Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray should be taking more notes
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray desperately needed to push the reset button after his worst season as an NFL player.
Last week, I said Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray should have taken a few notes on leadership, mainly from top quarterbacks taken in 2020 and 2021 – Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence. The calm, cool, and collected Burrow guided the Cincinnati Bengals to their second straight AFC Championship Game. And by congratulating teammates, Lawrence showed immense leadership following his Jacksonville Jaguars loss in the Divisional Playoffs.
Now, Murray could be taking notes from his successor at Oklahoma and former second round pick, Jalen Hurts. And like every NFL quarterback should be doing, let’s hope Murray absorbed some of Patrick Mahomes’ grit and grind effort to lead the Kansas City Chiefs back to the Super Bowl.
And if Murray has any passion at all, watching the likes of Burrow compete in the Super Bowl last season and Hurts this season has got to weigh on him. Especially Hurts, who fought through adversity at every avenue dating back to his college days. In fact, that adversity landed him at Oklahoma when he lost the starting quarterback job at Alabama to Tua Tagovailoa.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback better be taking some more notes
If there is one way to describe Hurts’ career, you can use the adjective inspiring. This is a guy who was supposedly drafted in the second round to be part of a “quarterback factory.” In other words, it implied the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Hurts to develop and ultimately trade him. Or that was the matter until then-incumbent Carson Wentz fell flat on his face.
Inspiring is also the way you can describe Mahomes’ game. If you ever sustained a high-ankle sprain, I can tell you from experience that it hurts to even stand, let alone walk or in Mahomes’ case, drop back. And toward the end of the game, run.
But the gritty seasoned veteran did what he needed to get his team back to the Super Bowl. Sure, the 15-yard penalty helped, but it takes a special player to go out there and perform that well while nursing an injury.
This past Sunday, I saw more passion and determination in Hurts and Mahomes in that one game than Murray showed all season. So if he was watching, hopefully he picked up a thing or two by watching this duo play. If not, he can feel free to watch them battle it out in Super Bowl LVII.
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