Patrick Mahomes endorsed Mike Kafka to lead the Arizona Cardinals. But he wasn’t the only one talking up the head coaching candidate.
Yesterday, I said the NFL universe needs to listen when Patrick Mahomes speaks. They also need to listen when Andy Reid speaks.
The coach is yet another Mike Kafka backer destined to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio someday, so naturally, Payton’s opinion holds more water than many. And Reid had one thing to say about the prospective Arizona Cardinals coach that really jumped out at me.
Namely, in the quote you’re about to see below, Reid was talking about none other than Kyler Murray while endorsing Kafka to take the job:
"“I actually told (Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill) this, he’s a very intelligent, great human being and your quarterback would love him. He’d challenge him to be better than what he even is now. He’d do a great job.” – via AZ Central."
I stated previously that reaching out and developing rapport with Murray is the first thing the next Cardinals coach needs to do. Over the past 12 months, no one on the Cardinals has been a more polarizing figure than Murray, who despite putting up some showstopping performances (even in 2022), he also showed telltale signs of immaturity at nearly every turn.
Kafka could bring out the best in the Arizona Cardinals quarterback
If anyone knows that Kafka is the right man to bring out the best in Murray, it’s Andy Reid. The longtime NFL head coach and Kafka go back a long way, as the latter played under Reid in 2010 and 2011.
Kafka later became an NFL journeyman, but once his playing days ended, Reid gave the former quarterback his first NFL coaching job in 2017, the same season the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes. As we’ve stated before, Kafka was one of a few coaches credited with turning Mahomes into one of the NFL’s all-time greats, and that experience will only benefit the wayward Murray.
It remains to be seen whether Michael Bidwill adheres to Reid’s (and Mahomes’) endorsement. But if the Cardinals hire Kafka, it could spark a dramatic step in the right direction for Murray.
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