Kyler Murray was the best in the NFL at a pitching guy

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s second season was fantastic. He improved in almost all offensive categories. According to Doug Farrar of Touchdown Wire, he was the league’s best quarterback on a particular pitch.

He was No. 1 on the throws of a three-stage fall.

Murray showed more improvements than was generally believed in his second season in the NFL, showing an increase in completion rate, touchdown percentage, adjusted net yards per pass attempt and a serious drop in bags. Murray learned at one point to let the game go before he got frantic in the pocket, which certainly helped. Another element that helped was his three-stage throwing efficiency – he made 122 of 174 such throws for 1,426 yards, 912 yards, 14 touchdowns, three interceptions and just seven sacks. Murray’s quarterback’s three-stage pitching score of 114.3 was the league’s highest, placing him first here ahead of Ben Roethlisberger, who led the league with 331 three-stage falls and pitched 23 touchdown passes, but also had six interceptions.

Murray made much better decisions in 2020. His performance on the short descents is proof of that. He knew where to go with the call and got rid of it. He guessed a lot less and ran around trying to wait for a coin to emerge.

As a result, he was sacked a lot less and the Cardinals’ offense was better.

In 2021, he needs to improve with more throws. He doesn’t have to be the # 1 multi-shot passer, but he just needs to improve in each category and he will be a great passer next season.

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