The Hail Murray ended up being the excessive level of Arizona’s 2020 season. The thrilling end and unlikely win over the Payments pushed the Cardinals to 6-3.
After that, they completed 2-5 and ended up 8-8.
The issue, as Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray defined it to reporters on Thursday, was that his shoulder damage induced him to run much less. The passing recreation sputtered, and the tip consequence was that the Cardinals misplaced their early-season magic.
Shifting ahead, Murray desires to throw extra, and to run much less.
“Truthfully, the best way I see it’s, my legs should be a luxury,” Murray stated. “And it type of wasn’t like that final 12 months. It was me having to run for us in a way. As soon as my shoulder was banged up and I wasn’t making an attempt to place myself on the market and take these hits, we hit a lull. Truthfully, I believe it was a lesson for us. We will’t be one-dimensional. We’ve obtained be higher in all elements of the sport.”
They need to be capable to do it, given the signing of A.J. Inexperienced and the choice of second-round receiver Rondale Moore.
“Extra weapons than I can ask for,” Murray stated.
He’s decided to take his recreation to the following stage in 2021. Coach Kliff Kingsbury sees it.
“You possibly can positively see that he’s very assured,” Kingsbury informed reporters. “He has a glance in his eye that he desires to take an enormous step this 12 months. He positively has the power to take action. We did some good issues final 12 months and made some huge strides. I anticipate us doing much more this season.”
They should. The Cardinals are caught within the hardest division in soccer; in the event that they had been nonetheless within the NFC East, they’d arguably be one of the best workforce. Within the NFC West, they may find yourself higher than final 12 months — and nonetheless in final place.
Regardless, Murray has proven that he might be among the best quarterbacks within the NFL. If he’s going to affix the brief record of franchise quarterbacks, that is the 12 months to do it.