Kyler Murray has accomplished a rare feat, twice in his career

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At a time when many remain focused on the extent to which the Saints are, or aren’t, throwing the football down the field, a much younger quarterback than Drew Brees has made a strange kind of history early in that quarterback’s career.

Via Scott Kacsmar, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has generated two of the four lowest passing yardage performances with 24 or more completions since 1950.

Murray’s performance against the Panthers, during which he generated 133 yards on 24 completions, ranked No. 1 on the list.

Murray also lands at No. 4, thanks to a Week 11 performance against the 49ers during which he generated 150 yards on 24 completions.

At No. 2? Shane Matthews from 2001, at 138 yards on 24 completions in a Bears’ loss to Baltimore. Third on the list is J.P. Losman, who had 148 yards on 24 completion in a Bills loss to the Jets.

Not surprisingly, each of the quarterbacks in the top four spots for lowest yardage on 24 or more completions saw their teams lose. After the Cardinals started 2-0, they’ve now lost two in a row. If they don’t start pushing the ball down the field more effectively, there will be more losses than wins over the balance of the season.

10 responses to “Kyler Murray has accomplished a rare feat, twice in his career

  1. maybe despite adding d hop, that texas tech offense has begun to be taken on by smarter d coordinators with players talented enough to be able to implement their schemes, unlike their college opponents. sort of like spurrier or the run and shoot adherents.

    havent seen enough of arizona this year to say that is what is happening, but the nfl has a way of pressurizing any system to find the leaks.

  2. Very true. But we should point out that he had almost 80 yards on the ground. and 3 TDs. But the Panthers did so well keeping him in the pocket.

  3. The Cardinals are a rare team where you can see the highlights and think they’ll be really fun to watch, then you watch a full game and are bored almost instantly. Murray’s highlight plays are great but play in and play out that offense is not exciting.

  4. I didn’t get a chance to watch the game, but I remember looking at the box score and having to do a double take because of how little yards he had compared to how many times he put the ball up in the air.

  5. “Murray’s highlight plays are great but play in and play out that offense is not exciting.”

    It’s not really designed to be. It’s built around using short passes as an extension of the running game. It’s more exciting at the college level because tackles are missed so lots of 5-yard passes turn into 30-yard plays. But in the NFL where guys can stick with receivers and promptly tackle them you don’t see many big plays. For that reason I’m still not convinced it can be an NFL team’s primary offense and actually take them anywhere. I have visions of it producing absolutely nothing in the playoffs where you’d be facing better defenses that had really prepared for it.

  6. I don’t understand why you had to take a swipe at Brees. Seems petty, but I would expect nothing less from you.

  7. Takes a lot of work and being a special talent to find yourself on a list with J.P. Losman.

  8. This factoid illustrates that completion percentage doesn’t mean much. Any qb can complete a lot of passes, and a high percentage, if they throw 10-15 bubble screens per game. And as several commenters point out, this information says more about the Cardinals offense & play calling than it does about Kyler Murray. He is a dynamic player and barely into his second season. He’s had some bad games but he’s also had some productive ones and there will be many more of those.

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