Kyler Murray had a really tough go in his second preseason game as a master, leaving the game down 26–0 and finishing the night with adverse yardage. Murray was not good — but was bad as it seemed, or is there any reason for hope?
Kyler Murray had a rough Thursday night, and the internet is freaking out. Everything started out so well last week. Murray played only 1 series in his very first game as a pro, finishing his first six passes and contributing his Arizona Cardinals into the edge of scoring position prior to departing.
Murray had a considerably worse outing Thursday against the Oakland Raiders. He played a lot of the first halfand by the time he left, Murray along with the Cards trailed the Raiders 26 to zip.
Along with the internet, predictably, melted.
Let’s begin with the damage. There’s a great deal of it.
Murray played drives from the Raiders. These drives gained 13, -6, -10, and -10 yards. Absolutely, Murray played with the majority of the first half, leaving the match almost exactly halfway through the next quarter. The Cardinals had 21 seconds of possession and just 8 minutes in four possessions. In 15 plays that were offensive, they started to lose 13 yards.
Murray ran once for four yards, a built run on his first play from scrimmage. He finished just 3 of 8 passes for only 12 meters, a measly 1.5 metres a week. Murray needed a 45.8 quarterback rate for the day. He had three fines himself — a delay of match and two false starts — and was sacked twice. One of those was his final play of the day, an 11-yard sack in the end zone for a security that stopped his night. After he left the game, the Cardinals were trailing 26–0.
In the middle of the second quarter –to the RAIDERS.
Calling Murray’s consequences awful is an insult to the word awful. However, was it all as bad as it seemed?
Let us dig a bit deeper in the circumstances. There’s some good and some terrible. The bad? Murray played all his time with David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald on the field, so it’s not like that he didn’t have any talent around him. DJ and Fitz shared three targets. They caught one of them and lost three yards. Welp. Johnson rushed four times for six yards. Lots of only digits to move around for everybody.
The Cardinals had just one first down at Murray’s time around the area. It came out of a defensive penalty, illegal hands to the facearea. Recall how Murray abandoned the game down 26–0? On another play the Cards conducted, copy QB Brett Hundley threw a touchdown. Arizona outscored Oakland 26–7 with no Murray.
But there was quite a little not in Murray’s favor also. The run game could not get anything going, and the offensive line place in a gloomy performance. Oakland blitzed Murray ancient and frequently, hoping to induce the rookie into quick conclusions, and he was throwing off his back all game.
The four drives of arizona began on lineup, 25, 24, and the 10. He faced a 3rd and 11, 3rd and 12, 3rd and 13, both 3rd and 17, and 3rd and 25 on different forces. That is a whole lot of dreadful field places and disadvantageous scenarios for any quarterback to be in, let alone one as green as Murray. The 1 time Murray faced a 3rd and short, David Johnson ripped off a significant run to get a first down… and got called back on a holding penalty. The Cardinals simply could not catch any rhythm.
The simple truth is that any quarterback could have fought in Murray’s location. The Arizona offensive line was awful, and Murray had a guy or 2 in his face over minutes after the snap pretty much every play. He performed every snap together with his back against his own goal line and had zero plays in a spot where the offense had an advantage. Few quarterbacks would have, although he didn’t play per se.
Murray’s game wasn’t an indictment in his height or his armhis conclusions, nor his future. If anything, it could have been an indictment of Kliff Kingsbury’s offense — though that struggles to maintain up if the Cardinals scored 26 points after Murray left. Maybe the Raiders defense is simply that good. Maybe it was only four bad forces.
More probable than anything else is the fact that Kingsbury is likely keeping things pretty vanilla in the preseason. Why roll out your best plays once the games don’t matter and give away your winning script? There is no reason to run Murray and place him at risk with nothing at stake.
Murray was not good Thursday night but that he was not terrible either. He just never had much of an opportunity to start with. It’s far too soon to draw any conclusions.
Murray remains the significant Rookie of the Year favorite, +165 in Bovada. The Cardinals will be +600 to create the match, or +10000 to acquire at the Super Bowl, in case you’re feeling lucky. If you’re a bit more bearish on Arizona’s opportunities, they’re +750 to finish with the worst record in the NFL. Happy betting.