Five reasons why Kyler Murray will win the MVP this year
Reason #4 Kyler Murray will win the MVP: Eliminate costly turnovers
Everyone who kept an eye on the MVP race last season remembers that Murray fell out in a hurry. After the Miami game, the offense was stuck in neutral for all but two games (Buffalo, Philadelphia). If you include that game against Miami and the following games afterwards, Murray had 5 interceptions and 6 fumbles (3 recovered). Now all of that isn’t Murray’s fault. Seeing a QB his size get rocked by a typical NFL defensive linemen can make anyone fumble.
Murray didn’t decrease his interception count from his rookie year, but taking 21 less sacks also helped. The new offensive line with Rodney Hudson and Brian Winters on the inside will help solidify the weakest part of the offensive line. This is a key to limiting the number of “bad throws” made (see my article on Murray’s advanced stats for more info).
Not to mention actually having OTA’s and minicamps, let alone a true training camp for him and receivers to go through will ultimately be a part of decreasing turnovers. There should be less confusion and more cohesion, thus resulting in longer drives for the Cardinals. Improving upon his 9/24/188/2 outing against the Dak-less Dallas Cowboys in which 42% of his yards came on the long touchdown to Christian Kirk is something that you won’t see again in year 3 of Kyler Murray.