Kliff Kingsbury on Kyler Murray: At his best, I don’t know who’s better in the league

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The Cardinals were able to get a deal done with quarterback Kyler Murray on Thursday, agreeing to a five-year extension with a reported $230.5 million with $160 million guaranteed.

Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury made an appearance on Cardinals play-by-play radio announcer Dave Pasch’s podcast, saying he feels like Murray is going to continue to get better.

“The contract deal — I feel really good about. I know he’s our future here. The talent is generational in what he can do running with the football,” Kingsbury said, via Ryan Sanudo of SI.com. “Each year you look at the stats, wins anything and it’s gotten dramatically better. That’s what I’ve been really excited about. I knew when we drafted him [that] he had a chance to be [one of the] top guys in the league.

“The kid’s come in — rookie of the year, back-to-back Pro Bowls. I think he takes criticism. I think some of [it] is unfair for some reasons I won’t get into. We know what he brings and every Sunday [when] we line up with him as the quarterback, we have a real chance at winning in a game.”

Kingsbury added that Murray is a big reason why he feels the Cardinals can compete with anyone in the league each and every week.

“You see the market for these quarterbacks and what guys are getting paid,” Kingsbury said. “There’s very few [QBs] when you line up every Sunday and say we have a chance. Our guy is one of those that give you a chance. And at his best, I don’t know who’s better in this league.

“We can compete with anybody. Going into last year, everyone picked us fourth. … To come from when we started … we feel like we have a chance to take another step. Love the core that we have coming back. Excited about some of the additions we’ve made. Can’t wait to get started.”

The Cardinals began last season 10-2 but lost four of their last five games to finish 11-6 and lost to the Rams in the wild card round.

Murray completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 3,787 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his third season. He was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.

61 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury on Kyler Murray: At his best, I don’t know who’s better in the league

  1. Um Mahomes – J Allen – T Brady – L Jackson – A Rodgers – J Herbert – R Wilson just to name a few.

  2. Hahahahahahahaha! That’s the best joke I’ve heard all year! Kliff missed his true calling.

  3. QB’s are measured on play-off wins, so far Murray had an epic failure last year where he clearly did not have the talent and ability to overcome a halfway decent game plan to take him out of the game.

  4. He’s right. I don’t know of anyone better at choking a December title shot. Glad to see Arizona sign him long term – Rams Fan.

  5. I’m not sure if the thinking by Kliff is if he says it enough he will believe it, which means he is trying to talk himself into believing Murray is a top tier QB. Or the flip side is that Kliff actually believes this and shows exactly why he’ll be back coaching in college in a couple years.

  6. If you don’t know.. I’m not sure who will take the time to tell you.

  7. I started counting best QBs on my fingers. Got to my toes before I got to Kyler Murray.

  8. Murray saw his turnovers jump each of his three years in the NFL. In 2021 he had less pass and rush attempts, played 14 of the 17 games and had a career high 13 fumbles along with 10 INT, which did drop by his 12int in each of his first two seasons. In 46 games played he has 34int and 26 fumbles. More important…the team with Murray as their starter has a 22-23-1 record over three years. I am always one to say a QB doesn’t have a win/loss record, it’s a team record but regardless, the team has a losing record with now the 2nd highest paid QB has 60 combined int and fumbles in 46 games.

  9. I can think of about 15 qbs who on their average day is still better than Murray on his best run around day!

  10. You don’t know who’s better!?! Let’s see, Brady. Rodgers, Mahommes, Josh Allen, Lamar, Burrow, Carr, Wilson, Herbert, Prescott, Winston, Garopollo, Stafford to name a couple. If he’s the best that is why you will never win. You lost Hopkins and you couldn’t win at all. Not the QB at all but the talent around him.

  11. Ya, he does everything except win. People are overly enamored with sub-par passers who run really fast.

  12. You mean like the way he played in his one and only playoff game-GROSSLY OVERPAID!!!!

  13. He was hands down the MVP before he got hurt. That’s the bigger thing that needs to be addressed is his injury history and fading down the stretch his first couple of years. He’s appointment television when he plays though, and that’s coming from someone who didn’t think he would translate to the league at all.

  14. When all is “perfect”…Kirk Cousins he’s the best QB to ever play the game

    – Signed TB12 biggest fan

  15. The funniest thing about the Murray haters is that you can tell by most of their comments that they’ve never watched Murray play a single down.

