Kyler Murray would struggle elsewhere in a non-spread offense
Think about how much of a foundation the Arizona Cardinals needed to build just to have to Kyler Murray here:
- Fired a head coach after one year (Steve Wilks)
- Basically moved on from a first-round quarterback (Josh Rosen)
- Drafted players like Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella
- Hired Kliff Kingsbury, who implemented the Spread/ Air Raid offense
This isn’t saying that other teams don’t run this same system around the league, but it seems Kyler Murray’s success has been tied to these systems. It’s what he ran in college and most likely high school as well.
Whether by design or abstinence, Murray doesn’t go under center very much. Play action bootleg rollouts? Good luck seeing that happen anytime soon for the Cardinals.
Murray wouldn’t be able to be in a good pocket because he always wants to scramble and make plays with his legs, which is great! But what happens once Murray starts to get older and can’t always be as agile as he once was?
What other team (besides the Cleveland Browns) would create this ecosystem for a quarterback with an 0-2-1 record against the Detroit Lions?
That doesn’t define Murray and what he can do, but is the Air Raid offense starting to give diminishing returns for Murray?
Of course, this is also on top of the contract he’s going to demand, which could really take a lot out of a team’s cap space, even though the L.A. Rams try to tell us that cap space is a lie.
Murray’s won more games each year, but the collapses have reached seismic levels. If that trend repeats this year, I’m not sure what will happen to Kingsbury, Murray, and Keim himself.