Kyler Murray halfway to NFL’s first 4,000-yard passing, 1,000-yard rushing season

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Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is putting up numbers like no one before him in NFL history.

Halfway through the 2020 season, Murray has 2,130 passing yards and 543 rushing yards. That puts him on pace to pass for 4,260 yards and run for 1,086 yards this season. That would be the first 4,000-yard passing, 1,000-yard rushing season in NFL history.

No other quarterback has come particularly close to 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing. The most passing yards ever gained by a 1,000-yard rusher was 3,127 yards by Lamar Jackson last year. The most rushing yards ever gained by a 4,000-yard passer was 706 yards by Cam Newton in 2011.

In Kliff Kingbsbury’s offense, Murray is playing in a system perfect for his skills. And it’s allowing him to do things that no quarterback has done before.

41 responses to “Kyler Murray halfway to NFL’s first 4,000-yard passing, 1,000-yard rushing season

  1. I love that he’s been relatively under the radar doing it as well. As a Sooner fan I’m loving it.

    He’s like Lamar Jackson but, you know, an actual QB.

  2. Best QB in the league not names Mahomes. And he rarely takes hits. I’ve watched every game of his career and he’s taken one good hit and it was last week against the Dolphins.

  3. When Kyler came in the league I thought his size would be a deterrent. The young man has proven me wrong many times. Exciting player and great teammate.

  4. Arizona taking Kyler Murray 1st overall a year after drafting Josh Rosen should be the blueprint for building an NFL franchise. The “experts” blasted them for not taking Nick Bosa. Where would they be now? Last in their division no doubt.

    It’s why Washington made a colossal mistake drafting Chase Young over Tua this year. A star pass rusher changes nothing. A franchise QB changes everything and is always worth the risk.

  5. I hate to admit it but I sure wish the Browns would have had the 1st pick in 2019 instead of 2018! Trying to be objective, it sure looks like Kyler is going to be a much more impactful QB than Baker!

  6. Kyler Murray is what everyone hoped Lamar Jackson would be. Murray can hang in the pocket, not panic, and make good throws. If he gets into trouble, he can turn on the jets and escape trouble. The big problem with Jackson is he’s a one trick pony. Once the injuries start piling up, his skills translate to a backup QB due to his average passing ability. Lamar might be great in the short term, but Murray will have the longer career.

  7. But didn’t all of the experts tell us he was too short to play? They all told us that his passes would get batted at the line of scrimmage and that he wouldn’t be able to endure the hits.

  8. If I were a receiver, I’d hate my job in Arizona or Seattle. Maybe I’m old school, but a quarterback throws, or hands-off. And what’s this commenter (catchanotherpassadams) talking about size deterrants? From what I see in KM and countless others (QBs, RBs and most notably WRs). These guys coming in make the league look like collegiate. The skinny legs and no mass. So for babyface Kyler to come in, it’s a same field to him, nothing to fear. Put some of these new players beside — oh I don’t know — Eric Dickerson, Lawrence Taylor, Scott Mitchell, Mark Bavaro, Refridgerator Perry, Shannon Sharpe, Thurman Thomas, Christian Okoye. Murray should thank the Heavans he was only born in 2010.

  9. chickensalad43 says:
    November 12, 2020 at 9:21 am
    Arizona taking Kyler Murray 1st overall a year after drafting Josh Rosen should be the blueprint for building an NFL franchise. The “experts” blasted them for not taking Nick Bosa. Where would they be now? Last in their division no doubt.

    It’s why Washington made a colossal mistake drafting Chase Young over Tua this year. A star pass rusher changes nothing. A franchise QB changes everything and is always worth the risk.

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    I agree completely. I think Rob Rivera wanted to see what he had in Dwayne Haskins. With Haskins being benched and banished to the practice squad so early in the season, it looks like Rivera has his mind made up and I fully expect them to take a QB in the upcoming draft. They’re likely out of contention for Lawrence or Fields, but I could see them taking Trey Lance if they don’t try to trade up for one of the other two.

