Kyler Murray’s Pro Bowl selection has been slammed by analysts.
On December 22, four players from the Arizona Cardinals were named to the Pro Bowl in 2021.
Arizona’s 10-4 team produced Kyler Murray, James Conner, Budda Baker, and Chandler Jones.
Conner had the most surprising season of the four, scoring 16 touchdowns and continuing to be a workhorse after Chase Edmonds went down with an ankle injury.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Murray joins Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady as the three quarterbacks selected in the NFC. This is Murray’s second consecutive season in the Pro Bowl, which has increased his fifth-year option.
Murray’s selection may have pleased Murray’s Cardinals teammates, coaches, and fans, but it did not satisfy some analysts.
While Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl, he was not among the Pro Bowl selections.
Murray’s selection over another NFC West quarterback was criticized by USA Today Sports’ Doug Farrar.
“In his first season in Sean McVay’s system, Stafford has looked like a quarterback rejuvenated — only Tom Brady (36) has more touchdowns in the NFL this season than Stafford’s 35, and Stafford has connected marvelously with his receivers (especially Cooper Kupp) despite an offensive line and run game that haven’t always been top-notch, and McVay’s strange early-season over-reliance on empty formations,” said Farrar.
“Murray has shown flashes of brilliance, but Stafford has been the superior quarterback overall.
Murray has 20 touchdown passes to Stafford’s 35, with both quarterbacks throwing 10 interceptions.”
Murray has the second-best completion percentage (69.8) and passing yards per attempt (8.42) in the league.
Murray’s season also appeared to be on the verge of becoming MVP for a while.
Murray, however, has struggled since returning from an ankle injury in Week 8.
Murray has three touchdowns and five interceptions in his last four games, and he looked out of place against the Lions, who have only one win.
On ESPN’s First Take, ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky, who has previously expressed his admiration for ex-teammate Stafford, blasted the decision.
“It’s ridiculous that Matthew Stafford didn’t make the Pro Bowl while Kyler Murray did,” Orlovsky said.
Stafford has the second-most touchdowns in the league.
In terms of touchdowns, Kyler is somewhere around 17th.
Matthew averages 300 yards per game when he throws,…
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