Cardinals attack Murray: ‘Tough outside’

SEATTLE – Frustration with the sanity-confidence of the Arizona Cardinals’ attacking was notable after they failed to post an offensive touchdown for the second time this season and have yet to turn three fourth touchdowns in the field goal range in a 19-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on Sunday.

The loss left Arizona losing 2-4, and the nine-point tie tied for second place under head coach Cliff Kingsbury. The Cardinal hasn’t scored 30 points this season yet and they’ve hit 400 yards in just one game.

Kingsbury said he did not experience how long he suffered his attack.

“No, not yet since I was a coach,” he said. “Just not being able to find rhythm as criminality, is new to me. So, we’re going to keep working on that. On the people side, see how we can move things around, and on the layout side, see how we get better because it’s a six-game view and it wasn’t as good as what It is enough “.

Quarterback Keeler Murray said Arizona’s offense hasn’t been that bad since his rookie year.

“This is the last time I felt this hard,” he said. “We feel it’s hard out there now. Hard. That’s what it looks like. A lot of it is self-made, we put it on ourselves. We have to get better.”

Murray did not go into detail about what was too difficult for the attack, but said the Cardinals continued to find themselves in difficult situations after productive spurs.

“I feel like we moved the ball, got into a certain area, went down for a long time, and the next play we’re second and tenth, and that’s tough,” Murray said. “It’s tough [place] to be in.

“We’re not doing things right now.”

The Cardinals were finally able to break into the kind of starting they had been struggling with all season. They scored in the first quarter for the first time in 2022 on a field goal by breaker Matt Amendola and scored 131 yards – 56 yards less than they achieved on aggregate during the first quarter of each season.

From there, the cardinals’ struggles began again. In the first play of the second quarter, they failed to convert the first defeat out of three losing fourths. This is the point where things started to go wrong, Kingsbury said.

“I felt like we needed to turn that around,” he said. “For some reason after that, I felt like we lost some confidence or something. [We] He didn’t play well from that moment on. I have to be able to convert those in this situation and unfortunately it didn’t work out and we didn’t recover well.”

Arizona was 1-for-5 in the fourth touchdown, and didn’t convert the first three in the field goal range. Instead of taking the points, which could have kept the Cardinals in one place late in the game, Arizona came out with nothing. Kingsbury, who has said in the past that analyzes usually drive his decision to go fourth, said Arizona’s kicking position factored in those decisions on Sunday.

The Cardinals were without Matt Prater for the second game in a row and didn’t have faith in his replacement, Amendola, who cemented Kingsbury’s decision to continue to advance in fourth place when he missed an extra point in Arizona’s only touchdown in the game — Chris Banjo reclaimed a note from Seattle’s Michael Dixon in the Zone the end.

“Usually we are aggressive in fourth place but if Prater was here at least two of them would have hit at that point,” Kingsbury said.

After the game, Kingsbury will not commit his support to Amendola if Prater cannot play again Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints.

“We’ll have to discuss that,” Kingsbury said.

The Cardinals’ problems in fourth down and in the red, where they were 0 for 2 on Sunday, were amplified for Murray by their ability to move the ball at times against Seattle.

“We can’t finish,” Murray said. “You can’t finish. That’s the point of the story at the moment is not to finish driving, not to put the ball in the end zone. You can’t win that way.”

After collecting 131 yards in the first quarter, Arizona only managed 184 yards for the rest of the game.

“I have to do a better job of making sure that we manage things that we can do at a high level, that we are efficient, that we stick to the schedule and that we achieve the goals,” Kingsbury said. “We’ve just struggled all season. So, it starts from there, and then the execution, the routine plays that we do in practice and how we do it practically have to carry over to the matches, and now that’s no reason.”

Kingsbury said he knows right away when one of his theater calls is a “bad call,” but he also said he’s instantly noticeable when something Arizona has worked on doesn’t practically translate to the field. Murray agreed with Kingsbury’s assessment that the Cardinals do not play as they train.

“You can say that,” Murray said succinctly.

AJ Green’s wide receiver chalks up some offensive issues for the Cardinals to grapple with details.

“We don’t do the little things,” he said.

Murray threw for 222 yards and ran for 100 yards—the second time in his career he’d hit a 200 passing yards and 100 fast yards in a game—but Kingsbury felt Murray still found his rhythm along with the entire offense.

“I thought he ran the ball really well on some of the things we called and times when he had to play, but we’re definitely not in sync as we’ve been in the past as far as accuracy, timing, all those things, in general,” Kingsbury said. “We have to get there fast because it’s not good enough.”

Receiver Marquis Brown left the match late in the fourth quarter with a foot injury. He was wearing soft shoes on his left foot in the locker room. Brown said his X-rays are fine but he will know more about his condition on Monday.

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