Oakland Raiders' Lamarcus Joyner blasts Arizona Cardinals' offense: 'Pretty-boy football'
Oakland Raiders safety Lamarcus Joyner is not a fan of the Arizona Cardinals new offense under Kliff Kingsbury.
He shared his thoughts on it during an in-game interview Thursday night.
“It’s pretty-boy football,” Joyner told Lisa Salters on the ESPN broadcast of the game. “It don’t allow the defense to play the game physical like the game was meant to be. When you go against an offense like that, you have to introduce that physicality to them because they don’t want to do that.”
Joyner and the Raiders' defense shut down Kyler Murray and the Cardinals during the game.
Murray went just 3-for-8 on his pass attempts for a total of 12 yards.
The Cardinals quarterback was sacked twice during the game, including getting tackled in the end zone for a safety by Joyner.
Joyner also told Salters in the interview that he wanted to "run that kind of offense out of the NFL," when speaking about the Cardinals' offensive system.
Criticism for Cardinals' performance vs. Raiders
Joyner wasn't the only one critical of the Cardinals after their showing against the Raiders.
Oakland won the game 33-26, but it was much more lopsided than the final score seemed to indicate. The Cardinals were at one point down 26-0.
The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers wrote about how the Cardinals' performance couldn't have been much worse.
He wrote: "The only way the game against the Raiders could have gone worse is if someone had been injured. That was not the case, but the Cardinals' performance was so bad that it should have set off the alarm system at State Farm Stadium. The Cardinals “amassed” just 12 yards in the four possessions Murray played. They played with their backs bumped against the north end zone the entire first quarter and gained only two first downs. Both those came courtesy of Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who was penalized twice for hands to the face. Cardinals fans know that feeling, because they had to be putting palms to forehead after watching their team fall behind 26-0 in the first half."
The Arizona Republic's Bill Goodykoontz called the team's showing "must-flee TV."
He wrote: "It was terrible, a pathetic showing by the Cardinals in what is one of only a few appearances on a national broadcast this season. Sure, it’s only a preseason game, but you take exposure where you can get it. What’s worse? It was awful TV."
ESPN wrote that the Cardinals could have some real issues to work out.
Josh Weinfuss wrote: "Thursday night was one to forget for Kyler Murray. The rookie quarterback went 3-for-8 for 12 yards with a 4-yard run and looked out of sync in the four possessions he played, which went into the second quarter. He was flagged twice for false starts because of his clap snap and once for delay of game, and went down in the end zone to avoid a sack for a safety. While, yes, it's still the preseason and the Cardinals are running a vanilla offensive scheme, there were still some issues Murray and the Cardinals need to clean up."
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CBS Sports wrote that the Cardinals looked disastrous against the Raiders.
Jared Dubin and Jordan Dajani wrote: "The Cards got precisely nothing going on any of their four drives -- three of which ended in a punt and the last of which ended in a safety. Murray completed just 3 of 8 passes for 12 yards, taking his lone carry for a four-yard gain. He was running for his life more often than not, getting sacked twice and narrowly escaping several other takedowns. And if the overall performance wasn't bad enough (it was), the Cardinals continually undermined themselves with repeated penalties, committing three on their first drive, two on their second, and one more on the third."
Yahoo Sports tried to give Cardinals fans hope after the tough night.
Frank Schwab wrote: "Murray should be fine. The Cardinals presumably aren’t showing many of their tricks in the preseason. Early in the season, they could be a tough team to prepare for, in Kingsbury’s first season. But Thursday night showed there will be a learning curve. Arizona’s offensive line isn’t good. Other than Larry Fitzgerald, most of the Cardinals receivers are inexperienced. Like Murray, Kingsbury will have a transition period from college to the NFL. There will be good days for Murray this season. There will be rough days. Hopefully for him, none rougher than Thursday night."