Should the Arizona Cardinals keep Kyler Murray in 2023?
By Sion Fawkes
With each loss, change is becoming a likelier factor in the desert. So should we see Kyler Murray in an Arizona Cardinals uniform next year?
Quarterback Kyler Murray is one of league’s most interesting cases. On one hand, you see the highlight reel mobility and the ability to extend plays, and you think, yes, this guy is a franchise quarterback.
Then you see the injuries, the inconsistency, and sketchy leadership ability, and you think, did we seriously spend a number one overall pick on this guy? As tough as I’ve been on Murray, I wouldn’t mind seeing him stay if the Cardinals had the right coach in place, someone like a Frank Reich, Jason Garrett, or Byron Leftwich.
All of the above, plus Sean Payton, I could see working with and bringing out the best in Murray. But if the Cardinals got rid of Kliff Kingsbury, and they should, and hired someone who had a similar offensive approach, I’d rather see the Redbirds trade away that big contract to a team who may be willing to take a gamble, like the Detroit Lions or the Houston Texans.
The Arizona Cardinals should be subjective in whether to keep Murray
Overall, it needs to come down to who is coaching this team. If Kliff Kingsbury stays, knowing what we now know about the tension between him and Murray, perhaps they should try to shop that contract and see if they get any takers.
It would also be a major gamble for anyone to bring in the quarterback, as Murray has shown superstar potential, but has yet to consistently live up to it. He is also injury prone, and his lack of on-field maturity has shown at times.
The Cardinals need to take a subjective approach as to who is standing on the sideline next year. Can Murray coexist with Kingsbury? If not, someone has to go. Maybe both? Or can Murray excel under someone like Payton, Reich, Leftwich, or Garrett? Will they tailor the offense to fit his talents?
If the answer to that last question is yes, then by all means, the Arizona Cardinals must keep Murray. If no, then it’s time to move on and go with someone else. And there will be a few quarterbacks to choose from. Perhaps Jimmy Garoppolo, who I’m guessing would love to show up the 49ers if they stick to their plan and roll with Trey Lance next season.
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