Kyler Murray: I don’t know why I wouldn’t have an influence in draft decisions

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The Cardinals made quarterback Kyler Murray the centerpiece of their franchise when they took him with the first overall pick of the 2019 draft and Murray thinks that spot gives him a voice in what the team will do in this draft.

Murray was a guest on NFL Network Tuesday and he was asked if he feels like he has a voice that General Manager Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury listen to when it comes to what he’s looking for in the draft.

“I do believe I think I have an influence in it,” Murray said. “I don’t know why I wouldn’t. I think if you’ve got a guy at quarterback, you trust him and you want him to be the face of the franchise for a lot of years, I think he should have an influence. Everything is technically built around the quarterback. I think I have that relationship with Steve and Kliff. I’m excited to see what we do on Thursday.”

While some might think Murray would be stumping for an offensive addition, he said playing quarterback makes him aware “how crucial” it is to be strong defensively. That might provide a hint about where Murray would like to see the Cardinals go on Thursday night, but we’ll have to wait to see which direction they go with the 16th pick.

53 responses to “Kyler Murray: I don’t know why I wouldn’t have an influence in draft decisions

  1. This is getting out of hand. GMs need to shut this “I’m the QB so I should have a say” nonsense down. Doesn’t matter who. Not even Tom Brady should have a say. The GM builds the team.

  2. Maybe because you have absolutely no knowledge in that area? Kind of the same reason you can’t practice medicine.

  3. is it that hard to placate these guys? youre talking about maybe a few hours worth of discussion at most. its not like the qb has done any scouting. let him throw in his 2 cents, make him feel validated, then go in whatever direction you want as a gm.

  4. Yeah that’s a great model, let the QB or highest paid player on the team influence all draft picks at every round — winning formula right there !!!!

  5. I’m sure they “listen” to him and then give him a pat on the head before completely ignoring everything he said and making a decision.

    Sort of like how parents “listen” to what a three year old wants.

  6. Because you are a player Kyler. One that may or may not be with the team in the long run. Stay in your lane.

  7. Larry’s been there for like 3 centuries and I haven’t seen him complaining about not having an influence.

    Playing QB and knowing how to scout and develop players isn’t the same thing…

  8. So strange. I don’t know why he thinks he was hired to help with the draft. His resume for play QB was solid, but I never heard one report about his background in evaluating talent. Did his agent feed him bad information? I wonder if he thinks he is supposed to tape ankles before practice and cut video after?

  9. Buy a team. Then you can have all the influence you want. Smart owners let their experienced scouts make those calls. They let coaches make the coaching decisions. They let doctors make the medical decisions. They let business people make money decisions. These are billion dollar businesses. John Elway is a HOF QB. Now he’s a GM. He can’t even make good QB decisions.

  10. There is NOTHING wrong with an employee voicing his opinion on improving a team through the draft, play calling, etc. It means he’s engaged with the team’s success and not just there for the paycheque.

    As for a QB, he could be telling coaches/GMs what he thinks will make his job even better. If Murray thinks he can be more successful with a quick-twitch & shifty slot receiver than a outside straight-line speed guy, then a GM SHOULD listen to maximize his QB’s potential.

    Sorry if this OFFENDS your virtue signalling junk mentality.

  11. I wonder if one of these marginal good QBs would suggest drafting a kid who looks like he has more talent than himself … LOL 😂

  12. prophessor4 says:
    Aprilprophessor4 says:
    April 27, 2021 at 11:33 am
    is it that hard to placate these guys? youre talking about maybe a few hours worth of discussion at most. its not like the qb has done any scouting. let him throw in his 2 cents, make him feel validated, then go in whatever direction you want as a gm. 27, 2021

    ————
    Because then their feelings get hurt, and they feel disrespected (like a certain happy ending QB) then they want off the team because the GM didn’t do what they think is pure genius because they know so much.

  13. lmao they better get this guy to unfollow russ asap, fact is he’s shown flashes but who knows, D’s start figuring him out and he could be out the league 3 years from now…slow your roll young homie

  14. For those upset with Kyler’s answer, blame the reporter. “HeY kYlEr, Do YoU tHiNk YoU sHoUlD hAvE a SaY iN tHe DrAfT?” Its a clickbait question with no right answer. I guess Murray could have responded “that’s probably a question you should ask Steve or Kliff”.