  16. He was selected to 2 Consecutive Pro Bowls….Does that really count when he had no business being selected to the second one and his first selection was questionable at best?

    The money he got is inflation based not merit based.

  17. Statements like these are why I tune out family and friends when they start talking about how great their kid is at X or Y.

  18. I mean, it’s just crazy how these teams just keep whistling past the graveyard and act all arrogant at the same time. Doubling and tripling down on mistakes is not a way to win a SB.

    I mean, for even newer QBs, Herbert, Burrow and Mac Jones are clearly all better than Kyler Murray and are progressing, not regressing.

    Do people actually watch the games? Do Keim and pretty boy? There are so many red flags on this kid, it’s not even funny.

    And, on the east coast, Lamar Jackson just got more leverage as NE has Mac Jones for another 4 years on a rookie deal.

    LOL

    Game, set and match, BB.

  19. Good thing none of you have nothing to do with the NFL. Kyler is a very good QB and you knock a coach for standing up for his player? Kyler has shown many flashes of greatness, so at least his coach has some merit to what he is saying.

  20. Well, if all the other QBs are at THEIR best….you guy probably isn’t top 10. Brady, Rodgers, Mahomes, Wilson, Allen, Herbert, Burrow, Prescott… Let’s face it: Murray’s performance in that playoff game last year was most definitely NOT Top Ten Worthy.

  21. BDUB says:
    July 22, 2022 at 1:14 pm
    The funniest thing about the Murray haters is that you can tell by most of their comments that they’ve never watched Murray play a single down.

    Have you watched him play?The AFC West alone has 4 better QBs than Murray.He might be the 3rd best in his division by years end depending on how Lance performs.Very hard to even rank him in the top half of the league if you could be objective.Maybe 13 or 14 behind Brady,Rodgers,Allen,Mahomes,Stafford,Herbert,Burrow,Wilson,Carr,Lamar,Prescott,Watson.Then consider that Lawrence,Z.Wilson,Fields and Lance will be in their 2nd year and could be
    better eventually.Good for Kyler he got his cash but let’s not confuse timing of his contract with greatness.

  22. andyjk21 says:
    July 22, 2022 at 12:14 pm
    Um Mahomes – J Allen – T Brady – L Jackson – A Rodgers – J Herbert – R Wilson just to name a few.

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    Murray is a better QB than Lamar. He is a far more accurate passer and about equal as a runner.

  23. Being good or mediocre always starts at the top. We are known what the cardinals are and why

  24. nite2al says:
    July 22, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    Good thing none of you have nothing to do with the NFL. Kyler is a very good QB and you knock a coach for standing up for his player? Kyler has shown many flashes of greatness, so at least his coach has some merit to what he is saying.

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    Nobody’s knocking Kingsbury for standing up for his player – he’s being knocked for the ridiculous hyperbole. It takes a LOT more than “flashes of greatness” to be arguably the best QB in the league.

    Murray has won 5, 8, and 9 games in his first three seasons and has been awful in key games, including the disastrous playoff game last year. He hasn’t done anything to be considered among the best or even close.

    There was a time when nobody had trouble seeing and acknowledging that. But from Murray himself to comments like the above, people just want something else to be true so badly that they can’t call things what they are. Murray may yet be great but so far he is not.

  25. The NFL owners continue to show their collective stupidity by paying out these ridiculous salaries!! Oh well, Murray may be better then Brock Osweiler.

  26. nite2al says:
    July 22, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    Good thing none of you have nothing to do with the NFL. Kyler is a very good QB and you knock a coach for standing up for his player? Kyler has shown many flashes of greatness, so at least his coach has some merit to what he is saying.

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    Nobody’s knocking Kingsbury for standing up for his player – he’s being knocked for the ridiculous hyperbole. It takes a LOT more than “flashes of greatness” to be arguably the best QB in the league.

    Murray has won 5, 8, and 9 games in his first three seasons and has been awful in key games, including the disastrous playoff game last year. He hasn’t done anything to be considered among the best or even close.

    There was a time when nobody had trouble seeing and acknowledging that. But from Murray himself to comments like the above, people just want something else to be true so badly that they can’t call things what they are. Murray may yet be great but so far he is not.
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    Aruging about a player’s first three seasons sounds so silly. He produced. Held up his end of the bargain. They made the playoffs last year while missing his NO. 1 target DeAndre Hopkins. He played extremely well for stretches and struggled as all young quarterbacks do. Murray’s a very good QB who has accomplished a lot in three seasons. Long career ahead of him.

