The Arizona Cardinals were dealt a devasting blow on Monday night when star quarterback Kyler Murray was carted off the field with a non-contact knee injury that was revealed to be a season-ending torn ACL. With Murray out, the team will now turn to backup quarterback Colt McCoy. And it sounds like head coach Kliff Kingsbury trusts his new quarterback.
During his press conference on Tuesday, Kliff Kingsbury revealed he’s confident in Colt McCoy going forward.
“[Monday] he had some tough breaks,” Kingsbury said in his press conference. “I think with a week of preparation [where] he gets the reps and he’s really confident that’s when he’s played at a high level. It’s not easy to come in on the third play of the game and then try to execute like that, but I thought he gave us a chance. We just weren’t able to make some plays there and in some critical situations.”
Kingsbury went on to explain that McCoy has a lot of respect in the locker room due to his long stint in the NFL.
“Whether it’s DBs or linemen or linebackers, he can talk football as well with different position groups as anybody I’ve ever seen,” Kingsbury said. “The respect level they have for him is through the roof and he puts in the work. He’s a brilliant football mind, and then he is really good when he gets a chance to play. The ball goes to the right spot [and] it goes out on time.
“He’s earned that right to play in this league as long as he can really operate and stay healthy, but a lot of it I think has to do with just his understanding. He could be a coach if he wanted to right now. He’d probably take my job easily. He has that type of knowledge and that type of command in the locker room.”
He’ll lead the team against the Denver Broncos this weekend.