Over the last two years, the Arizona Cardinals have become one of the league’s most exciting teams to watch. Much of that is centered on star quarterback Kyler Murray‘s promising play. Before Murray embarks into his third NFL season, Larry Fitzgerald offered some critical advice involving Tom Brady.
Kyler Murray nearly leads the Cardinals to the playoffs
After a busy offseason, the Cardinals took another step forward in the 2020 campaign, nearly securing a playoff berth.
Murray became a significant part of the improvement behind his steady play by topping his rookie campaign with 3,971 passing yards on a 67.2% completion rate with 26 touchdown passes along with 819 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Meanwhile, he struggled with ball control with 21 turnovers (12 interceptions and nine fumbles).
Despite that, he provided tremendous offensive stability behind his dual-threat ability. Murray quickly built a strong connection with star wideout DeAndre Hopkins, who finished second in the league with 115 catches, third with 1,407 receiving yards, and six touchdowns.
All that nearly helped the Cardinals capture a wildcard playoff berth, but back-to-back losses to end the regular season crushed those aspirations. As Murray moves toward his third NFL campaign, one of his teammates offered him some crucial advice inspired by Tom Brady.
Larry Fitzgerald delivers a motivational lesson from Tom Brady for Kyler Murray
Murray has taken some notable steps forward in his development, but there remains plenty of room for growth.
With that in mind, Larry Fitzgerald recently offered his Cardinals teammate some keywords of advice that involves Tom Brady.
“Communicate. The great QBs are great at talking to their guys on the sidelines. Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes – they’re constantly communicating, trying to get on the same page,” Fitzgerald said during a recent Bleacher Report Q&A.
Fitzgerald’s 17-year NFL career provides him with a wealth of knowledge regarding what fuels success. Brady is the gold standard that every other quarterback attempts to follow. It’s led stars such as Patrick Mahomes to fully embracing a similar mindset toward handling the position at the highest level.
It may be as simple as communication, but it’s vital in any situation toward getting the most out of any play or figuring out the necessary adjustments. At the same time, it certainly helps that Brady and Mahomes possess tremendous talent. However, it’s the extra work they put forth that lifts them toward sustained success.
Murray continues to demonstrate steady improvement, further fueling optimism for the Cardinals’ future. He will need to maintain that progress in his maturation if Arizona hopes to become a Super Bowl contender.
Cardinals’ future lies in his hands
Over the last two years, the Cardinals’ front office has moved all-in with constructing the roster around Murray.
Regardless if Fitzgerald returns for an 18th season, Arizona possesses a talented group of wide receivers headlined by Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and offseason addition A.J. Green. The Cardinals are taking a calculated risk with Green on a one-year deal worth $8 million, but he has a promising opportunity to prove he’s still among the game’s best players.
Running back Kenyan Drake departed in free agency, but the team secured its backfield by bringing in former Pro Bowler James Conner on a one-year, $1.7 million deal. Like Green, if Conner can move past the past injury struggles, he holds the chance to become a significant offensive factor.
Beyond that, it further signals that the Cardinals are focused on allowing Murray to shine. The 23-year-old can take another significant step forward toward becoming one of the game’s best quarterbacks.
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