Cardinals’ Kyler Murray optimistic about team’s chances in 2023: ‘Sky’s the limit’

Arizona Cardinals signal caller Kyler Murray was the first overall pick in the draft in 2019, and has since been named to two Pro Bowls. But, the Cardinals have only had one winning season since Murray took over as starting quarterback.

Arizona is coming off a four-win season. Despite drafting standout Paris Johnson from Ohio State in April and signing linebacker Kyzir White and other key players during the early part of free agency, the Cardinals are expected to once again be one of the worst teams in the NFL this coming year. season.

But from Murray’s point of view, his team is in prime position to have a competitive season in 2023.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray warms up before playing the Los Angeles Chargers at State Farm Stadium on November 27, 2022, Glendale, Arizona. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports, File)

But, Murray will have to be healthy if he wants to contribute to any potential surprise season in Arizona.

He tore an ACL late last season and has been sidelined for the last six games. He underwent reconstructive surgery to repair the injury in January.

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ACL injuries typically require a minimum of eight months of recovery time, which means Murray may not be ready to play in Week 1 of this season. But, this week, he said his goal is to be ready for the first week of the season.

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray walks off the field after facing the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Glendale, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

«As far as the chip on my shoulder, as the kind of energy that I’m going into the season with, I feel free in a sense, you know, especially with the change up and the organization,» Murray said via of the Cardinals. ‘ Youtube channel.

«I feel like they’ve done a great job since they came here, holding people accountable, [and] the leadership. They’re really trying to build something from scratch.»

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Kyler Murray warms up before kickoff against the New England Patriots at State Farm Stadium on December 12, 2022, in Glendale, Arizona. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images, File)

Murray was optimistic about the direction the Cardinals are headed.

«The way we’re going, the way I feel like, personally, the sky’s the limit,» he said.

The Cardinals have a 25-31-1 record over the past four seasons, with their best year coming in 2021. Murray was an MVP candidate for the first part of that year and the team went 11-6 that year and qualified for the playoffs. .

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The Cardinals ultimately suffered a heavy loss to the Rams in the wild card round. The organization parted ways with head coach Kliff Kingsbury in January, with general manager Steve Keim resigning.

The team then hired former Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon as head coach, and named former Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort as general manager.