Shortly after Kyler Murray deleted all references to the Cardinals from his social media, a report emerged calling the Arizona QB “self-centered, immature and someone who points the finger.”
Now Murray responds.
The QB took to Twitter on Monday to say “all that nonsense is not what I’m talking about, never was, never will be.”
“I play this game out of love, my teammates, everyone who helped me get to this position that believed in me and won championships,” Murray wrote. “Anyone who’s ever walked between those lines knows how far I’m going. Love me or hate me, but I’m going to keep growing and improving.”
—Kyler Murray (@K1) February 14, 2022
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On Sunday, a report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said Murray was embarrassed by Arizona’s loss to the Rams in the Wild Card Round, believing he was the scapegoat for the loss.
Mortensen’s report, citing sources, said Murray was “self-centered, immature and a pointing finger,” while also noting that some veterans want to help Murray handle adversity better.
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According to the report, the Cardinals still believe that Murray will be the team’s quarterback now and in the future and the team expects the situation to calm down.
The team released a statement in response to the ESPN report, affirming their belief in Murray as the long-term answer for the team.
“Nothing has changed regarding our opinion and high regard for Kyler Murray. As a team and Kyler individually, we have improved each year he has been in the league,” the team said in a statement, according to ProFootballTalk. “We’re excited to continue that improvement in 202 and we’re thrilled to have Kyler Murray as the quarterback leading us.”
“We’re excited to continue that improvement in 2022 and we’re thrilled to have Kyler Murray as the quarterback leading us.” (2 of 2)
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 13, 2022
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According to Spotrac, Murray is entering the final year of his contract with the Cardinals, although the team has the chance to pick up his fifth-year option. The team will have to collect him by May 2.
In Arizona’s loss to Los Angeles in the wildcard round, Murray completed just 19 of 34 passes for 137 yards without a touchdown and two interceptions. Overall for the year, he completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 3,787 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while rushing 88 times for 423 yards and five other scores.
Each season under Murray has given the Cardinals a better record as the team went from 5-10-1 in its first season to 8-8 in 2020 and 9-5 – in its 14 starts – in 2021. The Cardinals have started the 2021 season 7-0 before going 4-6 on the season stretch.