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What The Cardinals Said Following Their 28-21 Loss To The Seahawks

Transcripts, interviews and press conferences from Seattle's Week 11 game vs. Arizona.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) passes to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) passes to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury

On QB Kyler Murray's arm and if the game plan was affected by that injury:

"Yeah he banged it on that first drive. I don't know the extent of the injury, but I thought he toughed it out, continued to compete, and gave us a chance at the end."

On Murray's ability to run tonight and why it seemed to be tough for him to get going:

"You have to give Seattle credit. They had a good plan to try to make him hand the ball off and that's basically what it came down to."

On the penalties and if there was a theme to why there were issues with that tonight:

"I think it was 16 penalties, maybe. For over a hundred yards, which, you're not going to win in this league doing that. Especially against a quality team like Seattle. It's unacceptable to have that many and we have to clean that up."

On what he tries to say to his players after making mistakes like penalties:

"Just have to refocus and be better moving forward. When that occurs, most of the time they are already feeling bad about the situation and so you just try to make sure we get past it and not allow it to happen again and not allow it to affect us moving forward."

On LB Isaiah Simmons having a pretty nice game:

"I'll have to watch the film, but I definitely saw him flash and if felt like he was out there making plays."

On if there was anything he could pinpoint to explain the slow starts in some of these games:


On Murray's injury and if it was something that occurred today of earlier in the week:

"I know he landed on it in that first drive. I don't know the extent to which it affected him, but I was proud of the way he toughed it out, continued to play, and continued to try to help us win the game."

On what he saw differently from the Seattle defense from the last time they played:

"Very similar to the last time we played them. They obviously played hard. They are a well-coached team. We hurt ourselves a bunch which definitely stopped some drives and put us in second-and-longs and third-and-longs which we were able to stay out of in the first game. You have to give them credit, I think they flew around, tackled us well when we had the ball in space. As far as schematics, not a lot of change."

On WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk being rendered a little bit less effective tonight:

"I think just offensively as a whole, the penalties and continuing to move backwards just threw us off our rhythm. We didn't have a lot of snaps, didn't have a lot of opportunities, more than anything."

Quarterback Kyler Murray

On how his arm is feeling and if it affected his ability to compete today:

"No, just came up short. Didn't execute when we needed to. Had our chances. We just didn't play well enough."

On his lack of chances to rush the ball himself tonight:

"I think it was just the flow of the game. I don't think we had a lot of rushing yards tonight, anyway. That was just the way they were playing it. We had our chances, we just didn't play well enough to win the game."

On what bothered him the most about this loss tonight:

"Probably just the little self-inflicted penalties. Just really shooting ourselves in the foot. It wasn't a clean game, by any means. Easier said than done to play those, but that's just uh…we have to be better. We say every week to give ourselves the best possible chance to win the game and that doesn't help you."

On if Seattle played them differently than last time to prevent the run:

"They definitely planned for me in certain situations. We put up 21 and had a chance to win at the end. Throughout the game we started off slow and just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. They won the game but I think we can play a lot better."

On what Seattle was doing to take away WRs Hopkins and Kirk:

"I don't want to say they were taking them away. I think it just took us making an adjustment to start getting to the things that got them the ball. If you asked them, they were probably open all game. It just took a while to make those adjustments. Part of that is on me. Like I said, we have to be better, we will be better. Obviously it's a tough night."

On if his arm was bugging him throughout the game:

"No, I'm good."

Safety Budda Baker

On the pivotal penalties throughout the game:

"It was definitely annoying of course. Like you said, it was so many penalties, things that both teams needed to clean up during the game. Way too many penalties, for sure."

On if there was a lot of emotion on the field:

"We were just trying to get each other more composed. There were situations that were happening and we were just trying to compose each other with next play mentality thoughts. That's what we were trying to do."

On how the team is feeling right now:

"We're still very positive. We have six games left. We were in a situation where we were down by seven with all the penalties we had, we're still only down by seven. We could've tied the game or won the game. For us, we know that we definitely lost this game, but we got six more left and it's time to not look back. We lost today and kudos to the Seahawks. Now we have six more games left."

On the third quarter taunting penalty:

"I don't know. It was back and forth by both teams. One situation happened with one player, next player retaliated and we got the penalty. We just have to be more composed. That situation was fourth down, it was going to be fourth down and we got a penalty and put them in first down. Definitely need to be more composed in those situations."

Running Back Kenyan Drake

On if Seattle did anything to slow down the run game:

"We have to do a better job of executing against a solid front. We had a little trouble earlier in the year against Detroit running that. They also did a decent job the last time we played them but we were able to wear them down in the second half and the fourth quarter as well. After I got hurt, Chase [Edmonds] came in and ran the ball pretty well. Today we just didn't get the job done. We have to go back to the drawing board and expect to see that against other teams."

On where the penalties hurt the Cardinals the most:

"We didn't win. That's where it hurt the team the most."

On where the team stands after the win against Buffalo and the loss to Seattle:

"In this league, you have to have a short memory. Whether it's good or bad. We were obviously on quite a high coming off the Bills game but knew we had a short week against a quality opponent. We fell short of the goals that we set for ourselves, to come out here and get this win on the road and secure first place in the division. Moving forward, we just need to focus. Really, first and foremost, get healthy over this mini bye week after this short week. And then come back and focus on Monday ready to play the next opponent. Take it one game at a time. Can't really look forward to anybody, can't dwell on anything, you just have to take it a day at a time and play ball."

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