Kyler Murray finds it “frustrating” and “weird” not to make the playoffs

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Kyler Murray has been the Cardinals’ starting quarterback for two years, and he hasn’t been to the playoffs yet. He’s not happy about that.

Murray told the team’s website that

“Emotionally [last season] was definitely frustrating, especially for a guy like me,” Murray said. “I want to win. Not going to the playoffs is weird for me. I know it’s the NFL and I haven’t been yet, but . . . I’ve always played past the regular season, in every sport. It’s different. I am definitely not looking to get used to that. It’s definitely upsetting, lot of anger and frustrating when you are losing those games you think you should win. At the same time, I’m a self-motivated guy. I take all that as motivation.”

With Murray and head coach Kliff Kingsbury heading into Year 3, the time for the Cardinals to take the next step is now. If they don’t, Kingsbury may not be coaching Murray in Year 4.

26 responses to “Kyler Murray finds it “frustrating” and “weird” not to make the playoffs

  1. He won’t make the playoffs until he firmly commits to football. He’s already said in past interviews he still is entertaining the thought of playing baseball. He’s got to be all in on being a football player if he wants to make the playoffs.

  2. Murray is overrated and he has had (and now has more) talent around him. What will the excuse be this year if they don’t make the playoffs?

  3. Arizona’s kicker let the team down in a major way last season. Murray played more than good enough to get AZ to the playoffs last season, in three different games with just seconds remaining on the clock Murray drove AZ down the field putting them into position to win the game only for K Zane Gonzalez to miss the kick shanking it otherwise Arizona wins 11 games last year. Needless to say Zane is no longer on the team, Arizona went out and signed one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL in Matt Prater.

    Arizona’s roster heading into 2021 is stacked on both sides of the ball. Murray has an excellent offensive line in front off I’m protecting him and an offense loaded with talent around Murray allowing Kingsbury to run his entire playbook now that he has the weapons at receiver to do so. Arizona has the talent to field one of the NFC’s best offences and Defensively their roster is stacked with the talent to give them one of the best front 7’s and pass rush’s in the NFL. The Cardinals should have no problem making the playoffs in 2021 as one of the best defenses in the league.

  4. I’m the biggest Cardinal fan you will find..but indont think the Cardinals roster is “stacked”… however…

    These armchair quarterbacks in here proclaiming that Murray cant win…do not realize just how Barren the Cardinals roster actually was when Murray was drafted.

    The OLINE was HORRIFIC… the LB Corp may have actually been worse (unless you consider Chandler Jones to be an OLB).

    David Johnson was shot… and they had a weak secondary aside from Patrick Peterson.

    They realistically gad a handful of good players… Murray, Jones, Peterson (declining) and Fitzgerald (Declining).

    His career arc is more favorable so far than Baker Mayfield…(who regressed in season 2) and Murray started his NFL career a year earlier than baker at age 22.

  5. “His career arc is more favorable so far than Baker Mayfield…(who regressed in season 2) and Murray started his NFL career a year earlier than baker at age 22.”
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    I don’t agree with this at all. At least Murray has had the same HC since he was drafted. Any QB is gonna have problems if the team changes HC or OC constantly, as Mayfield has had to deal with.

    His regression in year two was noticeable, but on the other hand he did a great job last year getting the turnovers under control, and they had a good run in the playoffs – and the D let the Browns down much more than the offense.

    I know Mayfield has a lot of growing to do, but last year he showed he’s on the right track.

  6. As a fan I find it “frustrating” and “weird” that the franchise has put all of its eggs into the Kyler Murray basket

  7. Maybe hiring a coach that actually knows how to win games might help. Kingsbury was a losing coach in college, don’t know what Arizona saw when they hired him but bad decisions from Keim keep this team from being able to build a winning team.

  8. You’re playing with professionals now. Expecting to get into the playoffs just because you always have in high school/college won’t cut it in the nfl.

  9. minime says:
    June 28, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Cards are a mediocre team with a running back as QB.
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    Running back? You obviously don’t watch much Cardinals football. ESPN highlights don’t count.
    So much negativity around running QBs, who are actually far more successful than the average drop back QB. You got 2 or 3 running QBs per year and yet they are supposed to battle 29 other QBs to win the SB. If the sample were closer to even, I think the results would be a lot different.

  10. hawkkiller says:
    June 28, 2021 at 8:31 am
    Arizona’s kicker let the team down in a major way last season. Murray played more than good enough to get AZ to the playoffs last season, in three different games with just seconds remaining on the clock Murray drove AZ down the field putting them into position to win the game only for K Zane Gonzalez to miss the kick shanking it otherwise Arizona wins 11 games last year. Needless to say Zane is no longer on the team, Arizona went out and signed one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL in Matt Prater.
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    Please let us all know which game exactly that a field goal would’ve won the game for the Cards. They never lost a game last season by 1 or 2 points. Last second field goal? Please let us know all these games where he missed a field goal within the final 2 minutes. Truth… Of Arizona’s 8 wins last season, 6 wins came against teams that finished the season under .500 .

  11. As a Packers fan and owner who is used to the playoffs, I do sympathize with Kyler. Maybe he would consider playing for the Brewers so he’s nearby if Aaron doesn’t work out? That way he is guaranteed to be on a contender.

  12. I wonder how he will feel when the Cardinals decide not to give him the big quarterback contract and move on. How will he feel as a starter on a team worse than Arizona, or even as a backup?

  13. The franchise moved to Arizona in the 80s and has had one freak season of relevance (with Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald in his prime) ever since. I’m stumped too, Kyler.

  14. Maybe he should move to weaker division, Cards aren’t winning the West anytime soon.

  15. Hey Kyler we feel your frustration. You can’t always get what you want Ever thought about baseball instead?

  16. Need a kicker if you want to make the Playoffs. Browns found that out the hard way. Not sure why the Cardinals then proceeded to sign former Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez. I don’t follow the Cardinals but I don’t need to to know that he’s most likely directly costed you a game or 2… or 4.

  17. It’s a QB league and young QB’s usually take about 2 to 3 years to figure out what defensive coordinators are going to try to do to stop them. You’re not going to outrun anybody and stay healthy enough to win in the NFL. It’s a chess match, and the smart QB’s dominate. Look at Tom Brady. He’s perhaps the worst athlete of all times at QB, yet 7 rings. It’s definitely a QB league, and the position is definitely played between the ears. Murray is getting closer every day. His height is a disadvantage, but he makes up for it in other ways. This could be the year the Cardinals get to the super bowl. I guarantee you there aren’t a lot of teams looking forward to facing Murray and the Cards. They’re knocking on the door.

  18. Its just a shame to see Murray and the Cards keep coming up a (little short) to make the playoffs… LOL

    Ill see myself out.

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