After the likes of Jim Hart, Neil Lomax, and Jake Plummer came close, but not quite in terms of legitimate franchise quarterbacks, the Cardinals finally snagged a ringer in Kyler Muray. Sure, you can say the team had stability at the position with Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer. But neither were long-term solutions.
Murray, however, has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he can man the position for the next decade, if not longer. He has his flaws, including a 13-18-1 record as a starter and his tendency to force passes into coverage has led to double-digit interceptions over his first two seasons.
However, Murray’s numbers increased almost all across the board in Year 2, with a 67.2 completion percentage, 3,971 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, a 4.7 percent touchdown pass percentage, and a 94.3 quarterback rating. We can also tack on his 819 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. If you do the math, Murray threatened 5,000 all-purpose yards in 2020.
If he wins a few more games and gets the Cardinals into the playoffs, Murray may challenge our #1 player on this list. And without further ado, let’s discover our #1.