CASSERLY’S KYLER MURRAY CRITICISM: CLEAR CONFLICT OF INTEREST
NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly caused quite a stir earlier this week when he reported that top NFL Draft quarterback prospect Kyler Murray had performed extremely poorly during interviews with three NFL teams at the league’s scouting combine the previous weekend in Indianapolis.
On Tuesday Casserly said the following of Murray to NFL Network anchor Andrew Siciliano:
“Well, he better hope (Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff) Kingsbury takes him No. 1 because this (Murray’s performance during interviews) was not good.
“This was the worst comments I ever got on a high-rated quarterback, and I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve probably been doing it longer than you’re (Siciliano) alive.
“Anyway, leadership, not good. Study habits, not good.
“The board work, below not good. Not good at all in any of those areas and raising major concerns about what this guy is going to do.
“Now people say, we’re going to compare him to [Patrick] Mahomes, we’re going to run an offense like Mahomes, we’re going to run an offense like Baker Mayfield. Well, you can’t.
“Those guys are much different. Those guys, you never question about their ability on the board, you never question about their leadership ability, their work habits, they were outstanding in those areas.
“This guy is not outstanding in those areas. It showed up in the interview.”
Given Casserly’s extensive experience as an NFL General Manager with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans along with Murray’s decorated football career at the University of Oklahoma – which was capped by a Heisman Trophy – many were surprised and somewhat mystified by Casserly’s extraordinary claims about Murray’s interview ineptitude.
Then came an interview with Casserly yesterday on ESPN Radio in New York that – thanks to a somewhat unwitting Casserly – explained everything.
Excerpt from Casserly during his interview on ESPN 98.7 in New York on Wednesday:
“Clearly this guy was not trained for the interview. Just listening to it. I train players. I train over 100 players a year for Combine interviews. This guy wasn’t trained.”
It turns out that Casserly, per what he let slip during that interview with ESPN Radio show host Michael Kay and a 2016 article authored by Liz Mullen for SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL and exhumed by the inexhaustible Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com, is now in the business of preparing NFL Draft prospects for the same type of interview at the scouting combine that he claimed Murray had essentially flunked on multiple occasions.
Thanks to what couldn’t be a clearer conflict of interest, we now have a pretty good idea why Casserly might climb out on the . limb that he did with his borderline bizarre criticisms of Kyler Murray’s interviewing skills during the NFL combine.
A limb that – thanks to Casserly’s own loose lips – has since snapped.