The NFL award season is upon us. With that comes the announcement for Offensive Rookie of the Year. The 2019 winner is … Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals.
.@AZCardinals QB Kyler Murray is the 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year! @K1 (by @Oakley)
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— NFL (@NFL) February 1, 2020
This has caused quite a bit of controversy. There have been cries for a number of different players to win the award.
Arguments have been made for Josh Jacobs, A.J. Brown, Miles Sanders, Terry McLaurin and DK Metcalf among others.
While all those players made strong cases this year, it was Kyler Murray that took home the award.
Sure there was a lot of outrage over this, but honestly the stats were really strong.
Kyler Murray finished the year with 3,722 passing yards and 544 rushing yards. He truly was a dual-threat quarterback. And he helped make the Arizona Cardinals offense look much more competent than many believed it would look.
Kyler Murray did have 12 interceptions and five fumbles, however he threw 20 touchdown passes and ran four more into the end zone.
Murray was incredibly fun to watch, and had some truly fantastic games along the way. He had his growing pains, but again, he was not on a team anyone expected to succeed at all.
Murray is certainly set to be a star in the future. As for now, the award definitely has some detractors. A lot of people are unhappy with the ruling. That being said, there are a lot of people that agree with it as well.
It’s important to remember that these players are all rookies. They will have their chance to win a number of other awards and accolades in the future. And you can lift them up without tearing down a bright young star like Murray in the process.
If the controversy surrounding this award tells us anything, it’s that the future of the NFL is very bright, with all these names being tossed around for Offensive Rookie of the Year.