Ron Wolfley dismisses notion of QB controversy for Arizona Cardinals
PHOENIX – Is there a quarterback controversy brewing for the Arizona Cardinals?
Absolutely not, radio analyst and host Ron Wolfley said a day after backup Colt McCoy led the Cardinals past the host Los Angeles Rams 27-17.
“There is not a quarterback controversy,” Wolfley told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Monday morning. “Colt McCoy, of course, is the backup for the Arizona Cardinals. Kyler Murray is their starter and will be their starter going forward when he is healthy. There’s no doubt about it.”
Murray was out Sunday with a hamstring injury. Rams starter Matthew Stafford (concussion) also missed the game, which Wolfley said was a must win for the Cardinals.
“Winning that game and getting to 4-6 basically saved their season,” Wolfley said. “Dropping to 3-7 at that point meant you probably were going to have to win seven games in a row even to have a shot at getting into the postseason.”
McCoy, in his second season in Arizona, is now 3-1 when the Cardinals have called upon him to start.
“McCoy came in and showed his value, showed you why he’s so valuable to this team, not only as a mentor to Kyler Murray, but also as a guy that can come and win you games if you have to.”
The Cardinals surprised even Wolfley by calling 11 straight pass plays on their first possession.
“That to me blew me away,” he said. “I never saw that coming. They moved the ball down the field, tied the game up with a field goal.”
The Cardinals (4-6) face another NFC West rival next week when they travel to Mexico City to face the San Francisco 49ers (5-4) on Monday Night Football.
It’s too soon to know who the Cardinals will start at quarterback, but Wolfley said the team should be cautious with Murray because of the type of injury he has.
“I’m not going to run him out there if, in fact, he’s got any hamstring issues whatsoever. You don’t want this thing to linger, you don’t want it to hang around. You want it to get over with right now, get him healthy,” Wolfley said.
“When he’s ready to go and there’s no problems with the hamstring, then you go ahead and you bring him back. But there’s not any quarterback controversy as to who’s going to play when Kyler is healthy.”