Excitement For Kyler Murray, But Kliff Kingsbury Sees Offensive Misnomer

The Cardinals began organized team activities Monday. Coach Kliff Kingsbury still isn't getting detailed in his public discussions about his offense, but he did push back some when within a question it was implied offensive linemen could have trouble stamina-wise, noting the Cardinals won't be going "super-fast" every play and saying it was a misnomer with his offense.

What, exactly, is incorrect? Kingsbury said it wasn't like "it's going to be wide-open every single snap, throw it every play. That's not what it is going to be."

What will it be? It'll definitely be led by Kyler Murray, who got his first chance to play -- albeit limited within offseason rules -- against a defense with NFL veterans Monday. Murray didn't show Kingsbury anything new, Kingsbury said, although the coach acknowledged it's exciting that Murray is now focused only on one sport and what that can mean.

"He's never done that his entire life, so (I want) to see how much we can accelerate the rookie learning curve and how much growth we can get over the next eight or nine months," Kingsbury said.

It was interesting to hear Kingsbury note that the discussions on how to handle preseason are ongoing -- specifically when it comes to how much work a rookie like Murray might need -- but the called it a "unique situation with the quarterback very familiar with the system, so we'll see."

One day of OTAs is far too early to judge, although Murray had some hype men among the veteran offensive line. Guard Justin Pugh said he didn't want to put too many expectations on Murray but added there were few on the planet who could throw darts like Murray. Meanwhile, tackle D.J. Humphries was colorful in his description of the man behind center.

“Calm, cool, collected and electric,” Humphries said. “That’s one of the main things I see from (Kyler). His poise is very relaxed. He’s very calm. He’s a happy-go-lucky guy who doesn’t get too wildin’ outside of himself. He doesn’t get too high or too low. That’s a good trait, obviously, to have as a quarterback, to be able to hold it right in the middle.”

QB Kyler Murray (1) shares a laugh with LB Chandler Jones (55) during Monday's OTA.
QB Kyler Murray (1) shares a laugh with LB Chandler Jones (55) during Monday's OTA.

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