Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and head coach Kliff Kingsbury are both most comfortable using the shotgun formation, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that they are looking at not being under center for the 2019 season.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic predicts that Murray will be under center very little this upcoming season, and maybe not at all.
Kingsbury was asked earlier this week if he expects the team to spend more than 90 percent of the offensive snaps in the shotgun. Kingsbury initially said he wasn't sure, but his answer sure sounds like he has already made up his mind.
“That’s another thing we’re working through, to see what the best balance for us is,” Kingsbury said. “Last year, Kansas City was 80 percent-plus. They were decent on offense. Pretty good. So, we’ll see. Whatever fits our team best is what we’re going to do.”
Kingsbury likes the shotgun because it initially gives the quarterback a clean pocket to work with and a clearer picture of what the defense is doing.
“It just eliminates having to get away from the center,” he said. “Those are big guys pushing back in your face right away. So you’re seeing a clearer picture sooner. Whereas when you’re under center, it takes a while to see the field and see that clear picture. To me, you’re able to see it clearer pre-snap and post-snap.”
If it's what both guys are comfortable with, it only makes sense that the Cardinals would develop an offense that involves a lot of snaps coming from the shotgun.