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K1 Podcast: Wrapping up Kyler Murray’s rookie season

Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 throws a touchdown pass to tight end Dan Arnold #82 of the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

By and large, it appears at the end of 2019 that the Arizona Cardinals got the Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray additions correct.

Arizona saw a leap in offensive production behind Kingsbury’s coaching and Murray showed growth over the course of his rookie season. The quarterback finished wtih 3,722 passing yards and 544 rushing yards on 5.8 yards per carry. He accounted for 24 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions but co-led the NFL by taking 48 sacks.

Considering the circumstances around him, that’s not too shabby.

But the Cardinals have their work cut out for K1 and K2 to help bridge the gap between a team that went 5-10-1 and the rest of the very good NFC West.

On the season review K1 Podcast, co-hosts Kevin Zimmerman and Rudy Carpenter put a bow on Murray’s rookie year, discuss his next career steps and go over how Arizona can stack the roster around their franchise quarterback.

1:19 — How did Murray playing through an injury in the season finale matter?

2:37 — The Week 16 win over the Seahawks was the highlight of the season for the Cardinals. It was a big game for backup quarterback Brett Hundley, who could be a free agent in March.

3:43 — Losing to Los Angeles in the season finale leads to this: Is Arizona close to competing for a playoff spot or even close to the other teams in the NFC West?

6:43 — Arizona will draft No. 8 based on its 5-10-1 record. Should GM Steve Keim prioritize the offensive line or wide receiver?

8:49 — A number of teams behind the Cardinals in the draft order could have quarterback desires.

11:32 — The running back situation is complicated, indeed.

12:59 — The Cardinals’ main weapons in the season finale were Dan Arnold, Kenyan Drake and Damiere Byrd. There’s good and bad about that.

14:30 — Back to Murray and the Kingsbury duo: What did we see in 2019 and what must happen for them to improve next season?

 


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