TEMPE, Ariz. — Following a second consecutive late-season slump and a devastating loss in the NFC wildcard round last year, theThey reported to voluntary-organized team activities in May, knowing that they had work to complete.
Arizona knew that it couldn't solve all its problems instantly. Arizona knew it couldn't fix all its problems immediately. But, it decided to remedy its football missteps almost entirely without a quarterback, who attended one of the three mandatory minicamps or the voluntary OTAs.
Murray's teammates were not bothered. They understood that Murray, a fourth-year quarterback who is involved in contract negotiations, did not have to attend OTAs. They supported him, largely because they understood that there is a business side of football.
Left tackle, “That's me quarterback”said. “I saw a quote that said, “Have you ever seen the organization before he arrived here?” I'm here because Carson was there. [Palmer]I have seen greatness. But that is not a lie.
“If Kyler is not our future then you are a fool.” That's undisputed.”
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Kliff Kingbury, Cardinals coach, diverted questions about Murray's attendance at certain practices back to the quarterback. Murray did not respond to media inquiries this offseason. Kingsbury said that the key to Arizona's success last year was in its scheme. Arizona was able make adjustments, additions and tweaks to its plan with the help of its backup quarterbackMurray was not at practice.
Kingsbury stated, “He and Kyler clearly have a wonderful relationship and they can discuss things and work out things and get any issues that might have been cloudy last year and didn't enjoy as a unit sorted.”
According to Kingsbury, the setup worked. He has been able get input from Murray all through the offseason.
Kingsbury stated that “I don’t think there’s been too much missed,”
Kingsbury added that Murray's absence for only two weeks of practice wasn't a problem in terms of building camaraderie. Two consecutive COVID offseasons helped Arizona build cohesion without having to be there for everyone.
Kingsbury stated, “Not having an offseason for the past two years, I think guys who are used to it,”. “It's not as much of an issue as it seems. There are a few guys who train by themselves and do these things, and people understand that.
“Once you're at training camp, there's lots of time to bond with others.”
Every player takes a different approach to voluntary workouts.said.
Watt stated, “Being here at OTAs with the guys, I think that it is extremely valuable because I don’t believe you can get better football without playing football.” Watt said, “So, taking advantage every opportunity, taking advantage all the individual drills, and the camaraderie, getting the guys together, is for me personally very important.”
Humphries learned early in his career from Andre Smith, an ex-NFL offensive lineman, not to let the league surprise.
He said that certain things must go in a certain manner for both sides to be happy. “I don't get involved in such things. When I talk about stuff, I don't want anyone in my business. “I support my guy every step of the way.”
Murray ran back when he was on the fieldMurray looked the same as he did when he was alive.
Conner said that Conner was “here for a little bit, throwing an excellent ball,” so we know he'll be available when the game comes around.