This offseason has been atrocious for the Arizona Cardinals. By way of all of the trials and tribulations of signing their franchise quarterback to an extension and ensuring he doesn’t play video games all day daily, you’d suppose the Playing cards and Kyler Murray would lastly be proud of the place they’re at. That doesn’t appear to be the case although. Apparently, Murray doesn’t respect head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
I imply, I don’t blame him essentially. Kingsbury isn’t the best coach on this planet, however Murray overtly expresses his discontent together with his play-caller frequently. In accordance with stories, in the course of the Cardinals’ coaching camp, the quarterback and coach butted heads consistently. If Kingsbury would name a play that Murray didn’t like, Murray would shake his head in disapproval. In response, Kingsbury had Murray name performs in observe and whereas Kingsbury claimed that Murray did a fantastic job calling performs, he did add that “I might not need to play for Kyler Murray if I used to be a quarterback and he was the coach.”
Murray should have thought that he did a fairly rattling good job too, as a result of his play-calling days didn’t finish in coaching camp. They carried over into the preseason. Murray was given the chance to name performs for the crew in the course of the fourth quarter of their preseason opener towards the Cincinnati Bengals.
Why would the Cardinals do that? The one purpose I can consider is that Kingsbury and Murray continued to butt heads and Kingsbury needed to present simply how ass Murray’s play-calling can be towards actual competitors. And ass it was.
Previous to the fourth quarter, the Cardinals had scored 36 factors. They’d eight full drives, six of which resulted in level, and had even scored touchdowns on three consecutive full drives earlier than Murray took over. Truthful to say that the momentum was of their favor. Murray referred to as performs for 3 drives (two full — the third drive was simply two kneel downs to finish the game). In these two full drives, the Murray-orchestrated offense amassed two three-and-outs and nil yards. Outstanding.
“Well, that’s because Murray was working with the worst players on the Cardinals’ roster!” shouts the adamant Murray defender. Yes, but those fourth-stringers were also lining up against the Bengals’ fourth-stringers. You could argue that Murray’s play calls would’ve resulted in better outcomes with more talented players, but all we can judge Murray on is what we saw, and it was ugly.
What’s even uglier is that there were only three plays that resulted in positive yardage. Two of them were run plays for 8 and 5 yards respectively. Only one pass went for positive yardage, Murray’s first play call. It generated a dazzling 2 yards.
Blame the quarterback Jarrett Guarantano all you want, but sometimes the blame lies on the head coach. Maybe if Guarantano avoided that delay of game penalty on third and 2, the Cardinals could’ve picked up a first down on one of Murray’s drives. After all, they did pick up 5 yards after getting moved back. However, it’s obvious that the opposing defense would’ve played a third and 2 differently from how they played that third and 7.
Murray’s preseason coaching debut is just another example of how chaotic and messy this offseason has been for the Cardinals. We’ve seen teams overcome these “distractions” before to wind up making the playoffs — look no further than the Las Vegas Raiders last year. However, the Raiders are an outlier and not the type of organization other franchises should mimic. Things aren’t looking smooth for the Red Birds as we march toward the regular season, and at this rate, they’ll be lucky to be a .500 squad come season’s end.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.