Kliff Kingsbury Calls Out NFL Rules For ‘Voluntary’ OTAs

Published 05/27/2022, 3:17 PM EDT
Oct 17, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; The Arizona Cardinals defense celebrate their pass interception against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has not had an easy job. He was letting everyone know recently the things that were on his mind. The organized team activities are in full swing ahead of a crucial 2022 NFL campaign. Kingsbury was open in sharing his thoughts about players skipping voluntary workouts. These workouts are essential for building team chemistry before the new season, and the Cardinals head coach was making do with players who turned up.

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A big reason for the rise of these minor frustrations has been the absence of QB Kyler Murray and WR Marquise Brown from the voluntary OTAs.

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While talking to the reporters following the first round of OTAs, Kingsbury states, “As a coach, you want to have these guys here all the time, but it’s not how the rules are set up. Different guys handle it different ways.” While the Cardinals’ HC wasn’t visibly unhappy, the general feeling among players is to work with the players present.

There have also been discussions between Kingsbury and his coaching staff about when all the players will return. Murray could possibly return to the team during the mandatory training camps during June 14-16. Apart from his thoughts, Kingsbury seems to be looking forward to an exciting and competitive 2022 NFL campaign.

Is the exploitation of rules for Voluntary OTAs frustrating for Kliff Kingsbury?

The rules have seen relaxations in recent seasons by the NFL Players Association for the veteran players and allow them to skip these voluntary workouts. Murray is not the only one opting out of these voluntary camps, but also players like Aaron Donald and Deebo Samuel have sat out. During the 2020 season, players, including Murray, were trying to avoid health scares by opting to skip these voluntary OTAs.

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But some of his Cardinals teammates seem to understand the need for these workouts and provide valuable perspective. Cardinals safety Budda Baker believes that the veteran players have an impact on the rookies during the voluntary OTAs.

But he adds that while Murray might be absent, he is working hard at coming back fit. Baker believes Murray will be raring to go next season.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 28: Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals leaves the field following a game against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 24-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

There seems to be a growing belief that the Cardinals will sort out Murray‘s contract extension ahead of the 2022 NFL season. The Cardinals fans will hope to see their franchise take huge strides. They will be aiming to reach the 2022 NFL playoffs with their talented roster.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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