ARIZONA CARDINALS

ESPN’s Rex Ryan compares Cardinals QB Kyler Murray to Mike Vick

Sep 22, 2020, 7:30 AM | Updated: 3:51 pm

Former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan had nothing but good things to say about second-year Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray on Monday.

Ryan, speaking on ESPN’s morning show, “Get Up,” compared Murray to four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Mike Vick.

Ryan discussed Murray’s unique skillset to colleague Dan Orlovsky and how the second-year quarterback has quickly become one of the NFL’s most exciting signal-callers.

“Remember in college, we were like, ‘this kid never gets tackled.’ And now he’s not even getting touched,” Ryan said. “So, to me, I’ve seen this one other time I think when thinking about all of these players.

“I think it’s Michael Vick, but he throws the ball better. And so, to me that was it. The way Vick burst onto the scene, that’s the way this kid is right now.”

His logic stemmed from Murray’s ability to avoid sacks and hits in general, along with the quarterback’s throwing abilities.

Ryan drew upon Murray’s experience as an MLB draft pick to bolster his claim, saying his background as an outfielder helps him avoid contact with opposing defenders.

“I’ve never seen a guy take less hits. As soon as he scrambles, don’t worry about it Cardinals fans,” Ryan said. “He does not get hit, he doesn’t get touched. When you look at him, he either slides on the ground as a great baseball player, he gets out of bounds or he sticks it into the end zone. You’re not touching him.”

Ryan was not the only panelist to heap praise on Murray, however, as Orlovsky made sure to include him as one of the league’s best gunslingers.

“You’re probably getting close to staying on one hand as far as he’s such a difficult guy to play against,” Orlovsky said. “And here’s the thing, he’s the fastest player on the field more often than not.”

Murray’s meteoric rise with the Cardinals stems from his solid showing in the team’s first two games, throwing for 516 yards and two touchdowns, to go with 158 rushing yards and three scores on the ground.

The top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft will look to live up to such high standards against the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon.

Through the first two weeks of this season, the Lions are allowing the fifth-most yards per game at 425.5 and are also giving up 270.5 passing yards per contest.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) participates during the team's NFL football practice, Wednesday...
Nikash Nath

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray among top 5 QBs in multiple PFF passing metrics

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray's accuracy was on point in 2021, especially when looking at deep throws.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons #9 during the NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals an...
Nikash Nath

PFF’s Renner: Cardinals’ Isaiah Simmons a breakout candidate in Year 3

Cardinals' inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons was named a potential year three breakout candidate by PFF's Michael Renner.
1 day ago
Rodney Hudson #61 of the Arizona Cardinals in the huddle during the game against the Tennessee Tita...
Wills Rice

Former Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley thinks offense needs to find identity

"For (Kyler) the next step is just grabbing everyone around him, whether he just needs one play and everyone will look to him," Shipley said.
2 days ago
General Manager Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals looks on prior to the game against the Baltimor...
Tyler Drake

Important NFL dates to remember and how they impact Arizona Cardinals

A look at the important league dates to circle on your calendar and how they relate to the Arizona Cardinals' roster decisions.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury takes notes as he watches players taking part in drill...
Tyler Drake

Looming questions for the Arizona Cardinals ahead of training camp

There are quite a few questions marks surrounding the Arizona Cardinals ahead of training camp this offseason.
2 days ago
(Twitter photo/New England Patriots)...
Wills Rice

New England Patriots bring back red uniforms in Back to the Future spoof

The New England Patriots announced the team is bringing back their old-school red uniform and helmet combo for the 2022 season.
3 days ago
ESPN’s Rex Ryan compares Cardinals QB Kyler Murray to Mike Vick