There will be times in life when good things happen, even if I have to get dragged towards them kicking and screaming. Kyler Murray’s new contract with the Arizona Cardinals might sound bad for anyone else in the NFC West, but it’s good news for the 49ers. I explained why on today’s Gold Diggers podcast.
As Michelle Magdzyuk has pointed out, things with Kyler Murray look great on the surface. Last year, he had a higher completion percentage, passing yards per attempt, and passing ratings from both Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. He routinely throws big hits on the field and has the fourth-lowest number of games to be played in 2022. The team’s driving record with him has also improved each year under the center position.
However, look a little deeper; There are things that should be music to the ears of the 49ers audience. Murray doesn’t deal well with failure. why him? He didn’t have much of it in his sports career. He was, after all, the first player to play in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts.
Look at last year’s playoff against Ramez as an example. Arizona was hit all day, Murray included. Throughout the match, he could be seen sitting alone on the bench, looking like he wanted to be anywhere else in the world other than the SoFi Stadium. One minute before the end, 49ers killer Colt McCoy entered the game to finish things off. Next, we learn that McCoy encouraged Murray to finish the match with his teammates, but Murray pulled himself out of the squad and refused to return to the game.
Mike Garavolo of the NFL Network later reported That the Cardinals “are looking for Murray to take a step forward in a number of areas – maturity, body language on the sidelines, having a bigger voice with his teammates and leadership.”
A lot of quarterback play is due to the way you act in a crunch, and Murray isn’t at his best when the chips are down. The Cardinals’ performance over the past two years hasn’t been a mistake; It is an advantage.
Furthermore, now that Murray’s tenure has been extended, the Cardinal has proven solidly that they are moving forward with Keeler in QB, Cliff Kingsbury as coach, and Steve Kim as general manager. This isn’t exactly an insurmountable trio.
Keim’s greatest triumph as general manager appears to have been accepting a ridiculous commercial offer for Bill O’Brien’s Deandre Hopkins and being bad enough at his job to have the opportunity to draft Josh Rosen at the age of ten and Murray first overall a year later.
Kingsbury teams usually start quickly, but fade later in the year. It happened at Texas Tech and it happened in the last couple of years with the Cardinals.
2019: 2-7 (cardinals)
This doesn’t happen for many years in a row (and in two different places) by accident. Between Kliff’s outlaws identified in the middle of the year and Kyler’s inability to hold the team together during the crisis, Arizona isn’t built to handle good teams like the Rams and 49ers on a regular basis.
Call me Homer if you’d like, but I’m not worried about having to face the Cardinals era of football twice a year for the foreseeable future. There’s no doubt that 49 players have to improve their 3-3 record against them since 2019, but against those three basic pieces, I have no doubt that they will.
Other topics in today’s show
- Rob’s apology to George Keitel (1:56)
- Does Raheem Mostert deserve the pilot in fiction? (9:38)
- Are 49ers fans too sensitive about Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo? (14:28)
- Will Lance be able to handle all the pressure he is under? (21:52)
- Why 49ers fans should be glad Kyler Murray has been extended (26:55)
- Training camp battles: Why Huvanga should not lose the strong safety (39:00)
- Can Jake Brindle Be Overtaken at the Center? (44:31)
- Why is Michelle worried about Trey Sermon being circumcised? (45:55)
- Who is the last wide receiver on the list, and why does Michelle have one name to root for this pre-season (49:51)