Kliff Kingsbury let Kyler Murray call plays in practice to teach him 'this s*** ain't easy'

Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury wants quarterback Kyler Murray to understand one thing when it comes to calling plays: "It's not easy."
Kingsbury gave Murray the ability to call plays in practice and rated Murray as a play caller. The Verdict: Kingsbury wouldn't want to play for Murray.
As Kingsbury explained, he let Murray name plays for the backup quarterbacks on Saturday. Kingsbury made the decision so Murray could experience what it was like to call plays during a game. Kingsbury then joked that he didn't want to play for Murray because Murray kept talking to the quarterbacks until they threw the ball.
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Those quotes can be read maliciously, but Kingsbury smiled and joked to get his thoughts across, according to Cardinals author Darren Urban. Kingsbury said Murray did a good job but is unlikely to call any more plays during practice.
Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury face a critical season together
It's important that Kingsbury and Murray get on the same side ahead of the 2022 NFL season. Both men face a critical season together. Despite inking a mega deal with the Cardinals, Murray is under pressure to deliver after another fade in the second half and a disappointing performance in the playoffs.
Kingsbury also bears some responsibility in the team's second-half struggles. The Cardinals opened the 2021 NFL season 7-0 before going the rest of the way 4-6. Another poor showing late in the season or in the playoffs could put Kingsbury out of work.
The team should be tested immediately. The Cardinals open the season in Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Arizona also plays in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL and will face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3.
Those aren't must-win games, but could shed some light on whether Murray and the Cardinals will make a move forward in 2022.
Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray face a critical season with the Cardinals. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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