The Arizona Cardinals made one of the most stunning moves of Draft Night, acquiring Marquise "Hollywood" Brown in a blockbuster trade with the Baltimore Ravens. So what does Brown's new head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, have to say on the move?
Speaking to the media, Kingsbury said that Brown gives the Cardinals one more playmaker to join their stacked roster. Kingsbury said that Brown's familiarity with Lincoln Riley's college offense will allow him to learn his own offense quickly.
“I thought last year, when we had all those guys healthy, you know Christian, A.J., and ‘Hop’, Maxx was playing good, Rondale was coming in and spelled those guys, both backs — that’s when we were at our best,” Kingsbury said, via ProFootballTalk.
“So, the more playmakers we can have, the better dynamic guy who can kind of take the top off, inside, outside, and I think he's just scratching the surface. Like Steve (Keim) said, we really feel like he fits what we do. He played a similar scheme in college there at OU with Lincoln (Riley). So, it should be a quick learning curve as well.”
Brown and Kyler Murray were teammates at Oklahoma and won a Big 12 title together. Since then, Murray has become a Pro Bowler while Brown has become a 1,000-yard receiver.
Last year saw the Arizona Cardinals reach the playoffs for the first time under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. But they promptly - and pretty embarrassingly - eliminated by the rival Los Angeles Rams.
The Cardinals offense has transformed under Kingsbury but still hasn't reached that upper echelon yet.
Perhaps Hollywood Brown is the player who will finally lift the Cardinals into that top tier of Super Bowl contenders.