The Cardinals look "fabulous." So says NFL analyst Larry Fitzgerald.
No, Fitz hasn't said anything about his own situation. He hasn't said he's retired, although he's certainly acting that way. Nevertheless, that's not why we are gathered here today. Instead, on his weekly SiriusXM podcast -- "Let's Go! with Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray" -- he used his unique perspective as 2020 player to talk about what he thinks of the 2021 Cardinals, who are 4-0.
"Obviously Kyler is really taking the next step," Fitzgerald said. "I mean, he was Rookie of the Year as a rookie, made the Pro Bowl last season, and now is the frontrunner for the MVP in my opinion. He's really got great command of it. They were dominant on both sides of the defensive front and the offensive line and able to run the ball, control the line of scrimmage and, you know, really took the wind out of their sail, that being the Rams, early in the game.
"It just looked like a very dominating performance, the secondary of the Cardinals really was flying around and giving the Rams receivers fits all day, and they just looked like they're really, really clicking on all cylinders."
Fitz went on to talk more about what he sees as Murray's big step forward.
"I would say Kyler has been on this trajectory, but the way he's just effortlessly commanding the system, now being in his third year with Coach Kliff, you can just tell they're on the same page," Fitzgerald said. "You know, some of the checks, it looks like he's at the line of scrimmage checking into really good runs when he's got favorable numbers in the box. And he just has a great command of it. Kliff has given him the keys to the ship and he's really controlling things at the line of scrimmage, he's taking his one-on-one matchups with receivers down the field, the guys are making plays, just great continuity."
"This is a quarterback league," Fitz added, "and Kyler looks comfortable in what he is doing."