Nick Saban has plenty of praise for Kyler Murray

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Kyler Murray had a strange week. It’s ending with high praise from one of the best college coaches of all time.

Nick Saban, appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, provided a glowing assessment of the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.

“I think he’s a very dynamic player, probably the most difficult player to defend that we played against all year,” Saban said. “And, you know, we played against some really good players. I think like the Clemson quarterback [Trevor Lawrence] is really, really a good player but when you are talking about a guy that is an effective passer and has the quickness and speed and versatility of Kyler Murray, I mean it is really, really hard on a defense. It takes you out of almost everything you want to do. e didn’t get a lot of pressure on the guy because we rushed three guys a lot because you have somebody spy the guy all the time, and then the spy can’t get him on the ground. So it’s like, ‘Why are we even doing this?’ But when you don’t do it he pulls it down and runs it for 25 yards. So it’s really, really difficult and this guy is a really dynamic player. A fine young man, too, really sharing some time with them in the playoff game and some of the things that we do, he’s a character-quality leader on his team as well.”

That’s not bad at all coming from a guy who has become pretty damn good at assessing players, given that a guy who has never even spoken to Murray said earlier this week that Murray somehow showed poor leadership qualities during 15-minute Combine interviews.

12 responses to “Nick Saban has plenty of praise for Kyler Murray

  1. “That’s not bad at all coming from a guy who has become pretty damn good at assessing players, given that a guy who has never even spoken to Murray said earlier this week that Murray somehow showed poor leadership qualities during 15-minute Combine interviews.”
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    Nice try. This still doesn’t refute what Casserly said about Murray performing poorly in the interview process. He might have leadership qualities, but he failed to COMMUNICATE that in the interviews. Whether he was blowing off a team or not, that does not look good.

  2. There’s been only one person who said anything bad about Murray at the combine and that person didn’t even talk to him and was probably mad he didn’t seek his help for the interviews

  3. “he’s a character-quality leader on his team as well.”
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    THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS HAVING ‘LEADERSHIP’ QUALITIES! All Saban said about Murray was that he was one of the nicest guys on his team.

    Having “leadership” means you actively motivate or inspire teammates to go beyond the expected.

  4. I have to say I’m a bigger fan of Charley Casserly today than I was last week. I’ll make a point of reading anything he has to say. I’m not saying that I agree or disagree with his opinion of Kyler Murray, but at least it was his opinion. What troubles me more than anything is the effort by some to try to make Casserly look bad, simply because he had the courage to stray from the herd. Everyone else just repeats whatever they hear the next guy say, and they’re all afraid to stray from the herd. Now we know why. I’ll take Casserly and his courage over the followers any day. I’m absolutely shocked at those who are bashing Casserly for not following in line with all the others. Wow!

  5. People have been trashing Casserly all week but if his interviews went anything like his Dan Patrick interview, I’d also be concerned…. That was one of the most awkward/cringe-worthy interviews I’ve seen and Kyler looked like a total arrogant D-bag.

  6. You think Nick should get credit for assessing those players? Meh, Doubtful. He or his staff visits kids already rated as 5 star prospects. Shows them the Alabama logo and the history of NFL draft probability. This is the same guy that chose Culpepper over Brees. He’s still the best at what he does though.

  7. All I needed to see was the DP interview – kid showed no leadership, no personality and poor communication skills. Wouldn’t surprise me if that’s how’s his team interviews went too.

  8. When Charley Casserly was GM of the Texans, the media had him deciding between ” can’t miss” prospects Vince Young and Reggie Bush with the #1 pick in the draft. He tried to trade down and when he couldn’t he took Mario Williams, who went to multiple pro bowls. Casserly got pounded by the media. Young was drafted #2 and went on to be Offensive Rookie of the Year, before becoming a bust. Reggie Bush,drafted #3 had a decent career but not what one would expect if you took him #1. Time will let us know if Casserly is right or wrong this time.

  9. Kid is a player. What will be critical for him (and any player that has ever been selected or will be selected in the draft) is that he is selected by a team that will have the resources that are necessary to develop his skill sets. Most worry about the order in which they will be selected in, when it is tangibly more important where they actually get to play.

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