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What The Cardinals Said Following Their 37-34 OT Win Over The Seahawks

Transcripts, interviews and press conferences from Seattle's Week 7 game vs. Arizona.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, October 25, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Alika Jenner/NFL)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, October 25, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Alika Jenner/NFL)

Postgame quotes from the following:

  • Head coach Kliff Kingsbury
  • Quarterback Kyler Murray

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury

On the overtime decision preceding the missed field goal attempt:

"It was pretty bad, pretty much a complete debacle, but luckily, those guys bailed us out. I got conservative and went for the field goal, and then we did not execute our center-left play. We get our quarterback blown up, and then we're about to have a delay of game and then have to take a timeout. We kind of freeze our own kicker, so it was as bad of a coaching job as possible by me, but our guys kept fighting and kept believing and found a way to get it done."

On the decision to go for it on fourth-and-three and if there are any regrets about that call:

"Not at all. Not at all. That's the leading scoring team in the NFL with MVP of the season so far. So, you're not going to beat that team with field goals. We liked the play call, just didn't get it done. I would do it 10 out of 10 times."

On what an overtime win like this does for the team going into the bye week:

"I'm just excited that these guys can celebrate. They've worked really hard. We had that two game losing streak, and they've really, really focused at practice and in the meetings and taken it upon themselves, when they do have extra time, to put in the work, and it's paid off over these last three weeks. So, for them to heal up after a victory like that and build some confidence is just going to be exciting moving forward to see if we can build off of it."

On what he saw out of QB Kyler Murray's game and if this was a growing point in his career:

"I thought he was phenomenal, super competitive. He had that look in his eyes the whole game. He told me, basically, 'Don't ever be conservative again. I got you.' And, he went out there and won it at the end. He's fun to coach. He's competitive. He wants to be great. Any time you're going toe-to-toe with a guy like Russell Wilson, it meant a lot to him."

On how big of a statement it is for the team to have two wins on national television in less than a week:

"We have a veteran group that understands how much season is out in front of us. They enjoy playing in these games. I could tell. The energy in the locker room has been great. On the sidelines, it's been great. So, we want to try and play ourselves into more of them, but I thought they handled themselves well. Letting it build throughout the day and then cutting it loose at night."

On what it feels like to get this win over the Seattle Seahawks because Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll and QB Russell Wilson have the edge in terms of experience:

"Yeah, they have a lot on us I would say. But it's a division win, and that's how we are doing it. Coming home and to hold court here at home was big. That team was undefeated and really playing at a high level. So, it takes us to 2-0 in our division at the bye week where we can rest and heal up. It's a good point for us moving forward."

On what he saw out of the interception from S Budda Baker and if he thought Baker would score a touchdown:

"I did until that huge stallion of a human (DK Metcalf) came galloping out of nowhere, but phenomenal anticipation by him. DK Metcalf is an absolute freak athlete and what an effort play by him. High school coaches will be showing that one for years. You just don't give up on a play. But I thought Budda, once again, was everywhere tonight. He's such a student of the game that he anticipates formations and plays, and that was no different. What a great, huge play. We didn't score, but it kept them from scoring."

On what it means for the Cardinals defense to stop the Seahawks offense every time in overtime:

"That was huge. When you play a team like that who is the highest scoring team in the league and their quarterback is that phenomenal, it's about takeaways because they are going to get their yards and they made them at crucial points. Like you said, when the game was on the line, they showed up the biggest. So, that'll definitely build some confidence moving forward. A lot to clean up in all three phases, but everybody pulled together in overtime and found a way."

On what he thought about the team's resolve to come back after trailing the entire game:

"It was tremendous. It was what I've seen for the last two years. These guys fight regardless of score, regardless of win-loss record. They play their tails off. That's a credit to the leadership in that locker room."

On LB Isaiah Simmons' interception and his plans for the bye week:

"I couldn't be happier for Isaiah. He's a guy who, due to not having an offseason or really a preseason, we've tried to put in positions to be successful and work him in there. But you saw tonight, the ability he has and to make that play in that situation was huge and will do wonders for him moving forward. The bye week, we'll take the next few days to treat it like a normal week, and we'll give them the weekend off and let them heal up and rest and get away from it and come back and go to work trying to get ready for the Dolphins."

