The beating continues, but this time it’s from his teammates.
As if the struggling quarterback didn’t make enough adjustments after Arizona cleaned house and tore his ACL, Kyler Murray has teammates struggling.
Soon-to-be free agent Kelvin Beachum, who backed Murray for three seasons, told Arizona Sports’ “Burns and Gambo” that he thinks Murray needs to “grow up a little bit” to become one of the franchise’s greatest quarterbacks. on wednesday
“It’s not complicated. You have to be a leader of the man… He’s maturing… It’s not a finished process,” he said. “I didn’t say he lacks leadership. I think he needs to grow a little bit. I think if he has the ability and desire to grow, that it will be fine
“He was paid for a reason; he was paid for his talent. He has the ability to think. When you are in that position, we need you to lead more. You’re the face of the franchise… you have to lead in every capacity.”
Beachum believes the 2018 Heisman winner has the tools to mature as a top talent in the league, but noted the challenges of reaching that point in a career.
Kelvin Beachum gives his thoughts on Kyler Murray’s development on Arizona Sports on Wednesday.Twitter
The comments prompted one user to tweet at Beachum: “Don’t have his number bro? @KelvinBeachumJr.”
Wide receiver Marquise Brown was angered by the altercation and felt the need to join his teammates.
“I have never seen such solidarity from within,” he tweeted. “We got each other’s number, but stay on the podcast or tweet! It won’t be any different if it was addressed in first person. 1. Never a public scandal or anyone talking even after 4 years. KelvinBeachumJr.”
Marquise Brown addressed Kelvin Beachum’s Kyler Murray comments.Getty Images
Murray, 25, was selected as the first overall pick in 2019 and extended his five-year deal starting in 2024 to $230.5 million by those no longer in the Cardinals organization.
New faces are in town after the 2022 season and will be Murray’s first major adjustment after Arizona fired coach Kliff Kingsbury and replaced Jonathan Gannon with the hiring of general manager Monti Ossenfort after former Steve Keim left for health reasons.
In 2021, Murray was in the conversation as an MVP candidate and the league’s leading quarterback after leading the Cardinals to an 11-6 season and their first playoff appearance since 2015.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.USA TODAY Sports
He threw for 3,787 yards with 24 touchdowns and completed a league-high 69.2% of his passes.
His 2022 season has been less impressive, going 4-9 before suffering a torn ACL in Week 14.
“Kyler is an individual. He’s his own person, he beats his own drum, and that’s what made him what he is today,” concluded Beachum. “But in the end, you have to be able to lead an entire organization, you have to lead a team.”