Kyler Murray could’ve gotten more help from Cardinals in offseason
An NFL.com article recently said that Kyler Murray was “significantly helped” in the offseason.
Insert the famous Kanye quote, “I’mma let you finish,” but the Arizona Cardinals didn’t do their best job to help Kyler Murray in the offseason. With such a low number of transactions made, the ones that did bring in free agents haven’t moved the needle.
Of course, Marquise Brown is a solid replacement attempt for DeAndre Hopkins. Let’s dig deeper than that, though. What’s that going to do with the outlook on the season? What were the deeper issues of Murray’s season?
While one YouTube video claims that Murray can’t see the middle of the field (which isn’t necessarily true- Murray has gotten better over the middle), another point brought up is the offensive line. In the video below, you’ll see how Josh Jones struggled and made Murray throw before he was ready.
There’s also the Max Garcia-Aaron Donald incident; nothing more needs to be said.
Kyler Murray needed Steve Keim to improve on the interior offensive line this off-season.
The only move that was made was bringing in Will Hernandez from the New York Giants. Hernandez played at UTEP when offensive line coach Sean Kugler was there, so they have that going for them.
But other than that, Justin Pugh returns as a decent starter and Kelvin Beachum to right tackle. Rodney Hudson cannot miss time this year, as he was the guy who had the offensive line in the right spots throughout much of the year.
Murray’s pocket time was only 2.3 seconds, a metric that measures his time to either throw the ball or the pocket collapses. That’s good for 27th in the league, with Aaron Rodgers coming in behind Murray with a 2.2 PKT time.
So it’s a metric that needs more understanding, but when the film gets turned on, everyone can see that the interior needs a lot of work.
Here’s to hoping that Hernandez can make that happen, along with the rest of the offensive line.