This is one way Kyler Murray showed his maturity. He looks like he wants to say so much after the match on Sunday, after that defeat that the cardinals should not have but have to do. He intelligently takes the time to consider what he will say to each question. It’s not much. But it doesn’t cause inflammation, even if that’s how he feels like going at the moment.
Midfielder Jordan Hicks said “no anger or disappointment”, and maybe he was just thinking about himself, but it flowed out from a handful of post-match press conferences and out of DeAndre. Hopkins as he takes it out on a court line like the game is over. Dolphins are better than what people think they are, and it looks like Tua Tagovailoa has some skills. He̵7;s definitely showed the “it” factor a couple of times on Sundays.
But the Cardinals returned to that position after the game against Carolina. They need a win, they need to play smarter. Regardless of COVID injuries and losses, the defense must find a way to stabilize (and they face the very good offense of Bills and QB Josh Allen next week).
“They did it and we didn’t,” said coach Kliff Kingsbury.
The Cardinals have to hope these wounds heal, especially in corner situations. I don’t know what Byron Murphy’s condition is with COVID, nor if Dre Kirkpatrick can return this week, but Bills has a better pass game than Dolphins. (Everyone asked about Prince Amukamara, that he wasn’t lifted off the training team and Jace Whittaker probably said something about the depth chart.)
– What more can you say about Murray. He was once great. Yes, that last throw would be great. Yes, he had to be careful and not have such early fumbling. But his throws were excellent – that bomb for Christian Kirk was a great one – and his run was on the right track. He ran well enough that he even made some shots to get more yardage (be smart about that, right?)
– Talking about midfielders who can move around … Cardinals was fine with passing but Tua escaped too many times. And Allen next week is really good at it, and gets older. That was the part of the game where the Cardinals needed to improve quickly. It’s not easy – Kyler proves against every defense he sees – but it’s necessary.
Isaiah Simmons started the game on the outside, and even made tackles in every first two innings. But his time dropped rapidly after that with Markus Golden playing most of the time opposite Haason Reddick.
– Hopkins had only three captures but had drawn a bunch of flags. Crossing off to the Cardinals was pretty good, saving Murray’s eventual failure. D-Hop will not go at 10-120 per week. But I would be curious to know how he reacted to the first match where he didn’t get many chances. Especially when it turns out to be a loss.
– I know Kingsbury was responsible for some bad play calls. He will do it when things don’t work. Even so, I don’t know if I have a big problem with them (and again, if you’re going to fool him like a pun, what about all these calls working? ?)
– The Cardinals loaded Chase Edmonds with Kenyan Drake out. Edmonds has 25 shots (just 70 yards; there’s very little space between all-night tackles) and another three in 18 yards. It was 28 touches and I guess he would be in pain. I guess they’ll be smart at training all week, especially knowing Drake probably won’t be playing again next week.
Tight ends make an impact. Maxx Williams netted a goal in his first return from injury, and a TD catch from Darrell Daniels – unexpectedly intercepting full-back Byron Jones in the backyard – was a difficult play. believe. It should feel good for Daniels, who struggled in the final match against the Seahawks.