“Andy Isabella runs better than he catches”: Skip Bayless Slams Andy Isabella for Missing Catch from Kyler Murray’s throw

Ashish Priyadarshi
|Published 20/11/2020

Andy Isabella had a potential game-tying catch on the Cardinals’ last drive. However, Isabella missed it and Skip Bayless did not hold back.

The catch looked difficult regardless of where it was placed, so is Skip Bayless off his rocker for this hot take? Let’s take a closer look.

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Andy Isabella: Bad Attempt or Difficult Catch?

With the Cardinals trying desperately to tie the game, Kyler Murray launched a pass to about the one yard line to Andy Isabella. Isabella missed the catch on 3rd & 10 which set up the Cardinals in a do-or-die situation on 4th down. They failed, of course, and ultimately lost the game.

However, despite what Skip Bayless may have to say, this catch was no easy one. Just look at this picture for evidence:

That ball is thrown into double-coverage, with a really tight window to make the catch. Perhaps, a bigger and taller receiver could make that catch over those two defenders, but Isabella stands at 5’9″. Murray should have probably explored other options, before heaving it down to Isabella.

However, the point remains that the catch was difficult regardless, making Skip Bayless’ comments seem way off base. Twitter had some reactions to his take too:

Unfortunately though, Isabella was largely unproductive throughout the game. He had only one catch for six yards, and that’s simply unacceptable if the Cardinals are going to win.

Are the Arizona Cardinals Still in the Playoff Race?

The Cardinals now sit at third place in the NFC West with a 6-4, making their road to the playoffs much harder. However, don’t count them out just yet.

They still have an MVP caliber quarterback in Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins as a superstar receiver. They can most certainly go on a winning streak from here on out and claim a spot in playoffs. Just look at some of Murray’s plays here:

Their next few games will be key to deciding which way the Cardinals go. They play winnable games against the Patriots, Giants, Eagles, and even the banged up 49ers, but they still have two matchups with another NFC West Rival in the Los Angeles Rams.

Ultimately, it’ll be those two games that dictate the Cardinals postseason chances. If they win, things could be lookin good for the Cardinals.

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Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi is The SportsRush's content manager and editor. Ashish freelanced for 1 year in the NFL division before taking on an editorial role in the company. He then tacked on managing content while adding on a writing role in the NBA division. Ashish has been closely following the NFL and NBA since the 2012 season when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl and Derrick Rose was at the height of his powers. Since then, Ashish has focused on honing his knowledge for both leagues in, even writing crossover pieces. In his free time, Ashish is an avid basketball player, he loves to watch movies and TV shows, immersing himself in the cinematic world. Ashish studies computer science and data science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and would love to mesh his love for sports with his technical skills.

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