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An Optimistic Kyler Murray For The Stretch Run

Quarterback reiterates his good vibe despite Rams loss

After the Cardinals lost to the Rams Monday night, Kyler Murray's postgame presser was noteworthy for a couple of reasons. One, he came in still in uniform and rather quickly -- the quarterback usually takes a very long time to appear at the podium after games -- and he came in upbeat.

Even in some of the Cardinals' wins, Murray has been irritated with something or another that didn't go well, understandable for such a football perfectionist. So I asked him Wednesday if he was actually upbeat after the loss, or if he just felt a positive message needed to be sent.

Not surprisingly, Murray said it was real, because he's not one to pretend.

"I genuinely felt that way," Murray said. "You know me, I'll come in pissed off, I'll come in sad, mad, whatever it is. I felt like there was no reason for us to be discouraged about what happened. That game, that's a playoff game. We haven't been in the playoffs but we know that feeling, Monday night everyone watching, we know that's what it is going to be like, best of the best. When you want to get to where we want to get to, you have to go through the best.

"We got beat that night but we played hard as hell. We had some unfortunate plays go not our way, but at the end of the day, it's nothing to be down about."

QB Kyler Murray disappointed after a loss to the Rams at home in 2021