Brett Hundley probably won’t start for the Arizona Cardinals, unless something crazy happens.
After Kliff Kingsbury said Kyler Murray might not start week one for the Arizona Cardinals on the Jim Rome show, the fanbase, talking heads, and the internet as a whole exploded into an incendiary fireball of doubt, confusion, and general wondering on how Brett Hundley could possibly win the starting job over the No. 1 overall pick.
After taking some time to consider Hundley as a week one starter, here are some ways how he could do so.
- Kyler Murray gets injured.
- Kyler Murray ends up having a genuinely awful pre-season. Think throwing five interceptions in a first-half; a Nathan Peterman-esque performance.
- Brett Hundley suddenly becomes either the next Joe Montana, Patrick Mahomes, or Tom Brady.
- Kyler Murray suddenly chooses baseball over football.
- The Cleveland Browns offer Baker Mayfield, and Jarvis Landry for Kyler Murray. Because, John Dorsey.
- Kliff Kingsbury quits and Hundley’s UCLA coach Jim Mora becomes the head coach of the Cardinals and ends up disliking Kyler Murray. Instead, he uses his once-promising shot-caller to return to prominence.
Simply put; it probably won’t happen. After four seasons in the NFL, Hundley is a known commodity as a backup quarterback for greats Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. But, when he was put in a starting role, the results were less than ideal, to say the least.
In 2017, Hundley stepped in for an injured Rodgers and proceeded to lead the Green Bay Packers to one of their worst seasons in recent memory. In nine starts, Hundley had a 3-6 record, threw for 1,836 yards, nine touchdowns, and 12 interceptions on a 60.8% completion rate.
While some of that poor season can be blamed on then head coach Mike McCarthy, Hundley was inserted behind a solid line with good weapons including two-time Pro-Bowl receiver Davante Adams.
Although Hundley is just 25 years old and is a Phoenix native, his history in the NFL tells that he won’t be starting anytime soon, and that trend should continue next season. He’s a promising backup, but at this point of his career, with Murray in-fold, don’t expect to see much of the UCLA product in 2019.