  15. Doesn’t spend a minute looking at college tapes, going to “pro days” or interviewing players. Yet, because he’s the “face of the team”, that gives him the right to determine personnel moves. Next he’s going to want to have a say in how they manage their salary cap…who gets their options picked up… naturally he’ll want to be consulted on every possible trade. Because if any of that doesn’t happen…Oh, how disrespectful that will be.

  16. There is nothing wrong with the QB having his opinion on what he would like. The coach should at least acknowledge the opinion… no one ever said the opinion of the QB is the gold standard. Let the guy give his input, the GM doesn’t have to act on it. Maybe the QB has something to offer, maybe he doesn’t. It’s still the GM/Owner who holds the cards.

  17. how about paying some of the players out of your own pocket and the MAYBE you’ll have a small say!

  18. mackcarrington says:
    April 27, 2021 at 1:15 pm
    Doesn’t spend a minute looking at college tapes, going to “pro days” or interviewing players. Yet, because he’s the “face of the team”, that gives him the right to determine personnel moves. Next he’s going to want to have a say in how they manage their salary cap…who gets their options picked up… naturally he’ll want to be consulted on every possible trade. Because if any of that doesn’t happen…Oh, how disrespectful that will be.

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    How do you know that he hasn’t done his research? Had Houston just acknowledged Watsons requests to interview this coach or that coach, then they might not have near the headlines. Watson never demanded that his candidates get hired, just asked that they interviewed them.

  19. prophessor4 says:
    is it that hard to placate these guys?
    ==

    Why should these guys be “placated” at all? The vast majority are young athletes with lots of physical skills, but no experience (and usually little ability) at judging or evaluating talent.
    They watch TV and want to add any shiny new toy they THINK will help them win or look better, then pout and throw a fit when nobody listens to or takes them seriously.
    Scouts and GMs are paid to evaluate and obtain talent, coaches are paid to coach, and players are paid to play — period.

  20. Russell Wilson doesn’t even have influence and he’s the face of the entire city of Seattle, this kid isn’t even the face of the Arizona Cardinals.

  21. dregonspengler says: “Why should these guys be “placated” at all? The vast majority are young athletes with lots of physical skills, but no experience (and usually little ability) at judging or evaluating talent.”
    —————-

    Who says he’s making specific player calls? Why can’t a QB express to his coach or GM that he prefers a TE that can run a seam route because he’s more comfortable throwing that instead of stick route?

  22. the whole thing with the issue is how much say. Plus there is a reality here that the more people know what is being done the more likely it is to get out. Any functional team should have input from all levels of the organization. But it is like what Marv Levy said years ago, you listen to the fans you will be sitting with them. This is very similar. The amount of involvement is the issue, but even that becomes an issue. You know those people in your company that always think they can do things better, even though they have never advanced in 10 years. This is not that different. Oddly I wondered what he went to school for. Apparently there is no record I can find what his major was.

  23. Man…

    This is why nobody gets along… Kyler Murray said INFLUENCE…

    Please everyone who has negative things to say about Murray or any other player who wants INFLUENCE to please go and read the definition of INFLUENCE…

    And not interpret that to mean…

    THE SOLE DECISION… FINAL SAY… TOTAL AUTONOMY or any of these other things that people are making it seem to be.

  24. You want to help your team? Then don’t demand top dollar when it comes time for an extension. Leave money on the table so the GM can build around you with high quality players.

  25. So we got 9 draft picks this year ? I want 3 WR. 2 TE. 2 RB. 1 Tackle ( so I don’t get pushed down) and you can pick 1 guy on D I don’t care about that.

  26. Brady started this entitlement qb primadonna thing.

    Rodgers is now doing it, Watson, now Murray……Yikes!

  27. Exactly prophessor. Take him to lunch and discuss needs, possibilities and scenarios. Give him just enough so he feels like he is part of it.

  28. Too late. This is just days away from the draft. If you haven’t been involved in creating the Draft Board & strategy, you’re not involved. The influence is your being on the team. That’s it…..

  29. Because you can’t even do your job correctly so why would they let you screw up someone elses?

  30. How ironic. Every one on this thread complaining about an actual member of a team wanting to have input or a say in what his team should do. Meanwhile overweight, beer drinking non-athletes spend hours upon hours doing the exact same thing…..weird.

