Report: A.J. Green missed signal from Kyler Murray for back-shoulder fade

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Why didn’t Cardinals receiver A.J. Green turn for the ball on the fateful play that short-circuited what would have been Arizona’s eighth win?

Because Green wasn’t made available after the game, and because the pandemic protocols continue to keep reporters out of the locker room, Green has yet to explain it. Quarterback Kyler Murray called it a miscommunication.

Reportedly, that’s exactly what it was.

Jim Trotter of NFL.com reports that Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury called for a pass play to the other side of the field from Green. However, Murray noticed that Green had a more favorable matchup. Murray signaled for a change, a back-shoulder fade route to Green.

Green, per Trotter, didn’t see the signal and, in turn, didn’t turn around for the ball.

And so ended in dramatic fashion a game that seemed destined for overtime at a minimum, perhaps a Cardinals touchdown and a victory in regulation, and maybe, just maybe, an Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary (or two) to deliver a Packers win.

Instead, Green didn’t turn and cornerback Rasul Douglas (who a month ago was on the Arizona practice squad) made the catch that ended the game.

39 responses to “Report: A.J. Green missed signal from Kyler Murray for back-shoulder fade

  1. The Packer defense deserves the game ball. The offense was less than impressive, outside of running the ball effectively and dominating the time of possession. Great game plan. The Packers did this on the road, in prime time, against the top-ranked and undefeated favorite, and with way too many bad calls against them. Great job Packers.

  2. Refs tried to give cards the game and still failed. Overturn a td without indisputable evidence. Sorry folks the nfl is just entertainment

  3. Can we stop with the Aaron Rodgers being some kind of Hail Mary messiah? He made a couple deep throws in the past and got lucky and all of a sudden he’s perceived as a comeback king. His 4th quarter comeback is ranked #40 tied with Joe Flacco as active players. Peyton Manning, Brady, and Brees are the top 3. Rodgers is a great QB, no question but he is NOT a 4th quarter comeback player he’s perceived to be. He’s a front runner.

  4. He is indeed a front runner, not a comeback king. But if you needed a hail mary in the final seconds, who would you pick over Rodgers to throw it?

  5. He couldn’t hear the audible.

    Packer Nation had seized ownership of State Farm Stadium.

    Time to rest up and get a little healthier. On to KC. Focused.

    OneTeamOneNation

    PackerNation!

  6. Green Bay won, but I don’t think they ar any better than the Rams. Missed field goals (Bengals) and a no-look interception yesterday: lucky..

    Cardinals played early as though they were in awe.

  7. Due to Murray’s scrambling style and GBs blitz with only 14 sec left, should not all receivers be looking back for the ball ( once in the end zone) as Murray looks for the best open man?

  8. Packers got lucky. Their D is a sieve and Green is done.
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    Cardinals were lucky to even have a shot after Jones TD run was wiped out.

  9. touchback6 says:
    October 29, 2021 at 11:34 am
    Packers got lucky. Their D is a sieve and Green is done.

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    5th ranked D in the league and playing without Jaire and Zaire. Stay mad, bruh.

  10. AJ Green is too good to miss that type of play… Something looked real fishy there. Green was paid off it looked with that effort

  11. It’s on the QB to make sure the receiver knows the play. Hopefully Kyler and AJ improve their chemistry as the season goes along.

  12. It’s sad because it was a perfect pass. If Green would have noticed the call it would have been an easy TD.

  13. Speed offenses will always have miss-communication problems, more concerned about tricking the Defense then having every player on the same page, cost them this game. From the look at what Green did it looked he thought it was a run play, any pass play he should have ran the route.

  14. tritz32 says:
    October 29, 2021 at 12:14 pm
    touchback6 says:
    October 29, 2021 at 11:34 am
    Packers got lucky. Their D is a sieve and Green is done.

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    5th ranked D in the league and playing without Jaire and Zaire. Stay mad, bruh.

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    5th ranked Defenses do not give up chunks of yards in a final 2:00 minutes of the game and let the opposing team get into field goal range to tie the game to send it to a possible over time.

    Stay Mad Bruh!

