Arizona Cardinals Coach ‘Excited to See’ Kyler Murray Reach His Full Potential

Published 03/05/2021, 5:27 PM EST
Nov 15, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Arizona Cardinals quarterback, Kyler Murray, enjoyed a decent outing over the course of the 2020 NFL season. The former Oklahoma Sooners man finished with 3,971 passing yards and 26 passing TDs last year. That was an improvement of 200+ yards and 6 touchdowns from the year before.

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Oct 25, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Poona Ford (97) during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

He also rushed for 819 yards over the course of the regular season. The Cardinals starlet had 11 rushing TDs, which was 7 more than the year before. Hence, Murray’s overall production rate over the 2020 NFL season impressed Kliff Kingsbury.

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Murray also limited his turnovers and kept his interception tally at 12, the same as in 2019. That is one area the quarterback must continue to work on in the coming months. He needs to make the jump from ‘good’ to ‘great’ in year 3 as the Cardinals continue to knock on the door of the NFL Playoffs.

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In a recent interview, coach Kingsbury showered praise on the former top pick. He added that Murray is yet to reach his full potential.

He said, “I want to make sure we continue his progression, make sure we are taking the next step. To be able to do what he’s done from Year 1 to Year 2 without an offseason, I’m excited to see where it heads next. I think we all know the talent is immense, and he has a chance to be as good as anybody in this league.”

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Oct 19, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) rolls out against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

“Kyler is very confident. Kyler knows what he can be in this league and what he can be moving forward. But to have a guy like that kind of validate it and say, ‘Hey, I’ve watched you, I know what you have brewing out there, I know what you can be,’ a guy with probably limited years left in his career and wanting to win a championship and chooses the quarterback, that’s pretty impressive and that’s really high praise,” Kingsbury concluded on the team’s official website.

The arrival of JJ Watt is definitely a positive for the Cardinals and their fanbase. They are slowly growing into one of the strongest teams in the NFC West. Murray’s chemistry with DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald was evident last season. Fans will hope that the trio will click once again when the 2021 NFL season starts later in September.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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