Few saw the Arizona Cardinals 2022 struggles coming. But if you ask Budda Baker, he would tell you otherwise according to a recent report.
The Arizona Cardinals opened the 2022 season against the Kansas City Chiefs and it we all knew it was going to be a blowout loss midway through the third quarter. Many in the Red Sea may have seen the wheels starting to fall off then, but if you ask Budda Baker, he saw it coming as early as July 2022 when training camp started.
He cited the endless rash of injuries and Kyler Murray’s illness as two major factors. Of course, Baker left a few things out, like Marquise Brown’s arrest and Murray’s contract controversy. When you do the math, you could pinpoint the Cardinals 2022 struggles dating back to last March, starting with the Kyler Murray drama.
Kyler Murray’s contract issues doomed the 2022 Arizona Cardinals
While the injuries in training camp and Murray sitting out with an illness didn’t help, nor did issues like Marquise Brown’s arrest, Murray’s demands for a contract extension following three so-so seasons and the subsequent fallout doomed the Cards. Here, we had a quarterback who, despite winning Rookie of the Year and going to two Pro Bowls, did little in the way of winning.
Yet he was willing to scrub his social media accounts and act as though he wasn’t part of the organization until he got a new deal without as much as putting up respectable numbers in a playoff game is a mystery to me and a lot of others. Then came the fiasco with his study clause, and the season went downhill from there.
So yeah, Budda Baker is right in foreseeing an ill-fated 2022 season that led to sweeping changes at head coach and the front office. But let’s not forget that the 2022 Arizona Cardinals issues dated back to about four months before the beginning of training camp and it started with, you guessed it, Kyler Murray.
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