Cardinals GM Steve Keim clarifies that Kyler Murray will start Week 1
The Arizona Cardinals have officially ushered in a new era with quarterback Kyler Murray. General manager Steve Keim has already confirmed that it will begin in the 2019 NFL season.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding Arizona’s plans for Murray. Keim said during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show /a> that the rookie will start Week 1:
“We didn’t draft him one overall to ride the pine,” Keim said. “I know it’s a lot to put on his back, but that’s why we drafted him. He’s a fierce competitor, and that’s what he did at Oklahoma this year. He put the team on his back. They didn’t have a great defense, and he knew he had to score on almost every series to give them a chance to win. I sort of like the chances there.”
Keim’s comments should hardly come as any surprise. He has allocated plenty of resources toward finding a franchise quarterback in Arizona in recent years. Up until now, all his efforts have been to no avail and his failed attempts have prevented the franchise from addressing their other various needs on the roster. As a result, he cannot afford to have Murray on the bench while the team continues to struggle and his seat gets warmer.
Although head coach Kliff Kingsbury has yet to declare a starter, it is safe to say that he may agree with Keim. It is no secret that Kingsbury has long been a fan of Murray’s game and had his wish come true when the Cardinals made him the No. 1 overall pick. His only competition going into offseason workouts is former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley.
Keim’s future in Arizona is likely hinging on Murray’s development moving forward.