On what changed for the Cardinals defensively in the second half and if it was schematic or temperament:

"I think it was a little bit of everything, but I think VJ (Vance Joseph) listened to them at halftime and had a great plan with great adjustments that they made and our guys executed. Our guys weren't pleased, obviously, with how we were playing and thought we could slow them down and they did. To hold that offense to seven points is pretty incredible, like you said."

Quarterback Kyler Murray

On what it was like being a part of the back-and-forth game:

"These are the games that you honestly dream about, growing up watching Sunday Night Football. Last week playing on Monday (Night Football), these are the games that you want to be a part of and to be a part of these games you've got to win and you've got to keep winning. I'm super proud of the team, the way we fought, not giving up no matter the circumstances, just keep battling, and that's what we did. I think that's huge for us to take that next step."

On what the team will do differently during the bye week this year to keep the momentum going:

"I'm a year more mature. This is year two for me, so understanding what happened last year, what I did last year. For me there is no bye week. Last year we kind of treated it like there was a bye week, this year the head stays down. There is no bye week for me, so I'm going to keep at it and be ready to come back and lead these guys."

On what it means for the team to play well and get the win heading into the bye week:

"I think it's huge for us to do that on Sunday Night Football against one of the best teams in the league and somebody that's in our division is huge. But at the same time we understand what we have in that locker room, we understand the type of guys, the type of playmakers that we have to make that next step. For us to be the best you've got to beat the best, that's the nature of this game. In any sport to be the best you've got to beat the best so I think that was a big step for us."

On his sideline encounter with TE Darrell Daniels:

"You know me, when things need to be done they need to be done. As far as evolution of leadership, that could have happened last year it could have happened two years ago, it doesn't really matter. For me I just want to be great, and the guys on the sideline understand that, the guys in the locker room understand that. There was no hard feelings, at the end of the day we want to win the game, and luckily we were able to do that."

On the atmosphere in the locker room after the win:

"You can't beat a good, hard-fought win like that. That's the best type of win that could happen to go back-and-forth like that in overtime. I actually don't think I've ever been a part of something like that. Miss a field goal, interception, that was a crazy game and I'm glad we came out on top."

On S Budda Baker's interception:

"Budda, the interception, that was an incredible play by him. I'm mad at myself, the offense, for not capitalizing on his play. It's an incredible play by him, and to get nothing out of it can't happen against Russell Wilson when you've got him on the other side line. And then me giving the ball right back to him after he throws an interception, I was killing myself for it. But like I said, we came out with the win tonight."

On telling Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury to not be conservative in his play calling:

"Not just be conservative, right there at the end I felt like we could have went and scored or attempted to score but at the end of the day that's coach's call. I can't be mad at it, we did all we could do at that moment, let Zane (Gonzalez) do his job."

On if he teased Baker about not returning the interception for the touchdown:

"I wish somebody would have located DK (Metcalf) and kind of held him, but that's a great effort play by him and then obviously for Budda to read that and make that interception that's a huge deal for us. But obviously like I said we got to punch it in, we didn't capitalize on his great play."

On his emotions while leading the team down the field on the final drive:

"I don't think I smiled all game, we just had to have our head down and keep grinding. Playing against Russell anything's possible and I think everybody saw that tonight. For me personally my mindset was 'just move the ball, do what I do, move the ball, be myself, lead the guys down the field, and make smart decisions, take care of the ball,' and like I said just be myself. Whatever I see, go with it, trust it, and do it with conviction. Obvisously we've got a lot of playmakers on the offense, get the ball in their hands and let them do what they do."

On the defense holding the Seahawks to seven second-half points and no overtime points:

"Huge game by them. Obviously we started off slow but understood to beat this team we've got to make plays. We made adjustments at half time and came out in the second half on fire. We made more plays than them and we got the win."

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