Publish Date: 08/06/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Josh Weinfuss, an ESPN reporter, tweeted about Kliff Kingsbury’s decision to have Kyler Murray call the plays on Sunday. As a head coach, Kingsbury said that he forced Murray to do this in order to provide him with a fresh perspective on what it takes to make difficult decisions from the sidelines. Check out the best new sports betting sites for betting on the NFL.
“I just wanted him to know that, ‘Hey, this sh*t ain’t easy. Every now and then, he starts shaking his head when I’m calling it in there. I’m like, ‘Alright, go ahead big dog,’” said Kingsbury to Weinfuss.
Interestingly, prior to Murray testing positive for Covid-19 and requiring quarantine, Kingsbury instructed Murray to complete the call plays.
Kingsbury made the decision because he didn’t think Murray understood how tough it was to call plays over the radio. Kingsbury indicated that he wanted Murray to have the experience so that he could comprehend Kingsbury’s viewpoint while calling plays in games.
Murray’s inexperience as a play caller, though, made Kingsbury laugh, saying that the 24-year-old quarterback continued to speak in the backup’s ear as the play advanced.
Kingsbury even mentioned that he couldn’t see him becoming the player coached by Murray.
“I would not want to play for Kyler Murray if I was a quarterback and he was the coach.”
Previously, it was reported that Arizona included an unusual condition in Murray’s massive contract deal for $230,5 million. The contentious provision requires Murray to conduct independent research study for at least four hours every week.
However, following reaction, the provision was removed.
It’s even more intriguing given that no other NFL player received a “study hall” condition in their contract, calling Murray’s devotion to the organization into doubt.
Ian Rapoport announced the decision to remove the provision on Twitter on July 28.
“The #AZCardinals have removed the controversial “independent study” clause from QB Kyler Murray’s $230.5M contract, sources say, a move that happened yesterday.”