  31. Fear is a Liar says:
    April 27, 2021 at 1:54 pm
    Did Rodgers have a say in the draft last year?
    ———————————————–
    What’s funny is after that fiasco sounds like he has a say this year.

  32. Some QBs have earned the right to have a say in personell decisions. Murray has a long way to go before he even gets to Russel Wilson’s level of achievement and light years away from Brady’s.
    In the meantime he needs to spend time on the basics of ball handling, footwork and general mechanics. Spending even half the time the great QBs do in the video room would also help. A lot.

  33. touchback6 says:
    April 27, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Brady started this entitlement qb primadonna thing.

    Rodgers is now doing it, Watson, now Murray……Yikes!
    ***********
    Rodgers is doing it?
    Where? When?
    Show me the quote.
    I’ll clue you in, you can’t.

    Aaron may not always agree with personnel decisions, but he’s never been anything but professional, handling it with class.

    In fact, when Rodgers was asked if he’d like to have some say in the hiring of the new coaching staff two years ago, he said, as plain as can be, that he’s paid to play QB and others are paid to make those decisions.
    And he was right.

  34. I think from the broad sense, he’s not wrong and QB’s should share their opinions. A QB knows if his line sucks, or if he needs a tight end. He SHOULD NOT be telling the GM, draft this specific guy or get this specific guy in Free Agency. I’m totally on board with him telling the GM, “I need some better protection” or “a playmaker”, or “this defense sucks go get some help there.”

  35. jm91rs says:
    April 27, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    I think from the broad sense, he’s not wrong and QB’s should share their opinions. A QB knows if his line sucks, or if he needs a tight end. He SHOULD NOT be telling the GM, draft this specific guy or get this specific guy in Free Agency. I’m totally on board with him telling the GM, “I need some better protection” or “a playmaker”, or “this defense sucks go get some help there.”
    ——————————————————
    The GM & HC should already know these things from watching practice & video of actual games that have been played. They don’t need the QB or any other player to tell them the obvious. Due to the fact that ANY player can be traded or waived at any moment, the player shouldn’t have a say in personnel decisions. If the GM or HC ask the player for input, then that is different.

  36. QB is the man in charge of the offensive on every play. If he succeed, the team succeeds on that side of the ball. A QB should be allowed to say what he thinks and sees on the offensive side of the ball, but that’s it. The GM and the coach are in charge of the draft, period. They have the final say. All the QB’s who think the draft revolves around them are dead wrong. GM’s, and in some cases a caoch, have to look at overall team needs now and the foreseeable future, and make a choice of who to draft. You want everybody has to be on the same page when it comes to the draft. Key players and coaches have some input, but it’s the GM and in some cases the owner who have the final say.

  37. 37 year old 3x league MVP, Super Bowl champion & SB MVP with 15 years in the league doesn’t have say in the players his franchise brings in, but these 25 year olds think they should be CEO?

    If you as a QB want to do everything you can to make your franchise successful, follow the GOAT’s example and take a reduced contract so they can build better rosters. Then OUTWORK him.

  38. So this guy think he should be treated like Tom Brady? Has he played like one? This team is in trouble

  39. Folks on this thread obviously do not know about Kyler… He happens to be one of the more intellectually and intuitively gifted athletes to come into the NFL in a long, long, time. While some may project his intentions as egoist or ignorant, in Truth he has become an excellent “Chess” player for good reason! He anticipates several scenarios ahead before making his move. Last year he overtly suggested that CeeDee would be an excellent choice for the Cardinals. They did not chose him (Dallas) and yet here they are considering a move up for Waddle? Ever wonder what the results may have been if they had listened to Kyler???

  40. I’d really like to know what question he was asked to prompt this response – the context is important. Again, these guys aren’t just talking off the cuff, they’re giving interviews.

    And, it seems like QBs are being led to this kind of talk by reporters who enjoy getting a rise out of the “shut up and play football” crowd. Murray saying “he has an influence” isn’t the same thing as him saying “he has a say”.

    It’s possible he meant that his play style has an influence on who they’ll draft. I don’t see any reason to crucify the kid, though. Geez. Some people are way too sensitive.

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