Saturday before the Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray had to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19, he took a day off from training. But Murray had a lot of work to do: Cliff Kingsbury made Murray a striker.
Kingsbury explained today that he wanted Murray to have experience so that Murray understands Kingsbury’s point of view when he announces rallies in games.
“I just wanted him to know that this shit isn’t easy,” Kingsbury said. “Once in a while he starts shaking his head when I call him over there, I’m like, ‘Okay, big dog.
Kingsbury said that Murray played the plays into the quarterbacks’ helmet speakers and then kept talking to them during the game, making it hard for them to concentrate.
“I wouldn’t want to play for Kyler Murray if I was the quarterback and he was the coach,” Kingsbury joked.
The unprecedented “home clause” that the Cardinals included in Murray’s contract – only to agree to take him out after the backlash – raised questions about whether Murray’s mental approach to the game was enough. By giving Murray the opportunity to define the game, Kingsbury gave him another opportunity to work on the psychological side of the game.