  10. grippscribbles says:
    November 12, 2020 at 12:56 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview, your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    chickensalad43 says: November 12, 2020 at 9:21 am Arizona taking Kyler Murray 1st overall a year after drafting Josh Rosen should be the blueprint for building an NFL franchise. The “experts” blasted them for not taking Nick Bosa. Where would they be now? Last in their division no doubt. It’s why Washington made a colossal mistake drafting Chase Young over Tua this year. A star pass rusher changes nothing. A franchise QB changes everything and is always worth the risk. ————————————————————— I agree completely. I think Rob Rivera wanted to see what he had in Dwayne Haskins. With Haskins being benched and banished to the practice squad so early in the season, it looks like Rivera has his mind made up and I fully expect them to take a QB in the upcoming draft. They’re likely out of contention for Lawrence or Fields, but I could see them taking Trey Lance if they don’t try to trade up for one of the other two.

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    Autocorrect got me. Ron*** Rivera.

  11. It ain’t just the system dude. Lamar Jackson could only DREAM of throwing like Kyler. Only Aaron Rodgers and mahomes can throw like that dude, he is deadly accurate and throws a beautiful ball. Kyler can run and may even be the quickest player in the league, but he is all quarterback first and that’s what I love about him

  12. Remember Lamer missed the last game of the season and 4 or 5 other games came out the 4th quarter for blowing teams out. The way those blowouts were going I’m convinced he would of out up over 4,000 passing 42 touchdowns, 1,300 to 1,400 yards rushing. So let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

  13. footballnut says:
    November 12, 2020 at 12:03 pm
    If I were a receiver, I’d hate my job in Arizona or Seattle. Maybe I’m old school, but a quarterback throws, or hands-off.
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    So, you are really just ‘kind of old school’? Remember that in the early days, a forward pass wasn’t even legal. In those days, any of the backs might carry the ball. I am 50+ years old myself, so it shouldn’t be just age making you think that, but rather it sounds like a very closed mind to opportunities provided by talented athletes.

  14. Well, thanks to the fact that you can hardly even touch a QB these days..even when they are out of the pocket and running! Its downright ridiculous, QB’s get an extra 2-3 yards on the sideline acting like they are going to run out but take the extra couple of steps since the defender has to assume he is running out to avoid a penalty.
    Pretty soon all teams will have mobile QBs at this rate or atleast a backup like Hill or Jalen Hurts. QB’s are getting shorter, Tua/Kyler/Etc because the Coaches realize defenses are almost helpless against stopping a running QB.

  15. I’d make some snarky remark about Kyler being RG4, but he is showing signs of improving as a pocket passer, so I’ll hold off.

  16. A QBs running ability will only be an asset when it becomes a minor part of his skill set, not primary. Sooner or later defenses will adjust so you either adapt, get hurt or go home or end up like Cam.

  17. deadinbed says:

    November 12, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Impressive numbers. But, if he is continued to be used this way, qb AND rb, injury seems inevitable.

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    That would be true if he was taking unnecessary hits but outside of Wilson Murray is the best slider in the game. People try to equate qb runs to a rb running and getting pounded or to Lamar Jackson who tries to bowl thru guys at times. Not all runs are created equal and a lot of time Murray is picking up chunks of yards with no defenders near.

  18. I love all the Murray haters when the stats don’t lie. I guarantee you if you asked every GM in this league right now who they’d want, it’d be Mahomes or Murray. Aaron Rodgers 3rd. Murray throws it as well as Rodgers and can kill you with his legs. Multiple MVP’s likely coming his way in the future.

  19. For a future HOFer you’d think he might be able to throw a TD to one of, if not the best wide receiver in the league. Take away his legs and his career is over. This guy’s mobility is the ONLY reason he can play the position.

  20. And this is why Kyler is a legit MVP! It’s not opinion or bias, it’s “facts”… Even the money in Vegas on him is second only to Wilson. And yet we still have the second half on the season to go. Enjoy this show folks! Kyler is about to become “legend” and the Cardinals will go deep into the playoffs.

  21. Bobby Wooten says:

    November 12, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    I love all the Murray haters when the stats don’t lie. I guarantee you if you asked every GM in this league right now who they’d want, it’d be Mahomes or Murray. Aaron Rodgers 3rd. Murray throws it as well as Rodgers and can kill you with his legs. Multiple MVP’s likely coming his way in the future

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    I’m not arguing against Murray being great but to say multiple MVPs is likely isnt even close to reality. There have only been 9 players in NFL history to have won multiple mvps so to say Murray, or anyone who has yet to win a single mvp, is likely to win multiple mvps doesnt help your case it just makes you out if touch with reality.

  22. imagine murray on the ravens with that coaching staff…say what you want but harbaugh teams are all most always in the mix.. looked what they cooked up for a rb imagine what they could do with an actual qb who offers the run threat as well

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