Arizona Cardinals full-back Kyler Murray has certainly had his fair share of critics throughout the season.
Murray wants a new long-term contract and the signs started when he temporarily scanned his social media accounts for any mentions of the team in February. His wishes became more public when Murray and his agent, Erik Burkhardt, send a public statement promote a new agreement. The 24-year-old midfielder also refused to attend voluntary OTAs.
In a controversial season, Murray reported to mandatory minicamps last week. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury also told the media after the first day of the minicamp that he hopes Arizona will make the two-time Pro Bowler the “highest-paid player” in Cardinals history.
Despite recent improvements between Murray and the Cardinals, a former NFL team general manager broke down the young quarterback’s leadership qualities.
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On his podcast, “GM Shuffle”Michael Lombardi, a former NFL executive, has voiced his opinion that Murray lacks quality skills.
“I was reminded, when Budda Baker was injured, like everyone runs across the field to see Budda, because I guess it was a really bad injury. But if you turn around and look, the only one isn’t Kyler Murray,” Lombardi said. “How does that demonstrate leadership? How are you in such a hurry to give this guy all this money, when you know he never came, I mean, go back to Oklahoma and you can ask anyone. I’m not against Kyler Murray, I think he’s sensational on the go. I’m talking about him as a leader and when you give this guy all the money you have to get more than just playing well on the field. You must have leadership. You have to achieve the most important things and I don’t know if he likes his teammates or not. “
Lombardi argued that the Cardinals should not have given Murray a contract that would have made him one of the highest-paid full-backs in the NFL.
“You talk to some of his teammates at Oklahoma. You talk to some of the elite eight with him. You talk to anybody who’s been on the Cardinals, the reserve quarterback at Arizona and they’re like, he doesn’t even acknowledge them. He didn’t even acknowledge their presence. To me, he plays like a baseball player. Baseball players, they worry about their averages. . . But when you are the quarterback of a team, you must be able to build solidarity and camaraderie with your teammates. I do not see it. “
On Super Bowl Sunday, according to anonymous sources, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Murray “Described as self-centered, immature, and pointless.”
Murray’s support teammate
Despite the noise outside, Murray received support from his teammates throughout this process, including veteran offensive lineman Justin Pugh and wide spotter Rondale Moore.
Appeared on The Dave Pasch Podcast hosted by a Cardinals live broadcaster Dave PaschPugh believes Murray did everything he was asked to do.
“When I was in New York, Eli Manning was not a vocal leader,” says Pugh. “He was the first in and he was the last out. He did everything right. Kyler comes in, he does everything he does; everything we asked him to do. Everyone is bent out of shape. He’s missing volunteer assignments. Voluntary exercise. We weren’t here like last year with COVID. Last year we didn’t have any volunteer training sessions. We do not have voluntary assignments. “
Moore appeared on The Jim Rome Show and was asked about Murray’s contract situation.
“I just try to control what I control,” says Moore. “Let’s keep our relationship strong and only be there for him if he needs help or whatever the case may be. To the extent of those things, I only control what I control. “
Kingsbury reiterated in the mandatory minicamp that Murray is “the leader of this franchise”.
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