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Casserly’s Beatdown Of Kyler

Casserly came out with the biggest bucket of ice water ever for Kyler.

March 06, 2019 - 9:55 am

From the outside, it would appear that everything has been going pretty well for Kyler Murray lately. He gets drafted with the ninth pick overall in the 2018 MLB draft by Oakland. Signs with them, receives a nearly 5 million dollar signing bonus, and gets their blessing to try to win the starting quarterback job and play a year at Oklahoma. 

He wins the starting quarterback job, wins a bunch of games, does some of the freakiest things you’ll ever see on a football field, and wins the Heisman. And then decides to play football, goes to Indianapolis, and gets the measurements he needs at the Combine to shut people up... And suddenly, it seems like a real possibility that he might not just go in the first round, but he might be the first pick overall. Again, absolutely everything is going his way. 

Until yesterday. Because that’s when the NFL Network’s Charley Casserly came out with the biggest bucket of ice water ever. It was like Casserly rolled into his home studio with Niagara Falls on his back and just started dumping it all over Murray.  

Here’s the quote from the NFL Media Twitter account: “He better hope [Kliff] Kingbury takes him No. 1 because this was not good. These were the worst comments I ever got on a top-rated quarterback and I’ve been doing this a long time. . . . Leadership — not good. Study habits — not good. The board work — below not good. Not good at all in any of those areas, raising major concerns about what this guy is going to do. Now, people will say we’re going to compare him to [Patrick] Mahomes, we’re going to run an offense like Mahomes, we’re going to run an offense like Baker Mayfield. . . . But those guys are much different. Those guys, you never questioned them about their ability on the board, you never questioned their leadership ability, their work habits. They were outstanding in those areas. This guy is not outstanding in those areas and it showed up in the interview.”

Damn! That was an absolute beatdown. Kyler Murray’s reputation hit the canvas early in that answer and Casserly was on top of him, landing one hammer fist after another. Casserly went classic ground and pound. And Murray’s rep was just eating punches. 

Leadership — not good! 

Study habits — not good!

The board work — below not good!

I mean…This dude is out cold, on the canvas and Casserly is still stomping his head. That is exactly what you don’t want to hear about a player, especially a quarterback, who might go number one overall. 

And while each of those “not good!” Shouts was rough, don’t sleep on this early haymaker: “These were the worst comments I ever got on a top-rated quarterback and I’ve been doing this a long time.” 

Where was the ref? Someone needed to jump in there and pull Casserly off Murray, because Murray couldn’t defend himself. 

The biggest question about Murray was whether or not he could take the pounding of the NFL, but he just took the pounding of the NFL draft. 

And it got worse. Because Casserly wasn’t done. He hadn’t tired himself out from the early flurry. He’s supremely well-conditioned for dropping these bombs and he kept unloading: “In the interviews . . . I got exactly the same stories. They were not impressed with his leadership skills or potential for the interview. They weren’t impressed with his study habits, and I can’t give you the quotes but they’re pretty bad. And they were not impressed with his board work and understanding football concepts that was quizzed on, and that wasn’t good. I can’t give you the quotes. It was the worst report I’ve ever heard on a top-ranked quarterback from the interview part of it. One thing that stuck out to me: this guy was never trained for the interview. Whoever trained him did a poor job; guys do get trained for interviews now.”

Are you done, Charley? I hope you are. Because even I’m exhausted after that complete and total hospital job and I had nothing to do with it.

So what do you do with all that info? Is that all real? Is Murray the worst ever or is this all negative spin? Did he have a bad session with one team? Or did he have bad sessions with every team? Or did he have no bad sessions with any team, but someone is trying to kill his reputation so that he’ll fall to them in the draft?

Answer: who the hell knows?

We don’t know anything at this point and in the build up to the draft, it is impossible to believe anything. There are so many agendas, so much smoke, so many suggestions, hints, rumors, reports, and anonymous sources, that it all has to go out the window. 

I’m not sure I totally agree with the Casserly’s comments that nobody ever questioned Mayfield’s leadership. Mayfield was routinely compared to Johnny Manziel in the build up to last year’s draft. A comparison that is an absolute joke now that Manziel has bombed out of the CFL and Mayfield is killing it in Cleveland. Mayfield is a stud. He’s America’s quarterback playing for America’s coach on America’s team. 

But stuff like this comes up every year on every player who matters. And sometimes it’s real and sometimes it’s not. It is all part of the process. But everyone gets shredded. 

Now, it would stand to reason that Murray and his family would’ve preferred a report that didn’t involve someone saying: 

Leadership — not good! 

Study habits — not good!

The board work — below not good!

But it also doesn’t mean that it’s all true. But again, it doesn’t mean that it’s not.  

Did Murray really show up at Indianapolis and absolutely bomb everything with everyone? Maybe. Although you’d think that it wouldn’t have taken until Tuesday for that to come out if it did happen.

And when Casserly references multiple teams, how many were there? And who were the people telling him? I don’t have to go all Woodward and Bernstein on that report to poke holes in it or figure out why a team or two might want that out there.

But again, that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Or that there isn’t some truth to it. Or absolutely no truth at all. It’s freaking draft season. 

Is it possible that he could’ve been so ill-prepared for the team interviews that he was a complete mess at the board? I guess. But it’s kind of strange. He wasn’t going to throw or do anything like that, so the interviews were the thing. It would be really weird for him to just show up and bomb them. 

Then again, he didn’t come off real well when he was at Radio Row and was asked about baseball or football. Those were pretty simple questions and it was still a complete mess. But did he and his team really not work on that, did they really not make any changes based on that? Hard to imagine. But maybe. 

Or did they make changes, did he prepare and then not execute? Maybe.  

And then there’s this. Even if what Casserly says IS true and there were multiple teams that thought Murray messed the bed, it still may not matter. Not if the one team that matters most DOES like him. As Daniel Jeremiah pointed out in a tweet: If the Cardinals are shopping Josh Rosen, Kyler Murray aced the only interview that matters.

And that’s the truth. All the other interviews don’t matter. If the Cardinals really are looking to trade Rosen, that’s all you need to know.  

Here’s the only thing you can count on – the draft is April 25th, which means that we have more than a month left for reports like this to come out. And the only way we’ll know how much they matter is what time Murray’s name is called in Nashville