Why didn’t Cardinals receiver A.J. Green turn for the ball on the fateful play that would end the Cardinals undefeated season?
Because Green wasn’t made available after the game, and because the pandemic protocols continue to keep reporters out of the locker room, Green has yet to explain it.
However, NFL insider Jim Trotter got in touch with sources that explained on that fateful play that ended in a Packers interception.
“According to one source familiar with the sequence, coach Kliff Kingsbury called for a pass play to the left, but quarterback Kyler Murray saw a more favorable matchup to the right, where veteran A.J. Green was one-on-one with journeyman cornerback Rasul Douglas. Murray then signaled for a back-shoulder fade to Green, but, the source said, Green did not see the change and failed to turn around while the ball was in the air, believing the pass was going to the other side of the formation.”
The Cardinals got the ball back at their 1 and had to drive to get themselves into field goal range. Rather than position themselves for a field goal, the Cardinals tried to score to win the game.
Green didn’t turn and cornerback Rasul Douglas made the catch that ended the game.
Green was definitely not on the same page as Kyler Murray, who was intercepted twice in the loss. This game could come back to haunt them later in the year if they are fighting for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
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