2019 Arizona Cardinals – An Ugly Improvement
Kliff Kingsbury has done enough to show us that the 2019 Arizona Cardinals, while winless, are an improved team from last years' Wilks campaign. Suffice it to say, Kingsbury’s team has lacked execution on key plays which is creating difficulty for their offense to obtain first downs, and (for) their defense from stopping them. Each week of the 2019 NFL season has been a contradiction to that of prior weeks for the Arizona Cardinals from an executional standpoint.
One week they will show flashes of greatness in the passing game followed by the next week in which it seems as though passing the ball is not an option. Passing is not the only example of the bipolarism this team has shown. Offensive line, backfield, receiving, rush-stopping and linebacking play have been bouncy as well.
Kyler Murray has by no means shown that he’s incapable of withstanding presence in the pocket, however, he has also shown obvious rookie mistakes in his first four weeks. Inability to get rid of the ball in pass rush situations has caused the Cardinals to lose yardage and downs on a litany of occasions through the first quarter of this NFL season. (On multiple occasions,) He has also chosen to run out of bounds with the ball behind the line of scrimmage instead of throwing the ball away, causing loss of yardage for absolutely no reason.
The Arizona Cardinal’s improved offensive line in week 4 gave Murray time to make better decisions which unfortunately did not lead to much. He was able to lead the offense down the field for an early field goal attempt, which was failed by the previously perfect Zane Gonzalez. He even scrambled out of heavy pressure on 3rd down to complete a 15-yard pass to Trent Sherfield which kept them alive on that drive. The missed field goal was obviously of no fault to Murray but likely due to the replacement place-holder, Ryan Winslow throwing off Gonzalez’ juju on multiple occasions against Seattle.
Murray had an interception taken back for a touchdown by Jadeveon Clowney, widening the point gap between the two teams, causing further difficulty for Arizona to pull out it’s first win in 2019. (However) This year’s team is not going to be about how they win, rather, how they lose. I believe from now until the end of this season, we will see Kingsbury continue to push his team to the capacity of their fullest limitations and Kyler Murray try his best to keep this team in games. For now, the talent to execute wins is not there. At least, not against Seattle, Carolina, Baltimore and Detroit. Cincinnati may have another story in store for this team. That is only possible if the Cardinals can click on all cylinders and produce touchdowns in the redzone.