Kliff Kingsbury: Marquise Brown “way ahead of the curve” in learning offense

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When the Cardinals traded for receiver Marquise Brown during the draft, word had not yet emerged that DeAndre Hopkins would begin the 2022 season with a six-game suspension.

But Hopkins’ absence early on means it’s even more critical that Brown gets off to a hot start with his new team.

Fortunately for Arizona, Brown already has some built-in chemistry with his former college teammate, quarterback Kyler Murray. And the Cardinals run a similar system to what Brown and Murray played at Oklahoma.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said recently that those factors give Brown a leg up on getting integrated into the Cardinals’ system.

“I’d say, comparatively speaking, if you’re talking about a guy who didn’t know the quarterback or didn’t play in a similar system and didn’t get to work out with him and hear the calls, see the signals, I would say he’s way ahead of the curve when it comes to that,” Kingsbury said, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.

Because Brown was in a completely different offense with the Ravens, there are some significant adjustments the receiver has to make now that he’s in the desert. But Kingsbury doesn’t seem to think it will be too difficult for Brown to do so.

“I think it’s similar to what he played in at OU,” Kingsbury said. “Obviously, position-wise, no-huddle type stuff, signal-based. But he’s been in Baltimore for a while now, and so it’s just readjusting to that, but I think he feels comfortable in what we’re doing.”

Brown had 91 receptions for 1,008 yards with six touchdowns in 2021. No Cardinals receiver had over 1,000 yards last season. Now with the Jaguars, Christian Kirk was the closest with 982 yards on 77 receptions.

9 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury: Marquise Brown “way ahead of the curve” in learning offense

  1. Hollywood Browns stats are going to skyrocket next season going from a bad below average deep passer to now having arguably the best deep ball passer in the NFL in Murray throwing him the ball. Browns speed paired with Rondale Moores (4.28 40/43im vertical) speed n crisp route running is going to cause opposing defenses fits making for an explosive passing offense with rare quickness/speed causing opposing defenses a lot of problems.

  2. nelsonm010 says:
    July 7, 2022 at 10:23 am
    Play 1 – run straight. Play 2 – run straight. Play 3 – run straight
    ——————————————————————–
    Play 4 – run straight, drop catchable ball
    Play 5 – run straight, catch ball, fall down if defender is within 10 yards

  3. An absolute steal by the Ravens. Give me a guy who will anchor your O-line for the next ten years over a diva WR any day.

  4. He fits right in with that team from the coach down. A bunch of overrated players and coaches that never actually live up to the hype.

  5. Cards offense is loaded and crazy loaded when D Hop gets back. But can the defense hold up.

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