Field Marshal Kyler Murray # 1 of the Arizona Cardinals fights football during the second half of the NFL game against the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Lions and Cardinals tied 27-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)
There were many things that didn't go well for the Arizona Cardinals and rookie quarterback Kyler Murray on the offensive in a Week 1 draw against the Detroit Lions.
One of the main problems was Murray's constant pressure and the airstrike did not accelerate things until later in the game.
This was directly represented by Murray, who took an average of 2.84 seconds to make a pitch, the tenth slowest time among all quarterbacks in Week 1.
Cynthia Frelund of NFL.com wrote that this is not something that should become a trend, that is, for how much longer he could remain in his pocket later in the game.
In the first three quarters of the Arizona tie with Detroit, Murray averaged 3.11 seconds from launch to launch. In the fourth quarter and overtime, this accelerated to 2.61 seconds, and is projected to continue accelerating. In the first three quarters, Murray ran for 8.8 yards per pass attempt and in the fourth quarter more overtime only averaged 5.5 yards per attempt.
As expected with a rookie quarterback and the dynamics of the Kliff Kingsbury offensive, the Cardinals will thrive with short achievements at an accelerated pace.
Take three deep finishes to David Johnson (27 yards) and Larry Fitzgerald (41 and 45 yards) and Murray averaged 7.4 yards per finish. And even with those three catches, Murray's 10.6 yards by the end tied from the twentieth to the first list of games. That is remarkable with Murray completing the sixth most passes of all the quarterbacks of Week 1, an issue that should continue.
Frelund cites the inexperience of Murray and Kingsbury as a factor as well.
In the game, we have already seen the seeds of this slow time to launch changes, and my model strongly indicates that this number will continue to decrease as Murray takes more photos and freshman Kliff Kingsbury calls for more moves designed to get the Ball comes out faster, with quarterback and coach adjusting to the learning curve of life in the NFL.
Murray and the Cardinals' offensive will seek to speed things up on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The start is scheduled for 10 a.m. 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station.
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