John Elway Is Unsure Kyler Murray Can Play Under Center
If John Elway has taught us anything within the past few years, it’s that he does not have an eye for talent at the quarterback position.
While the Denver Broncos general manager thinks Kyler Murray is a great talent, he wonders if the former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback can be successful due to his height.
Elway’s specific concern was about Murray’s ability to play under center
“I will say this, having played the position: when you’re shorter and you’re in shotgun, it doesn’t have nearly the effect because you see much better out of shotgun,” the Broncos executive told reporters at the Scouting Combine. “So, if you’re in shotgun and starting in shotgun and that’s the only place you’ve ever been, you can see the field much better from shotgun. So, really, the height from shotgun doesn’t matter nearly as much if it does if you’re coming out from underneath center all the time because by the time you get back there the pocket a lot of times is caving on you. That’s where height does matter a little bit more.
“I think (height) has an impact on it because, like I said, coming out from underneath the center, it’s tougher to see coming out. And shotgun puts you back there, you can see a lot more, those guys are popping up and they’re a lot farther away from you, so they don’t block your view nearly as much as being in shotgun.”
This should be everything Murray needs to hear to know that he’ll be successful in the NFL.
Since signing Peyton Manning in 2012, Elway has drafted Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, and Paxton Lynch. None of them have worked out. He then went out and gave Case Keenum a contract and basically shut the door on him after one season.
On top of that, he went out and traded for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco who is well past his prime at this stage of his career.
I think Murray will be just fine.