Kyler Murray had one last chance to lead the Cardinals back after 14 points in the second half against the Rams in “Monday Night Football” after his team recovered a kick as soon as the game had 37 seconds left. He couldn’t get the job done.
Arizona led an ugly driveway where the team captured the ball just three times and backed 24 yards to mark a defeat 30-23 Week 14. The final photo is a microcosm of the team’s struggles throughout the competition.
The Cardinals had the ball on their 42-yard line with the passage of time after James Conner finished 9 yards. Murray lined up his teammates for games two and 16, and the Cardinals caught the ball with five seconds remaining. Looks like Arizona is holding a Hail Mary to try to complete its conversion.
Murray was never close to reaching a pass. He was immediately surrounded by relentless pressure from the Rams, and his line of attack was unable to stop them. Literally. Several players stared at Murray shortly after the moment when Aaron Donald chased the third-year quarterback.
Why doesn’t the manager block? Murray explained after the match that there had been a “miscommunication” in the final game.
“It was miscommunication between me and the o-line,” Murray said, Yahoo Sports ‘Dan Wetzel. “They thought it was going to be a ‘spike.’ But that is the heat of the moment. I don’t even recall what was said in the helmet. ”
This isn’t the first time the Cardinals misinformed during a loss this season. It happened to the Packers in Week 8, when Murray threw a late-zone interception 28-24, because AJ Green wasn’t looking for the ball on a potential TD pitch. That cost Arizona the game.
So obviously, the Cardinals need to work on their overall communication, especially in late game situations.
A spike would probably be a cautious move for the Cardinals. It would allow them more time to line up and get a legal Hail Mary shot, or some sort of hook and side play.
Instead, play would decline due to one of many missed opportunities from a careless loss of the ball by the Cardinals.
“Lots of penalties, two passes, fourth down conversion,” said Murray. “If we do a lot of different things, it will end up differently.”