3 Lessons Learned from Cardinals vs. Raiders


Kyler Was Humbled

  • And thats ok. The NFL is going to humble everyone at some point. Its not easy for anyone, even someone with as many exceptional physical attributes as Kyler Murray. My opinion from Day 1 has been that biggest questions for Kyler Murray are the same questions every single QB entering the NFL has to answer: Can he process information quickly? Can he make split second decisions combined with incredibly accurate throws in extremely tight windows? Can he bounce back from failure play to play, series to series, game to game, month to month? I’m not panicking about Murray’s performance against the Raiders, it may be the best thing for him but mastering the NFL is a steep hill for anyone to climb. I still believe Kyler will be very good but greatness isn’t handed to anyone.

Kliff Kingsbury Put on Notice

  • Kyler was called several times for a false start penalty by clapping his hands in the shotgun/pistol formation. The ESPN broadcast crew, led my last year’s Super Bowl head official John Parry, informed us Murray needs to be more rhythmic in his hand claps. Booger McFarland commented on how those types of actions may work in college but won’t fly in the NFL. Your head coach/personal QB coach should know that. The Cardinals were sloppy all over the field...that’s also on the head coach. Kingsbury rarely seems to raise his voice, change his expression or express any real frustration while coaching. Kingsbury enters the season as the Cardinals biggest question mark and that certainly appeared to be the case in the second preseason game.

The Defense Was Not All Steve Wilks Fault

  • Some within the Cardinals organization and some Cardinals fans truly believed that firing Steve Wilks and his staff would fix most of the Cardinals problems from a year ago. What they fail to realize is that Steve Keim’s fatally flawed roster building was just as culpable. Wilks was not a good cook but the ingredients Steve Keim gave him didn’t really give him much of a chance. And Vance Joseph is no Wade Phillips or Vic Fangio. Joseph was a respected defensive backs coach in Cincinnati but only has 1 year of defensive coordinator experience prior to being hired by the Cardinals for that job. After watching the front seven get gashed on the ground and the secondary get burned by Mike Glennon, things need to get better in a hurry for the Cardinals defense otherwise it doesn’t matter how good Kyler Murray is this year.

This tweet may be the only things for Cardinals fans to take solace in tonight

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