Arizona Cardinals: Evaluating the pros and cons of Kyler Murray
Pro: The Kingsbury Konnection
Before talking about Kliff Kingsbury, it’s worth noting a few things about Murray’s game. His best work has been in an offense very similar to Kingsbury’s Air Raid; an offense that is focused on the shotgun, repetition, and a quarterback that can make quick reads.
Murray is a natural fit in that type of offense. Not only does he have the arm to throw the ball for the majority of games, but he also has the legs to keep defenses honest, and is a decisive quarterback that knows how to get the ball to his receivers as fast as possible.
With all that being said, Kingsbury is very much a fan of Kyler Murray. Back in October, while he was at Texas Tech, Kingsbury famously expressed his desire to select Murray with the first overall pick if he had the chance to do so. But that’s not the end of the Kingsbury-Murray connection.
At the 2019 NFL Combine, Murray talked about his relationship with Kingsbury and the possibility of being drafted by the Cardinals, he said;
"He’s always been very fond of me and I respect that and I’ve never taken that for granted — he’s always someone I could go to if I needed anything. It’d be fun."
Coming out of Allen High School, Murray was even recruited by Kingsbury to run the Texas Tech Red Raiders offense.
Because of their history and fit into the coaches offense, the Kyler Murray to Arizona Cardinals hype won’t end until the team decides on draft night. It would also be foolish for general manager Steve Keim to ignore their connection and admiration for each other as a strong bond between an offensive minded coach and quarterback can take teams over the top.