GLENDALE, Ariz. – Thursday night was another example of how the NFL is trying to understand the rookie quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray.
Murray was reported twice for false starts in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders because of his cadence, in which Murray clapped his hands for the snap. Officials told him he was "too abrupt" in his applause and "not smooth enough to join hands," Murray said.
The two penalties cost the Cardinals 10 yards, but coach Kliff Kingsbury stated after the Arizona loss of 33-26 that he has no intention of changing Murray's cadence into a verbal call.
"I think it's the first time some officials see it, and we've been in touch with the league and we've had a great conversation about it," Kingsbury said. "We will work on this and ensure that everyone is on the same page. We want to be on the same page and make sure we do the things that they consider legal."
Kingsbury called conversations with the league and officials "on-going".
Last season, the quarterbacks suffered eight penalties for the false start, and none had more than one in a match, according to ESPN's statistics and information search. The last time a quarterback was called for two penalties for a false start in a regular season game was Saints Drew Brees on 27 October 2013, against the Bills.
Murray, who finished his second 3-of-8 pre-season game for 12 yards with a run for 4 yards, said his difficult count will not be affected if changes are made to his cadence.
"For me, it's like any other hard count," Murray said. "It's the defense's job to watch the ball, so it doesn't really make sense to me. I think we're trying to sort things out right now."
The release of Murray, which lasted four assets and in the second quarter, was not as efficient or productive as that shown in Week 1.
In addition to his inefficient line of statistics and the two false start penalties, Murray was also reported to be late for play and was fired for a salvation. Murray did not agree with the flag of the game delay.
"I don't think they restored the clock," said Murray. "But being pre-season, I don't think they really cared to try it because there was no way for time to go down for 24 seconds."
On the bag, which happened in the second quarter and ended up being his last game, Murray said he thought he had landed on the 1-yard line. After that play, Murray thought it was time to get out of the game.
"It didn't really matter," he said.
This was Murray's approach to Thursday night in general. However, Murray said he understood the need to eliminate the popping problems and the 14 penalties of the Arizona for 108 yards.
"I mean, it's football," Murray said. "We were not as beautiful as we would have liked, but it is the preseason. That's why it's the preseason. It's difficult because we're not playing a whole game, and it's … I mean it's not real, but it's not the normal season. doing everything we do. It gets frustrating, but at the same time it's preseason. "
Kingsbury supported Murray's approach to the preseason, adding that the offensive approach to vanilla makes these games a bit more difficult. But Murray believes that the Cardinals will look different in Week 1, when they reveal their offense in its entirety and their game plan for the Detroit Lions.
"I think it will be very different, just because we will fix them, just like they will fix us," Murray said. "But we'll go to full capacity and we'll see."
Kingsbury said he was satisfied with some of the decisions taken by Murray, but added that the choice of the overall draft n. 1 missed some close-ups. Murray had four reversals in the first quarter, according to ESPN's statistics and information search. He had four or more spills in just two games throughout his college career.
On Thursday evening, Murray scored an average of 1.5 yards per attempt after averaging 6.3 yards per attempt last week against chargers. Last season in Oklahoma, he scored an average of 11.6 yards per attempt and his lowest average in a single match was 8.3 against the Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Murray said that only one pass escaped him from Thursday – a throw in the middle of Christian Kirk – but added that he felt safe in every shot.
"He understands what it is," Kingsbury said. "He understands what we are trying to accomplish and where we are and what we are doing offensively at the moment, so he is very confident."