A former NFL team general manager recently slammed the leadership abilities of quarterback Kyler Murray while questioning whether the quarterback deserved a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals because of it.
The Arizona Cardinals quarterback wants a new long-term contract and the signs started when he temporarily scrubbed his social media accounts of any mentions of the team back in February. Murray and his agent, Erik Burkhardt, sent out a public statement pushing for a new deal while he opted against attending voluntary OTAs.
On his podcast, “The GM Shuffle”, Michael Lombardi, a former NFL executive, sounded off on how he thinks Murray lacks quality skills.
“I was reminded, when Budda Baker got injured, like everybody ran on the field to see Budda, because I guess it was a really bad injury. But if you go back and look, the only guy who didn’t was Kyler Murray,” Lombardi said.
“How does that show leadership? How are you in such a rush to give this guy all this money, when you know he’s never been, I mean, go back to Oklahoma and you can ask anybody. I am not against Kyler Murray, I think the guy is sensational when he’s on the move. I’m talking about him as a leader and when you give this guy all the money you’ve got to get more than just good play on the field. You’ve got to get leadership. You’ve got to get the things that matter most and I don’t know if he is going to endear himself to his teammates.”
Lombardi then argued that the Cardinals should not give Murray a contract that would make him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
“You talk to some of his teammates at Oklahoma. You talk to some that were in the elite eight with him. You talk to anybody who has been on the Cardinals, the backup quarterbacks at Arizona and they are like, he doesn’t even acknowledge them. He doesn’t even acknowledge their presence. To me, he plays like a baseball player. Baseball players, they worry about their average . . . But when you are the quarterback of a team, you’ve got to be able to build unity and camaraderie with your teammates. I don’t see it.”
Earlier this year, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Murray “is described as self-centered, immature and a finger-pointer.”
This past season, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray had a nice season, posting 3787 yards and 24 touchdowns in 14 games.
The Cardinals were the last undefeated team to lose a game last season, but barely made the playoffs as they got ousted by the Rams.