NFC Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks


There are a few ingredients needed to win the NFL’s MVP award. You probably need to be a quarterback, as the vast majority of award winners since the turn of the millennium have played the position. You need to be mega-productive and ideally be setting records, like how Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is on pace to become the first-ever 4,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher, as well as breaking Cam Newton‘s record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. And it doesn’t hurt to have a signature moment like Murray’s game-winning “Hail Murray” touchdown pass to beat the Bills this past week. 

And while Murray has all of those ingredients, he’s not counting any birds before they hatch when it comes to the league’s biggest award outside of the Super Bowl. But he also doesn’t lack for confidence. 

“I haven’t done anything so as far as the MVP deal, I’m not worried about that,” Murray said via Darren Urban of the team’s official website. “As far as my personal confidence, do I believe I’m one of the best in the league? Yeah, of course. I think anybody should be confident in themselves.”



Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said he trusts that Russell Wilson will guide Seattle out of their two-game losing streak: “We completely trust Russ. Russ will get through this,” via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times

Schottenheimer was clear that Wilson must “play better” and not commit turnovers after throwing two interceptions in Weeks 9 and 10. 

“He needs to play better,” Schottenheimer said. “He knows that we can’t turn the ball over. … The turnovers, he knows he has to be better with that. We coach him no different than everybody else, you know — it’s non-negotiable. You have to take care of the football. There’s big momentum swings.”

Wilson feels he needs to avoid overcomplicating plays. 

Just got to make clearer decisions,” Wilson said. “I don’t want to overcomplicate it.”

  • Per Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says they are “getting to the verge” of getting RB Rashaad Penny and second-round DE Darrell Taylor back from injury: “Both guys are running hard, they’re working hard, they’re wearing out the trainers. They just have to kind of close in on it right now, close in on being absolutely ready to do football movements and football reactions and things like that. We’ll see here how it goes.”
  • Carroll said the two would hopefully be starting their 21-day window to return from the injury lists in the next couple of weeks. Penny had a significant knee injury last year and Taylor had surgery earlier this year to deal with stress fractures in his leg. 
  • The Seahawks are bringing in C Brad Lundblade for a workout this week. (Albert Breer)

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