Brace yourselves, I'm about to offer some praise for Cardinals Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Are you ready?
Ok, here goes: I love Kliff Kingsbury handing play calling duties to Kyler Murray during some preseason action.
I get that the rest of the NFL world doesn't get the Kliff/Kyler dynamic. They're close, trust each other and like each other.
They aren't at odds over play calling, if anything their relationship is the only thing that makes this experiment possible, despite the common misconception over their relationship.
Here's what I love about Kyler calling plays: If Kyler is the most important figure in the organization and the biggest driver of their potential success, why not do everything you can to try and gain an edge. Calling plays isn't some half baked idea conjured up to get social media clicks, its a potentially savvy way of improving Kyler's decision making and understanding of meaningful game situations.
If I were the Cardinals, I'd have him slap on the defensive coordinator headset in Game 3 of the preseason. Think about what he could learn seeing what other teams see when he's on the field.
All of this is an effort to provide the most well rounded experience for Kyler Murray to have to draw upon whenever he needs to.
Think about it this way: what better way for a boss to understand their job than knowing what every department in the company does. If a CEO spends a week in sales, the next week in accounting, the following week in marketing and the last week in customer service, isn't he or she better equipped to make decisions down the road that need to be made?
Most teachers prefer a principle who has been in a classroom before.
I'd imagine Kyler Murray understanding play calling from the sideline and under center will make him a more complete quarterback and a more understanding leader.
More than snack breaks, phone breaks and late season collapses, this might be an innovation the rest of the league latches on to from Kliff Kingsbury.