Coming out of Oklahoma, the question was is Kyler Murray tall enough, will someone of his size be able to play in the NFL. After the combines and the draft evaluation process, it was said, that yes a guy of this size and ability and athleticism can win and be productive in the NFL.
Murray ended up ousting Josh Rosen as QB in Arizona, and was taken with the number one pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. He was paired with former College Quarterback and Head Coach Cliff Kingsberry.
A Coach that while he did not have a great record as a College Coach, he worked with Patrick Mahomes in college at Texas Tech. In the NFL association with the right players and Coaches is big and since Mahomes was the hot QB at the time teams like guys who are associated with other hot talents.
So Kingsberry got the job.
In year three of Murray’s career it looked like it was going to be the big breakout year for the Cardinals and for Kyler Murray and Kingsberry. There was a time this season where the Cardinals were talked about as the best team in the NFL, and Kyler Murray was an MVP candidate.
The Cards won their first seven games of the year, but lost five of their last seven, and they limped into the playoffs.
Things really went left after the Rams in a Monday night home game put a whooping on the Cards who appeared to be out gunned, out manned, and out coached badly losing 34-11. Murray was apparently more affected than normal by this loss as his backup Colt McCoy says that Murray did not want to take the field for the last minute of play, the exact words were “I’m done” that were uttered by Murray.
This did not sit well with Cardinals brass. A source from the team described Murray as “self-centered, immature, and a finger pointer.”
NFL Reporter Mike Garafolo said that the team is looking for Murray to act like a franchise quarterback also adding. “They’re looking for Murray to take a step forward in a number of areas. We’re talking maturity, body language, on the sideline, having a bigger voice with his teammates and leadership.”
Murray famously scrubbed his social media of any pictures that had anything to do the Cardinals which was a troubling sign. This will be year four, and Murray is eligible to get an extension of his contract. But with his performance in the playoffs and some of his behavior, a big contract is not a lock.
I’m not sure what Kyler needs, maybe therapy to deal to with the mental pressures of being an NFL quarterback. A mentor to help him understand that his body language and how he presents himself on the field and even while on the bench are being watched and they are important to his image.
Maybe he needs a change of scenery, and he’s not getting the support and development he needs in Arizona. You’d hate to see his talent go to waste due to immaturity or untreated trauma or bad coaching or development.
The one positive is there’s time to figure this all out, Kyler Murray is only 24-years-old. When he’s in the right head space he’s one of the most electric players to watch in the NFL. I hope in the 2022 we can get him back to that, even if it has to come in another uniform.