NFC West

  11. In what bizarro world are the Raiders and Cardinals in the same division?

    kevpft says:
    Why? Because you’re a division rival…

  12. inozwetrust says:
    August 21, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    Man Murray looks small against AB. And AB is suppose to be 5-10. If AB is 5-10 Murray can’t be more than 5-8
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    I’ve seen somewhere he is exactly 5’ 7” and 7/8”.

  13. Anyone else see Murray escape out the pocket and start running for the edge only to see Quinlen keeping up. You could see it, Murray suddenly realized how much faster the NFL is. I personally think this offense is going to put him in harms way too often and he doesn’t get through the season.

  14. This whole subject is stupid. The point of first team offense going against first team defense is to see how your starters are coming along. If Murray isn’t ready to face starters in the N.F.L.. That’s his fault. The Raiders are NOT the only team who is blitzing during preseason. If Murray is going to be a quarterback in this league. He better man up.

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