Kyler Murray: It’s time for the Cardinals to contend

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Kyler Murray went 42-0 at Allen High School in winning three Texas state titles. He went 12-2 at Oklahoma, getting the Sooners to the College Football Playoff.

So last year’s 5-10-1 record didn’t sit well with Murray. Neither did Sunday’s last-minute loss to the Dolphins, and it showed on the quarterback’s face as he quickly departed the field afterward.

He is ready for the Cardinals to contend now. Not next year or the year after.

It’s time,” Murray said, via Kyle Odegard of the team website. “It’s Year 2. There’s not time to wait around and say, ‘We’ll do this in Year 6 or Year 7.’ You never know. You never know when your last snap is going to be. I’m always striving to get better, always striving to be the best.”

In the past four games, Murray has a passer rating of 111.7 and is averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Since Week 5, the Cardinals are averaging 34 points per game.

Murray went into the season as a long shot for the MVP award after winning offensive rookie of the year with 3,722 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2019. His MVP odds have improved with him on pace for 4,260 passing yards and 1,086 rushing yards.

No quarterback in the NFL ever has thrown for 4,000 yards and run for 1,000 in the same season.

“I feel like I’m the best player on the field,” Murray said. “I always have the ball in my hands. It’s my job to lead the offense down the field and put touchdowns up. I don’t limit myself to any amount of time needed or years or anything like that. I’m obviously a lot more comfortable in understanding the offense. Our guys are more comfortable. We’re playing a lot better.”

23 responses to “Kyler Murray: It’s time for the Cardinals to contend

  1. Tell Coach Kingsbury.

    On fourth-and-inches with the Miami game tied at 31 with 5:20 left in the fourth quarter, Kingsbury called for a hand-off to Chase Edmonds instead of having Kyler, who had a career-high 106 rushing yards in the game, take it himself. Edmonds got stuffed and the game was lost.

    For us watching here in AZ, it was right up there with the Seahawks inexplicably not handing the ball to the Beast in the SuperBowl. No one can stop Kyler from getting “inches”. Sometime’s you outsmart yourself.

  2. It’s time for the Bills to contend, too, so I expect neither quarterback to relent one bit come Sunday. Should be fun to watch

  3. No one can stop Kyler from getting “inches”. Sometime’s you outsmart yourself.

    He’s like 5’2″ and 180 lbs he’s pretty easy to stop in short yardage situations.

  4. Well Kylar ya should have played baseball and shouldn’t play for a coach who has a losing record. Your career is DOOMED.

  5. Arizona needs to take advantage of Murray’s youth and speed….and they need to do it over the next few years.

    Pocket QBs get smarter and more accurate as time goes on. THey age well, like Brady, Brees and Rodgers.

    QBs that depend on their running skills will get slower and more injury-prone as they age. I can’t see a QB like Murray play until he’s remotely close to 40.

  6. I wasn’t that high on him when coming. put but he’s prove me wrong. one of the most exciting playets to watch in a long time. here’s hoping he can last with that smallish frame.

  7. Bills fan. Obvious who I’m rooting for this weekend but I respect the heck out of Murray. I can only imagine how often he was told he was too short and wouldn’t make it. He’s also a great baseball player, having been selected in the first round by Oakland. Would love to see him play a little baseball, ala Deion.

  8. “He’s like 5’2″ and 180 lbs he’s pretty easy to stop in short yardage situations.”

    Oh, is he. He doesn’t do QB sneaks. If he gets to the outside or finds any gaps outside the box, he’s not that easy to stop. Especially not “pretty easy”.

    How many complete Cards games have you watched this season…any ?

  9. dogsrule says:
    November 13, 2020 at 12:42 pm
    Tell Coach Kingsbury.

    On fourth-and-inches…Edmonds got stuffed and the game was lost…No one can stop Kyler from getting “inches”. Sometime’s you outsmart yourself.
    ———-

    Kyler is a fast dude and very elusive, great runner. But have you seen his size? He is not the type to run into contact or QB sneak lol. The dude would prob get hurt or lose yards on a sneak.

  10. He’s right it’s time for them to contend, so is Kurt suiting up again on Sunday? Did someone find a way to bring him back in his prime?

  11. Typical modern cupcake athlete – Kyler – the fake QB. Real players would treat the start of the season as the start of contending. I hope this guy injures his legs and is reduced to being a third string journeyman player who can’t win a game again.

  12. It’s almost as if some of you have never seen Kyler Murray play a day in your life, and you bust out with these incomprehensibly stupid puddin’ head takes by saying he’s a running quarterback first. Not only does he have a rocket arm, he is incredibly accurate and he always looks to throw first. He obviously has designed runs, but the guy is as shifty as Dante Hall from back in the day. Maybe actually watch someone play first before coming with some god awful HOT TAEKS

  13. This is what bothers me about these highly drafted QBs.
    They have never lost, in any level. How do you know how they will handle any losing stretch?

  14. I agree, the window for the Cardinals is now. All they need is a franchise QB and they are set to make a playoff run.

  15. floridaman07 says:

    November 14, 2020 at 5:24 am

    It’s almost as if some of you have never seen Kyler Murray play a day in your life, and you bust out with these incomprehensibly stupid puddin’ head takes by saying he’s a running quarterback first. Not only does he have a rocket arm, he is incredibly accurate and he always looks to throw first. He obviously has designed runs, but the guy is as shifty as Dante Hall from back in the day. Maybe actually watch someone play first before coming with some god awful HOT TAEKS

    Right?? I don’t think the league will ever figure Lamar Jacks….errr…Kyler Murray out… pfffftt…

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