See if you can guess what I’m thinking.
… Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who coaches the quarterbacks, is looking for more consistency.
“We were kind of streaky last year,” Bobo said. “We’d be hot for a quarter and cold for a quarter. A lot of that would be the start of the game and the end of the game. We want to focus on fundamentals and be more consistent.”
If you picked “Murray’s not the only one who needs to work on being more consistent”, DING!, you’re a winner.
Murray’s self-analysis is interesting.
“It usually starts off slow, in the second and third quarter I get really hot, and at the end of the game, I start cooling off a little bit,” Murray said. “I’ve just got to stay focused throughout the game and not mentally lose it at times.”
Last season’s stats don’t completely bear that out. Murray put up a better passer rating in the first quarter than in the second (mainly because five of his interceptions came in the second quarter), but it’s not like he was wildly inconsistent over the course of the year, as the stats by half bear out. His first half passer rating in 2010 was 154.58; the second half rating was 154.34.
If there’s a place for him to work on his decision making, it’s where you’d expect it to be, on third and four or more yards to go. It wouldn’t hurt to be put in less third and long situations, either.