Andy Dalton, from the Cowboys quarterback after Dak Prescott broke his ankle, has never really had a chance. He was sacked three times and taken out twice, and in the first half as the Cardinals took a 28-3 lead, he completed 15 passes – for just 82 yards.
“We just tried to show her different looks,” Baker said. “We knew if we just showed our (regular) looks, he was going to cut the dice. ”
Instead, defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has shown he’s ready to deal with a unit without Joens at his disposal.
“VJ and his group had a good plan,” Kingsbury said.
Kingsbury also had a history in the building. The last game he coached at Texas Tech was here, a loss to Baylor. But he insisted that his greatest pleasure was watching his players.
“I was delighted to see our team perform on the Monday night stage,” Kingsbury said. “That’s what was meaningful to me. ”
It all started with Murray. “He’s not flinching,” Kirk said, though Murray then rounded out everyone but himself. He said he didn’t even have words to describe how well the defense played and lamented the missed shots to Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald – the latter would have been a touchdown.
He allowed himself a small smile when asked if he had been able to enjoy the moment, back in this building, in front of many family and friends among the 25,174 present.
“Part of me wants it,” Murray said, “but a lot of me are frustrated. It wasn’t as good as it should have been. “