Sean Payton didn’t take the head coaching job for the Arizona Cardinals. But contrary to what we heard yesterday, he says Kyler Murray wasn’t a reason.
It’s no secret that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has evolved into one of the NFL’s more polarizing figures. Now, it’s come down to a who’s telling the truth moment given Terry Bradshaw’s comments regarding why Sean Payton didn’t want to coach the Cards and the coach’s response.
What did Payton have to say about the issue? See for yourself what he said on the Up & Adams Show:
"“I don’t hate Kyler Murray. I like Kyler Murray. My son is his biggest fan. After the interview [with the Cardinals], my son sent me a combination of all his high school throws, college throws. I think, the other day Terry Bradshaw was interviewed, and I love Terry, that group I worked with has been amazing. But when Terry gets interviewed, you hold your breath because you don’t know what’s going to come out.“From Terry’s perspective, I know that he would have felt better if I was coming back to Fox. So, there wasn’t going to be anyone good enough—in his eyes—for me. He was going to look at it like, ‘He’s not going there, he’s not going there, he’s not gonna go there.’ And I saw him last night, and I said, ‘Terry, I appreciate the kind words … but, no, I think [Murray] is extremely talented.” – via SI.com., courtesy of Up & Adams."
Who should Arizona Cardinals fans believe here?
Honestly, what’s not to say they’re both telling the truth, and it’s not mandatory to pick one side or the other? It’s possible Payton didn’t want to work with the 25-year-old, yet he can still be a fan of the quarterback, the latter of which he stated in the above quote. Payton also reiterated he believes Murray has talent.
But it also doesn’t mean he wants to work with the former number one overall pick. Payton would have his own reasons for that. Perhaps he didn’t feel he was a good fit for Murray, or that Murray’s playing style wasn’t a good fit for his system?
I’m a fan of Kyler’s myself, but it also doesn’t mean I’m not going to say he’s been immature and through four seasons, an underachiever with spotty leadership skills. He’s been both and his career is getting to the point where he’s either going to figure out how to play quarterback in the NFL or he isn’t. Would I be keen to coach him? Not at this time.
Bradshaw also could have been telling us what he believed Payton felt, but maybe myself and everyone took his words out of context, and that’s always a possibility. It’s also possible Payton confided in Bradshaw on why he passed on the Cardinals and Bradshaw misinterpreted him.
In short, you’re going to make your own conclusion and I’m making mine, which is that there is truth on both sides of the equation here. We only know what’s been said, and at this point, there is little else to go on. Maybe we’ll eventually know more to draw a sounder conclusion. Or maybe we won’t.
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