He won’t have been in uniform Friday night time however Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was nonetheless capable of put to make use of what he did in apply within the weeks main as much as the primary preseason recreation of the season towards the Cincinnati Bengals.
Murray helped name offensive performs in the course of the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 36-23 win over the Bengals alongside co-pass-game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Cam Turner. Murray was on a headset relaying performs to quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, who performed the complete second half.
Murray was in cost for 2 precise sequence after which the 2 kneel-down performs to shut the sport, which coach Kliff Kingsbury stated after the sport weren’t Murray’s most popular alternative of performs. Arizona went three-and-out on each of Murray’s sequence — the “final thing I anticipated,” Kingsbury stated — operating three move performs and two run performs.
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Guarantano was sacked on a play, as effectively. The Cardinals gained 15 yards in whole on these performs.
“He known as a few very nice performs,” Kingsbury stated. “It simply didn’t work out. Had some guys open. He does a great job with it. I’ve been impressed.”
Kingsbury didn’t give Murray any parameters Friday night time. Nevertheless, Murray wished to throw the ball when Arizona obtained it again with 1:14 left within the recreation, however Kingsbury put the kibosh on that.
“That wasn’t going to occur,” Kingsbury panned.
Kingsbury took his headset off in the course of the fourth quarter, not wanting so as to add any extra stress to Murray. Delegating a accountability equivalent to playcalling was a little bit of a reduction for Kingsbury.
“I appreciated it,” he stated. “I feel that administrative head coach function type of suits me. I may determine that out one in every of as of late. I’d be capable of sleep in so much longer.
“Yeah, it’s enjoyable simply to have the ability to watch the general macro perspective and take all of it in and never all the time be so consumed with playcalls and issues of that nature.”
Murray, who hasn’t practiced since Aug. 5 due to a sore wrist after which COVID-19, has known as performs throughout apply. He began calling them by way of a handheld mic and graduated to the headset. Kingsbury didn’t need to decide to Murray calling extra performs all through the offseason, saying, “we’ll see,” however he desires to maintain the quarterback concerned in a roundabout way.
Earlier within the recreation, Murray discovered a unique technique to be concerned. He was seen by cameras handing out water to teammates on the sideline. Regardless of the function Friday night time, Murray was embracing it.
“He’s performed a pleasant job,” Kingsbury stated. “He likes doing it, will get excited when good issues occur and he’s a tricky coach when unhealthy issues occur.”
ESPN’s Ben Child contributed to this story.
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