With Kyler Murray, Cardinals copying Ravens’ blueprint with Lamar Jackson

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The Ravens built their offense around Lamar Jackson, and in his second season, the quarterback is the leading candidate for the MVP award.

The Cardinals want to do the same for Kyler Murray, hoping for the same result.

“You see that it took Baltimore a year to kind of figure that out: What does Lamar do the best, and what type of pieces do we bring in?” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said, via Kyle Odegard of the team website. “We’re going to build this thing around Kyler, [what] fits him the best and can maximize his talents as a quarterback.”

Kingsbury tailored the offense to the No. 1 overall choice. He said the team will have Murray’s skill set in mind this offseason while making personnel decisions.

“I think for a 16-game sample size, I can get a good feel for who we can be around him and what he does best,” Kingsbury said. “I do think we’ll have great dialogue this offseason. ‘How do we need to adjust, and what do we need to tweak?’ It’s been an ongoing process week-in and week-out with that.”

In 11 starts, Murray has gone 3-7-1 with a 64.6 completion percentage, 2,703 yards and 14 touchdowns with five interceptions. He also has 418 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.

18 responses to “With Kyler Murray, Cardinals copying Ravens’ blueprint with Lamar Jackson

  1. Except that the Ravens didn’t have months of the off-season to prepare for it in 2018 and Arizona did, Baltimore also went 5-1 in the regular season with Jackson before the playoff loss….something the Cardinals won’t have a chance to replicate.

  2. Lamar will be a top 3 QB for the next 10 years barring injury. He’s that good. Murray will slot in the 7-10 range. NFC West will be tough to win for a long time.

  3. yinzerssuck says:
    November 29, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    Lamar will be a top 3 QB for the next 10 years barring injury. He’s that good. Murray will slot in the 7-10 range. NFC West will be tough to win for a long time.
    Interesting. I highly doubt you predicted Lamar would be a top 3 quarterback over the next 10 years last year during his rookie season. Kyler Murray as a quarterback is ahead of where Lamar was at the same point during his rookie year. I will admit that Murray had the benefit of being the starter from preseason while Lamar didn’t. We really have just scratched the surface with Kyler.

  4. Arizona will need major upgrades in the O-line & defense to get anywhere close to replicate ravens play this year. Mimicking the QB play is a start, but LJ was essentially the final piece, not the foundation (not that he isn’t a foundational piece now)
    Those differences make it a lot harder

  5. The Ravens high school offense is just the shiny new toy right now. After Belichick faces it the second time around, it won’t be as popular.

  6. I’m not a fan of harbaugh, but the guy is a good coach. We don’t really know about Kingsbury & staff yet. LJ might not have made it with his development warped by some of these scrub coaches. Let’s see how good K is at offensive coaching

  7. Are you kidding me, copying the blueprint? The Ravens blueprint wasn’t even completed yet when the Cards drafted Murray!

    OH and exactly who have they put around him? Except for Isabella who’s not done much the same receivers, same OL, one new RB and TE, I don’t see where the Cards added much at all to help Murray! Now the Ravens on the other hand have added all kinds of new toys for Lamar to play with.

  8. I don’t see the comparison…I’d say that Muray has a chance to be more like Russell Wilson than Jackson. Plus, Murray is on an otherwise poor team…they drafted #1 for a reason. Both are really amazing though!

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 29, 2019 at 7:02 pm
    The Ravens high school offense is just the shiny new toy right now.

    How many times have we seen the luster wear off these running QBs after the 1st or 2nd year when teams get some game tape to work with? Last year it was Mahomes that was the new toy and all we heard was Mahomes this and Mahomes that and now he doesn’t look quite like the same QB this year, it’ll be interesting to see if it lasts for more than this season with Lamar. It rarely does for any of them RGIII, VY, Mahomes and many others have had good first or second years only to be knocked down the ladder few rungs in following years, that’s why I refuse to anoint any QB great or a bust until after year 4, by then we have a real good read on them, in years 1 or 2 not so much.

    All I can say for sure right now is I hope this college style football is not what the NFL is coming to because I can watch college ball on Saturday and I refuse to watch it two days in a row! If I have to watch this type of football it won’t be a bunch of over-paid whinny NFL players, it’ll be players that are playing their hearts out trying to get into the NFL, they actually have a lot more of a love for the game that most NFL players have lost in their never-ending quest for MORE & MORE MONEY! It used to be the owners were the only greedy ones, well it must be a very contagious disease because now they’re ALL GREEDY, how much money a year is enough? And for only working 5 months a year I think they’re getting more than enough, I remember when I grew up all the NFL players had second jobs because NFL didn’t pay well enough to support a family and you didn’t hear the players cry like the players do today while they’re making millions/yr, having too much money must also make people sissies!

  10. Oh how people forget. In 2008, the Patriots had their second 21 game win streak snapped when Miami debuted the “Wildcat.” The Dolphins were unstoppable. It wasn’t even close. A few games later, in Miami, the Patriots won 48-28.

    In 2004, the 6-0 Patriots, possibly at the end of their first 21 game win streak, went into Pittsburgh and gave up 21 points in the first 6 minutes. They adjusted, ultimately losing 34-20. But in the AFCCG later that same year, also in Pittsburgh, the Patriots jumped out to a 24-3 lead on route to a 41-27 win over the Steelers (15-1).

    In a reverse situation, the Patriots responded to a Rex Ryan guarantee by thumping the Jets 45-3 at home. A few games later in the divisional round of the playoffs, on the same field, the Jets never trailed, winning 28-21 in a game that didn’t even feel as close as the final score suggested.

    In 2003, the Patriots opened the season with a 31-0 loss to Drew Bledsoe’s Bills in Buffalo. The cover of Sports Illustrated featured an image of a Tom Brady pick 6 with the headline “And Away We Go.” It was supposed to be a coming out party for the Bills. In the last game of the season, the 14-2 Patriots defeated the Bills at home by the score of, you guessed it, 31-0.

    In 2011 (i believe) the Bills overcame a 21-0 deficit on route to a 34-31 OT win over the Patriots. At the end of the season the Patriots overcame a 21-0 deficit to beat the Bills 49-21.

    The point is that you can never predict how the second of two Patriots games will end based on the first. Or maybe you can.

  11. The point is that you can never predict how the second of two Patriots games will end based on the first. Or maybe you can.


    When BB has really good teams with minimal flaws, he saves material for the inevitable rematch.

    His record vs a team in a rematch after the loss is really good in the last 20 years.

  12. With the (reduced) pay structure on rookie contracts the NFL teams can experiment with different offense schemes . As for the previous comment on NFL players being greedy I find it odd that a lot people don’t bat an eye when the 32 team owners bring in billions but they flip out when players try to get a better piece of the pie

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