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Monday, November 16th, 2020
CARDINALS QB KYLER MURRAY SPEAKS WITH PETER KING FOLLOWING HIS GAME-WINNING HAIL MARY IN THIS WEEK’S “FMIA” COLUMN
“Last-second, I mean, this is the highest level. Hail Mary, last play of the game…I really have had a lot of moments in my life…but this one, none can compare.” – Murray to King on his game-winning Hail Mary
“For one Sunday, and one day in the desert, Hail Murray – for a few golden moments – allowed everyone to get lost in a great sporting moment. We needed it.” – King
“Wentz is giving the Eagles significant reason to question his huge contract.” – King on Carson Wentz
“The Rooneys opened their minds, opened their eyes and got one of the best coaches in recent NFL history. Open minds can lead to great decisions.” – King on the Steelers’ hiring of Mike Tomlin in 2007
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 16, 2020 – Peter King speaks with Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray following his game-winning Hail Mary touchdown pass to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also speaks with New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, hands out his weekly awards, and discusses the news and notes from around the league in Week 10.
Across NBC Sports this week, Peacock’s weekday block of NFL programming from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET includes PFT Live featuring Mike Florio and Chris Simms live at 7 a.m. ET, followed by The Dan Patrick Show at 9 a.m. ET, The Rich Eisen Show at Noon ET, Brother From Another, with Michael Holley and Michael Smith, at 3 p.m. ET, and PFT PM at 5 p.m. ET. On Monday, Safety Blitz, featuring Rodney Harrison and Jac Collinsworth, streams at 6 p.m. ET, and Chris Simms Unbuttoned streams at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday-Friday. ProFootballTalk.com continues to provide the latest offseason news, and the Rotoworld Football Podcast and Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast discuss Week 10.
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
King on the Cardinals’ final play against the Bills: “Eleven seconds left. No timeouts. Ball at the Buffalo 43. Bills up four…The play-call was for a 1-by-3 formation, with Hopkins the lone receiver left and Murray rolling left, trying to find Hopkins deep. The Cardinals, hoping the three receivers to the right would take some of the traffic off Hopkins.”
Kyler Murray to King on the play setup: “I mean, the play was kind of in shambles…When I got ready to take the snap, I’m trying to diagnose the defense, see if there’s any holes. Anything easy. I still figured I probably had two plays, two shots at it.”
King on the Hail Mary play call to DeAndre Hopkins: “Hail Marys count on traffic, and the benefits of crowds. Why? The more people in red jerseys in the end zone, the better chance for a fluky pop-up touchdown. One guy in the end zone? Not good. But that one guy? Good.”
Murray: “I looked downfield, I locked in on Hop. And what was weird was, he was the only player on our team in the end zone.”
Murray on his throw: “I’ve never done a Hail Mary before…I felt really good about it when it left my hand. I knew it would get to the end zone.”
Murray on Hopkins’ catch: “We were joking about it in the locker room. Like, there were all these white gloves, and everybody just saw two black gloves come out from that pile. They were above everybody else’s hands. Hop wears like 5X’s so yeah. Crazy.”
Murray: “That’s my first one [Hail Mary]…In high school we had a lot of moments. Never like this one, though. Last-second, I mean, this is the highest level. Hail Mary, last play of the game. I really have had a lot of moments in my life…but this one, none can compare.”
King on the play: “For one Sunday, and one day in the desert, Hail Murray – for a few golden moments – allowed everyone to get lost in a great sporting moment. We needed it.”
WEEK 10 NEWS & NOTES
King on the New York Giants: “By all accounts this is a better team right now with a defense playing better every week, and a quarterback finally – the franchise hopes – cutting down on the turnovers…If Sunday wasn’t an outlier and Jones can fix the giveaways, that Giants can be the best team in this bad division.”
Giants QB Daniel Jones to King: “Protecting the ball is an important part of the game, and something I need to do better. I’m continuing to focus on that and working to improve that week in and week out. There’s drills we’ve worked on and protecting the ball in the pocket.”
King on the Buccaneers: “Craziest team in the NFL: The Bucs lose to New Orleans by 35, crush Carolina by 23…within seven days.”
Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich to King: “Against the Saints, we did everything wrong. I mean everything. Looking at it, watching the tape, we’re lucky the score wasn’t worse.”
King on how Leftwich approached the team following the loss to the Saints: “He said when the team came in to the training facility Monday, instead of showing the offensive players the entire game against the Saints on tape, he picked out eight or 10 plays. He said he didn’t want to bludgeon them.”