  27. There’s probably about a dozen QB’s you can say that about. “At his best, no body else is better.” I think Murray probably is among that number. The problem is that he’s “at his best” a lot less often than those other guys.

  28. Kliff not too long for the NFL game based on talent analysis alone, much less coaching skills. Murray has been a .500 QB and was absolutely horrendous in his one playoff game. So we’ll hold off on the coronation. Jury’s out on both. And that’s why you don’t lock guy up for 7 years with $30 mil a year.

  29. Weird spot for Kingsbury: If they don’t resign Murray he’d have been fired by the end of next season but they do resign him which means as soon as they don’t make it very far in the playoffs he’s still getting fired end of next season. Same outcome but with Murray they’ll have a few more good times before the inevitable outcome.

  30. Its not about what you can do when its easy. Its about what you can do when its hard. Few QBs can be as good over a 5 game stretch as Josh McCown 2013. Was he underpaid by 100 million?

  31. I’m glad I don’t spend all of my time consumed with hatred for players like some of you do. The Cardinals stunk when he got there. When he got hurt last year, they had the best record in the league, and it was legit best record in the league, not just some case of oh, that’s a fluke. He had GB and Aaron Rodgers beat if AJ Green holds onto the ball. They’re still undefeated then if that happens, and that’s when he got hurt and his season took a turn when he got back. Probably burns people when they can’t admit they were wrong. Like people touting Herbert as better. Where? When? What has he done to merit that? Stuff like that is when you realize most football fans are quite frankly insane.

  32. interesting to see so many list lamar amongst the top qb’s when he has been terrible in the playoffs as well– guessing as soon as he signs his nearly 47m per dealwe will be hearing how lousy he is too. Mac Jones ‘made’ the pro bowl too, except he was a 2nd or 3rd alternate, it’s a farce of a way to measure someone’s skill. the biggest problem for teams is tyhat they do not see any immediate alternatives. I wouldn’t be too surprised for teams to start trying to replace their qb every 5 years to avoid 25% of the cap going to one guy. If the entire team is really good and they can get by with a brad johnson level of play from that spot it may be better than shelling out huge dollars with your fingers xed , hoping the guy imporoves

  33. realfootballfan says:
    July 22, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    . Like people touting Herbert as better. Where? When? What has he done to merit that? Stuff like that is when you realize most football fans are quite frankly insane.
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    Herbert IS better…in every way. He is scary good. Murray lacks the size and the leadership skills to last long term in the NFL. Just my own opinion.

  34. All these haters, yet none of the haters has anything close to the athletic talent of a generational player drafted at or near the top in two professional sports, and few are fans of a team with a QB in his league. ROTY and two Pro Bowls, has gotten better each year, and is still only 24. Y’all will be drafting him top 5 QB for the next 10 years.

  35. Why are people complaining? He didn’t say anything wrong. At his best Kyler Murray is the best QB in the league. At my best, I would be the best QB in the NFL. The issue is I suck.

  36. realfootballfan says:
    July 22, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Like people touting Herbert as better. Where? When? What has he done to merit that? Stuff like that is when you realize most football fans are quite frankly insane.
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    If you actually think murray is better then Justin Herbert then you obviously dont watch football. Go change your username.

  37. realfootballfan says:
    July 22, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Like people touting Herbert as better. Where? When? What has he done to merit that? Stuff like that is when you realize most football fans are quite frankly insane.
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    We should just give up. Once these boards hate a player, it’s a wrap. Lamar had a ton of critics during his MVP season. The knock was, he didn’t win the SB. Then last year, they pointed subpar stats. What? But during the MVP season, his stats didn’t matter. I’m with you, I don’t get the Herbert hype either, no playoffs–again, and for some reason, one “good” season from Burrow and he is suddenly all world. Gimme a break, his team lucked their way to the SB and this year, the Bungles aren’t sneaking up on anybody.

  38. When did Kliff start doing stand-up?

    Watch last years playoff game Kliffy again.

  39. oldgoat says:
    July 22, 2022 at 12:27 pm
    He’s right. I don’t know of anyone better at choking a December title shot. Glad to see Arizona sign him long term – Rams Fan.
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    Agreed – Seahawks’ Fan…

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