  15. mikemnz says:
    October 29, 2021 at 11:09 am
    Refs tried to give cards the game and still failed. Overturn a td without indisputable evidence. Sorry folks the nfl is just entertainment
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    He was down in a mostly right sitting position short of the goal. The ball crossed the line only after he falls backward. The overturn was the correct call. And if the refs were trying to give the game to the Cards, they could have easily overturned the earlier TD when Jones was whipped around in a 180. I watched that replay frame by frame on my DVR, and I am not at all convinced he got it then. Refs miss plenty of calls. They are only human, but that does not mean they are siding with one team or the other.

  16. patsfan4lifedynasty says:

    October 29, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    It’s on the QB to make sure the receiver knows the play. Hopefully Kyler and AJ improve their chemistry as the season goes along

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    So what your saying is after Kyler makes the audible and hand signals at the line he should then go over to Green personally and make sure he was paying attention? 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ That sounds just brilliant! How about he asks each lineman personally if they know their protection scheme on that play if he audibles and which way they may slide? It’s up to each player to know their assignments and to pay attention.

  17. danicafallsinlove says:
    October 29, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    5th ranked Defenses do not give up chunks of yards in a final 2:00 minutes of the game and let the opposing team get into field goal range to tie the game to send it to a possible over time.

    Stay Mad Bruh!

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    They held the #4 scoring offense in the league nine point below their season scoring average. On the road. Missing their All-Pro pass rusher and their All-Pro CB, plus their other Week 1 starting CB. I wouldn’t expect someone who a nickname based on an an opposing team’s QB’s dating life to be anything but a troll. But get real. They forced a pair of turnovers, shut down the QB who was favored for the MVP going in for the majority of the game, and came up with a huge play when it mattered most. Good luck to your Vikings on Sunday, it’s a “big game” with draft pick seedings on the line.

  18. directdriver says:
    October 29, 2021 at 11:22 am
    Can we stop with the Aaron Rodgers being some kind of Hail Mary messiah? He made a couple deep throws in the past and got lucky and all of a sudden he’s perceived as a comeback king. His 4th quarter comeback is ranked #40 tied with Joe Flacco as active players. Peyton Manning, Brady, and Brees are the top 3. Rodgers is a great QB, no question but he is NOT a 4th quarter comeback player he’s perceived to be. He’s a front runner.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He’s a front-runner because his teams generally have the lead in crunch-time?

    What’s the problem again?

  19. Wow. All the technology. All the time spent in meetings. The countless hours spent diagramming plays. All the time spent practicing and rehearsing plays. Then it comes down to back yard football, and a guy misses a signal. Actually, I think that’s pretty cool. They’re just human. It was a great game. The refs missed a hold on what would have been Cobb’s 3rd TD reception. The refs are human, too. It’s all good because I don’t bet on games. Lol.

  20. He missed some calls and ran some wrong routes last year as well. There are a few signs that point to Green not really having the passion and focus for the game that he used to.
    Just look at the play last year where there was an interception on a pass thrown to him and he avoided tackling the guy.

  21. Funny how they were sure Green would get the ball and win the game no problemo because Douglas was a nobody. Not saying much for their beleif the Pack pass d was unbeatable.

  22. This game really just cemented the fact we are gonna have rematch in NFC championship game. Arizona is really good team on the come up, but not quite ready for the big time. Also Murray is a legit top tier QB. Anyone saying otherwise is stupid.

  23. Well, as a non partial fan I took it as Murray would just run it in. And Green seemed to be blocking for just that.

  24. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 29, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    2 times stopped at 1st and goal equals soft

    +++++

    Your favorite squad is already 4 victories behind the soft team! Maybe focus on their failings….

  25. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 29, 2021 at 3:27 pm
    Refs also missed db holding green which each hand on his shoulders
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Wrong. Green was holding the DB by the pads and thought he was blocking for a running play.

  26. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 29, 2021 at 3:31 pm
    2 times stopped at 1st and goal equals soft
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    “…….it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s, it’s……….a scoreboard!”

  27. AJ being AJ. Good to see he still hasn’t found his heart for the game. We were glad to see him leave Cincy.

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