Leftwich on Tom Brady’s reaction to last week’s loss to the Saints: “The night after the game, I didn’t sleep at all. I don’t think he slept at all…He’s that type player that’s gonna easily bounce back from these things. He won’t let things linger. He’s been through everything so much that he could pull the young guys along with his leadership, guys who’ve never been part of a game like that.”
King on the Dolphins: “Remember the raised eyebrows accompanying Tua Tagovailoa replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick? Fins are 3-0 with Tua playing, and he hasn’t thrown an interception, and his passer rating is 10 points higher than Fitzpatrick’s.”
King on the AFC East: “Miami’s 6-3, a half-game behind Buffalo (7-3), and the Dolphins play at Denver, at the Jets and Cincinnati at home in the next three weeks. Sunday’s loss could really hurt Buffalo’s division title chances.”
King on the Panthers: “The Panthers are way too good to be on a five-game losing streak.”
King on Eagles QB Carson Wentz: “His line’s not helping, but Wentz is giving the Eagles significant reason to question his huge contract.”
MIKE TOMLIN & THE HIRING PROCESS
King on the NFL’s head coach hiring practices: “It’s significant only if teams survey the full field, and not just the regular candidates. It was impossible for the Steelers to know in 2007 what a good job (Mike) Tomlin would be doing well into his second decade as coach. But the Rooneys opened their minds, opened their eyes and got one of the best coaches in recent NFL history. Open minds can lead to great decisions.”
King: “Ten lessons Mike Tomlin can teach the NFL about fixing the head-coach hiring process, which includes increasing the inclusiveness for people of color:”
King: “Survey the entire field, not just the candidates you know…When 34-year-old Tomlin walked into the Steelers offices in Pittsburgh in January 2007, he shook hands with club czars Dan Rooney and Art Rooney II for the first time. They’d never met.”
King: “Don’t care about winning the press conference…The Rooneys didn’t care in 1969 when they were openly questioned for hiring (Chuck) Noll, a little-known assistant for the Colts. They didn’t care when locals thought Grimm should have been the call in 2007, and the choice of Tomlin would unintentionally shake up the coaching staff.”
Art Rooney to King on hiring Tomlin: “We hired Mike because he was the best candidate for the job, and really, nothing else mattered.”
King: “Hire a coach who is a leader of people, and a good teacher…Tomlin wasn’t hired because he worked under (Tony) Dungy for one season, or because in his lone season as a coordinator he bossed the 14th-best scoring defense in the NFL. It was his presence, his knowledge of the game, and his ability to coach and deal with the modern player.”
KING’S WEEK 10 AWARDS
Offensive Players of the Week: DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona, Nick Chubb, Cleveland, & Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay.
King on Hopkins: “Catch of the year. Hail Mary of the Year. That catch, those hands, in that moment. Now you know why the Cardinals leaped at the chance to trade for the undervalued receiver.”
Defensive Player of the Week: Darius Williams, Los Angeles Rams.
King: “Williams was the most valuable defensive player for the Rams, in the game that propelled them into a tie for the tip of the NFC West.”
Special Teams Players of the Week: Tyler Bass, Buffalo, Keelan Cole, Jacksonville, Andrew Van Ginkel, Miami, Justin Watson, Tampa Bay, & E.J. Speed, Indianapolis.
King on Bass: “I think it’s pretty safe to say Bass had the best quarter by a kicker in NFL history in the second quarter at Arizona. He kicked 54, 55 and 58-yard field goals in the second period, sending the Bills into halftime with a 16-9 lead.”
Coaches of the Week: Josh McDaniels, New England, & Frank Reich, Indianapolis.
King on McDaniels: “New England is a surprising 4-5, and McDaniels is doing one of his best coaching jobs by figuring out odd things his players can do that foes have not seen. That’s good coaching.”
The following are additional highlights of NBC Sports’ NFL coverage:
- Football Night in America: Week 10 Recap with Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, and Mike Florio
- PFT Live with NBC Sports’ Mike Florio and Chris Simms streams live on Peacock from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET on weekdays, followed by The Dan Patrick Show at 9 a.m. ET, The Rich Eisen Show at Noon ET, Brother From Another at 3 p.m. ET, PFT PM at 5 p.m. ET. At 6 p.m. ET, Safety Blitz streams on Monday and Chris Simms Unbuttoned stream Tuesday-Friday.
- ProFootballTalk.com continues to provide the latest news and updates.
- The Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast and Rotoworld Football Podcast discuss Week 10 and look ahead to Week 11.
A new “Football Morning in America” posts every Monday morning exclusively on NBCSports.com through the NFL season. It was announced in May 2019 that King signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group that included writing a weekly Monday morning NFL column for NBCSports.com; making regular appearances on PFT Live with Mike Florio; and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.