Michael Bidwill: Cardinals need to ‘figure out’ QB room with Murray, McCoy recovering from injuries
New Arizona Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon got into trouble with the quarterback.
Kyler Murray has suffered an ACL tear and is not expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Reserve veteran Colt McCoy was also injured.
We were joined by Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill. Dave Pasha Podcast and said McCoy’s unspecified injury would cut QB participation this offseason.
“The Colt is recovering from an injury that will limit his offseason opportunities,” Bidwill said via team official website. “This is another set of dynamics that (offensive coordinator) Drew (Petzing) and JG (Jonathan Gannon) and (general manager) Monty (Ossenforth) need to work on.
“We’ll see what the plan is exactly. It’s not for me to find out, these guys should find out.”
So Gannon, along with Petzing, set about installing a new system without two of his best quarterbacks. Yippie!
David Bluff and Trace McSorley started playing for the Cardinals last season, but neither has a 2023 contract. Bluff is a restricted free agent and is easy to get back. McSorley will become a free agent. With McCoy not around, the Cards will need to sign at least a couple of reserve QBs to fill out off-season training.
The question then will be who will start the season at center if McCoy’s injury persists.
Murray’s ACL tear at the end of the season means he will likely miss the start of the season, but Bidwill said QB is looking ahead of schedule at the moment and looking to be back before the midseason mark.
“I think (his return) will be earlier than the middle of the season, so hopefully it’s closer to the start of the season, but I don’t want to give any specific dates,” Bidwill said. “There may be setbacks, progress may slow down. But he is a young man, it seems that he heals quickly, things are going well. Let’s hope it continues like this.”
With so much money invested in Murray and in need of another on the roster, the Cards are unable to spend the big bucks on replacements early in the season. McCoy is targeting a $5 million salary cap with $2.5 million guaranteed in 2023.