Kyler Murray kept the offense unpredictable with his ability to run. He also has become better at progressing through his reads and he is becoming mo comfortable as a pocket passer.
There were injuries in the RB room and Kenyan Drake was not as effective as he was the previous year although he did run for 955 yards.
Protection & Blocking
The offensive line was not great. If Kyler Murray was not a mobile QB there would have been a lot more sacks. Josh Jones their rookie OT did not play much. Considering he is an older prospect it's concerning. I expect him to start in 2021 either at RT or LT.
DeAndre Hopkins made a huge difference in that receiving core and he was their clear cut No. 1 receiver. This allowed Christian Kirk to fit in his role as a No. 2.
Big Play Ability
Red Zone Success
Skills Analysis Notes
Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins will be problems for NFL Defenses for a long time. Kyler Murray is starting to develop into more of a complete passer and he is reading defenses better. I believe he will be a Top 10 QB in the near future maybe one or two years. When a team has an elite QB they always have a chance. Their defense will improve and I believe Isaiah Simmons will continue to develop and be a very good coverage LB.
The defensive line improved and with the addition of Marcus Golden they were able to get additional pressure with him in the lineup.
Their first-round rookie Isaiah Simmons was inconsistent and lacked experience at the position. He is a coverage LB who will get better.
Hassan Reddick is better as a situational pass rusher than he is MLB I think OLB is his best positional fit.
Budda Baker has proved to be an elite safety and one of the best at his positions. The secondary is young and getting better and with the veteran presence of Patrick Peterson, it certainly helps.
Passing Game Defense
Stopping the Run
Controlling Field Position
Stopping The Big Play
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Team Grade
They came close to making the playoffs this year but they still need to establish a better defense. The need to be able to defend the run a bit better and be less reliant on two players offensively. They need to utilize Kenyan Drake more so that it can take the pressure off Hopkins and Murray.
Did the team's performance meet your expectations?
Met My Expections
I thought they were good enough to be a playoff-caliber team but they would end up coming short due to a lack of experience at the QB position and coaching inexpierence. I expected them as an 8-8 team that would show steady improvement throughout the season. They ended up finishing 8-8 as I expected them to. Overall this is a great step towards the future and I expect if their healthy next year to be a 10-6 football team but we shall see.