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TEMPE, Ariz. Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has high expectations for quarterback Kyler Murray heading into their first NFL playoff game Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.
“I think that’s what he’s been waiting for for three years,” Kingsbury said on Wednesday. “He’s a guy who wants to play for something and knows he’s playing for something.
“This is his first shot in the playoffs and I expect he will probably play the best game of his career. I know he will give everything he has.”
No pressure or anything.
Murray has experience in big, pressured games with crucial results at stake. He won three state championships in a row in high school and led the Oklahoma Sooners to the semifinals of the College Football Playoff in 2018 – and that’s on top of the countless primetime matches he played in throughout his career.
He is 22-23-1 as the Cardinals’ starter, a big change from the success he had before reaching the NFL.
Kingsbury rooted his expectations for Murray’s performance Monday night in Murray’s personality. He said Murray has no cues or signs that would make Kingsbury believe Murray wants a particular type of game.
“I do not want to say that there is anything to that degree; it is more just to know the competitor that he is, to know that he has been waiting for this moment for a long time,” Kingsbury said. “It’s been a laugh, three years of trying to build this thing up to get into the playoffs, day in and day out, a lot of ups and downs; I know he’s just looking forward to this opportunity and he will give all he has. “