Kyler Murray’s new contract did not go over well with the rest of the NFL world.
Tons of shows, podcasts, and other social media mediums have been sounding off about Kyler Murray’s contract. More specifically, the main talk is that he’s contractually required to do four hours of independent film study each week.
Not even the $160 million guaranteed that Murray got included in his contract. The “four hours rule,” as I’ll refer to it from now on, has gotten Rich Eisen to deliver a simple statement to Kyler Murray himself:
“It’s time to grow up,” Eisen remarked at the end of a 15-minute Youtube clip on the Rich Eisen Show. Eisen also brought up a quote from a New York Times Article this past season that shows how everyone missed this warning sign from Murray:
"“I think I was blessed with the cognitive skills to just go out there and just see it before it happens,” Murray said. “I’m not one of those guys that’s going to sit there and kill myself watching film. I don’t sit there for 24 hours and break down this team and that team and watch every game because, in my head, I see so much.”–Inside the Mind of Kyler Murray, New York Times, December 23rd, 2021"
Rich Eisen tells Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals, to grow up
When it comes to Murray and his four hours rule, it’s still baffling a few days after the news came out. This is arguably the first time it’s ever been written in an NFL player’s contract. The fact Murray plays quarterback makes it even more shocking.
This explains why the past two seasons ended the way that they did. Eisen also addressed if the Cardinals did the wrong thing by signing Murray. It’s not that signing Murray was wrong; it was terrible to put this into writing.
Because now there will be one question asked whenever the Cardinals lose, directed explicitly at Mr.Murray: “Did you watch film this week?”. It’s an ever-flowing bulletin-board material that teams can use to talk smack.
But the Cardinals had no other choice, and like it or not, Murray will be here for a while.