Mahomes won the league MVP in 2018 and Mayfield had a fantastic rookie season. Kyler Murray is aiming to follow in those footsteps after the Cardinals took him No. 1 overall in the draft to fulfill Kingsbury’s ideal quarterback vision.
Murray showed impressive command of the offense in the preseason and Kingsbury said the full playbook will be available against Detroit.
“We’ll roll it out there and see what we’ve got,” Kingsbury said. “(Murray) has picked things up quick. Like has been talked about, everyone else has been kind of catching up to him, as far as the operation of things, what we’re looking for, how we want to play. So we’ll cut it loose on Sunday.”
Since entering the NFL coaching ranks in 2005, Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has watched offenses evolve to feature more dual-threat quarterbacks, run-pass options and spread philosophies. He believes the Cardinals are on the right side of the inevitable shift.
“This game is driven by quarterback play, and what the college teams are giving us is what we’re seeing with the young quarterbacks,” Joseph said. “I don’t think it’s going away. It’ll probably become more what NFL offenses look like. That’s the product that we’re getting. You can’t draft these quarterbacks in the top-5, top-10 and totally change what you drafted them on.”
The Cardinals hope Kingsbury and Murray can take the league by storm, and while conclusions certainly won’t come Sunday, it will be the first glimpse after an offseason of anticipation.
The players have a quiet confidence about a turnaround from last year’s 3-13 campaign, but remain tight-lipped about its execution.
“We might throw it deep, we might throw it short,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “To the right and to the left, probably some over the middle.”
The guessing game ends soon.
“I know exactly what’s coming,” Fitzgerald said, “and you’ll see Sunday.”