Former NFL WR Keyshawn Johnson Says Cardinals Not 'Real'

Howard Balzer

Count former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson as one media member that doesn’t believe the Cardinals are “for real.”

Certainly, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but Johnson’s logic is somewhat flawed, especially when it came to something as basic as getting facts right.

The discussion occurred earlier this week on ESPN Radio's Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin Show.

The hosts were debating the NFL’s 11 unbeaten teams and which ones are “real or not real.”

Dismissing the Cardinals as “not real,” Johnson said, "They are a 6-7 game win-type team, even though they got two under their belt already. I like the fact that their offense is high octane, explosive, but when you look at the time of possession on this team, it certainly makes me scratch my head."

We hope Johnson’s head isn’t too scratched up because the time of possession point was a strange one to make.

After two games, the Cardinals average in the category is 32:35, which ranks seventh in the league. Yes, seventh. And one of the teams in front of them, the Los Angeles Chargers, have them beat by a whopping two-second average at 35:37.

The other five teams ahead of the Chargers and Cardinals are Green Bay, 38:01; Indianapolis, 35:54; Buffalo, 35:06; Las Vegas, 33:45; and the Los Angeles Rams, 33:25.

While Johnson said he likes what quarterback Kyler Murray does “within the system,” he then said, “Long term, I don't think the Arizona Cardinals are made for the NFL, to make a run, because when you start running up against the Rams and (defensive lineman) Aaron Donald and (cornerback) Jalen Ramsey against (wide receiver) DeAndre Hopkins and you take that weapon away, or you start running up against (quarterback) Russell Wilson and Seattle or some of these other teams that you've got to face that have a little more 'umph' on the defensive side of the ball, we'll certainly see.”

Fellow host Jay Williams said he believes the Cardinals are indeed “real” and said, "They are telling me we need to go to break, or I would retort. The Lions, at the Panthers, at the Jets. They will be 5-0. And then we will be seeing if they are real or not, Keyshawn."

To which Johnson concluded, "The Lions, you never know, (head coach) Matt Patricia might pull a rabbit out of a hat. You never know."

Patricia might do that, but heck, even a rabbit couldn’t catch Murray.

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CrazedAZCardsdude
CrazedAZCardsdude

Yall gotta get used to the fact that Kyler Murray is the best QB in the game right now. #nextlevel

Howard Balzer
Howard Balzer

Editor

Now, I will say that TOP would be higher if offense wasn't as up-tempo, but then they might not be as successful. Bottom line is probably believed the TOP wasn't good because of how fast they play without, you know, actually checking!

Cardsallday1
Cardsallday1

One of the points Keyshawn seemed to be focusing on is time of possession and how the defense simply wouldn’t be able to hold up. But through the 1st couple of games the team is something like 6th in time of possession! I gather this was simple a matter of a tv personality trying to say something catchy or outlandish when he likely hasn’t even watched the team play, isn’t familiar with the roster this year, and is basing his baseless comment on things he heard about last year when most of us are fully aware of the completely different situation and team this was last year.

Howard Balzer
Howard Balzer

Editor

Good points to add to the bogus time of possession comment. It's called, "do some research!"

Shravaka
Shravaka

Here is the one point Keyshawn is making that I do not understand: "some of these other teams that you've got to face that have a little more 'umph' on the defensive side of the ball, we'll certainly see.” Ah, excuse me, but wasn't the 49ers considered like the best defenses in the league? How much more UMPH is there with the Niners DL? And then WFT, were they not suppose to have one of the best DL's given their 8 sacks against the Eagles the week before??? HELLO! Keyshawn? Have you had a covid test lately?

Redbird1
Redbird1

Pulling a rabbit out of the hat? Kind of like scratching yourself and pulling out a hare of a different kind and color. Kind of kinky, huh?


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