Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury indicated this week Kyler Murray may not be a lock to be the starter immediately
So who do you believe? It comes down to two guys in the same Arizona Cardinals front office giving two completely different answers regarding their top draft pick, quarterback Kyler Murray.
Last week, general manager Steve Keim said Murray would be the starting quarterback from day one. That would be the only answer Cardinals fans would want to hear. Why would you draft a quarterback number one and not expect him to be starting from day one?
Well, that is unless you are head coach Kliff Kingsbury. This week, for whatever reason, he decided to let people now they still have Brett Hundley in the mix. You remember him, right?
Hundley signed a free agent contract in March, coming over from the Seattle Seahawks. Hundley is a former local high school star out of Chandler High School.
Kingsbury this week said Murray wasn’t automatically the starter with Hundley here who might have a say in that. Right.
Now, from a coach’s standpoint, it should be easy to understand where he is coming from. He doesn’t want rookies coming in and automatically thinking they have it made as a starter already. He wants them to compete.
It is likely that is where he was coming from, but it is not a good look to be putting that comment out so quickly after your general manager just suggested otherwise. Kingsbury needs to be on the same page as Keim if they are to succeed with their plan in Arizona.
Keim on the other hand also needs to communicate better on his end. While he has a rookie NFL coach, he is still the coach and decisions on who plays and who doesn’t should fall to him. Otherwise, why have a coach.
There is still no doubt Murray will be the starter barring injury. It was nice of Kingsbury however to remind people Hundley is still here and there is a chance he may be called upon at some point.