Game Analysis, Week 1 (Kyler Murray & Jimmy Garoppolo)
Arizona @ San Francisco 9/13/20
Player – #1 Kyler Murray (QB)
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Kyler Murray came out of the gates throwing quick game throws that helped him get comfortable. Kingsbury had Murray distributing the ball to DeAndre Hopkins & Larry Fitzgerald early. Murray did a good job of playing from the pocket all game long as he would be both on time & decisive with his throws. He hit a deep comeback to the opposite hash during the 2nd quarter where he looked like a ten year vet. Murray was able to limit big hits from the 49ers front four (he took a few on the day) but was able to protect himself for the most part both in the pocket & when he ran the football. Murray was mechanically sound all day in terms of his feet, torque & release which allowed him to play with timing & throw with anticipation down the field. He was the best QB on the field during this game & was a big reason the Cardinals were able to upset the 49ers on the road. Murray ran for 91 yards on the day & delivered a dagger of a 25 yard electric TD run where he made the 49er secondary look silly due to his burst & agility.
Player Stats (Murray) 26 of 40 for 230 yards 1 TD, 1 INT
Player – #10 Jimmy Garoppolo (QB)
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Garoppolo started out on fire from an efficiency standpoint, as he was tasked with making quick short throws, one of which went 76 yards for a TD to RB Raheem Mostert. Jimmy G however began to struggle later on in the game once the Cardinals offense began to sustain drives, the pressure onSF to do the same was there & this seemed to fluster Jimmy a bit. Jimmy was behind his target on a 3rd & 5 to the flat mid first quarter and it was the beginning of a somewhat erratic day for him. He was generally uncomfortable in the pocket once any semblance of pressure arrived which
resulted in Jimmy dropping his eyes & panicking. He also did not properly ID coverage on a 3rd & 3 where it was clear man to man would open a specific route over the ball, but Jimmy panicked and threw up a prayer to his wheel route.
The 4th quarter came along and Jimmy G shrunk during the 49ers final opportunity late. The drive started with 5:03 left and SF down by 4 points at their own 25. Jimmy G did enough to get the offense in a position to take the lead by way of his quick passing & legs picking up a key first down near midfield. The offense stalled however once they got to the red zone as Garoppolo was trying to aim throws & not trust either what he was seeing pre-snap or just flat out mis reading coverages. The drive ended with a Garoppolo incompletion on 4th down where he hesitated on a 9-10 yard out route to his right side. As Garoppolo became more uncomfortable in the pocket, his lower body mechanics began to break down & he was not getting enough depth in his drop backs & also was short striding his throws.
Player Stats (Garoppolo) 19 of 33 for 259 yards & 2 TD