Kyler Murray doesn’t want to hear your jokes or comments about the “independent study” clause in his new contract with the Arizona Cardinals. He also doesn’t want you to think he could get to the NFL without studying film.
On Thursday, the newly minted $ 230.5 million quarterback held an impromptu press conference to talk about everything that’s been said. the part of his new contract with him requires him to spend at least four hours a week on in-game movies in an effort to save his reputation throughout the league.
“I speak today because I feel that it is necessary with what is going on in regards to me and the things that are said about me. To think that I can all that I have achieved in my career and not being a student of the game and not having that passion and not taking it seriously is disrespectful and almost a joke, ”Murray said. “For me, I’m flattered, honestly flattered that you can think that at my size I can go out there and not prepare for the game and not take it seriously. It’s disrespectful, I feel like, to my peers. To all the greats. athletes and the great players who are in this championship. This match is too difficult. “
Murray declined to say if he was angry, the team also included the clause in his deal, but went on to list his personal accolades and accomplishments since high school – for which there are many – perhaps as a way to show that study the game. He also noted that there are “different” ways to study film.
“I’m not 6-7, 230 lbs. I can’t throw it at 85 meters. I’m already behind the 8 ball. I can’t afford to take shortcuts, no puns. Those things you can’t accomplish if you don’t prepare yourself right and don’t take the game seriously. As I said, this is ridiculous.
“For the cinematic side of things: there are many different ways to watch movies. There are many different ways to process the game. There are many different ways that quarterbacks learn the game and break the game down,” he added. “Of course I watch movies by myself. That’s a fact. Needless to say.
“… I refuse to question my work ethic and my preparation. I have spent an incomprehensible amount of time and blood, sweat, tears in what I do.”
The now infamous, weird, and perhaps first-of-its-kind nature of that part of Murray’s $ 230.5 million five-year extension has raised jokes And meme for all social media and within the NFL pantheon. It seemed that much of the fanfare revolved around Murray’s study habits more than the Cardinals gave a quarterback just entering his fourth season $ 160 million in guaranteed cash and $ 46.1 million a year.
Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson wrote after news broke that the reactions around the league have been “a certain shock. A little fun. And some suggestions which is sort of confirmation.”
“If that’s the kind of problem that needs to be addressed [in the deal]then maybe you should rethink if you want to do it [the deal] not at all, ”one executive told Robinson. “Or he finds another way to do it that doesn’t make everyone think, justified or not, that you have a problem guy who is dedicated to the level you need. He just seems intentional, as if someone wants him out there to get their pound of flesh in the deals. I don’t know any other way to see it. Put your tongue in there and you know it will be a story forever. And it will be too “.
Murray even admitted in a New York Times article at the end of the 2021 season that he doesn’t watch in-game movies for hours like other quarterbacks.
“I think I’ve been blessed with the cognitive abilities to go out there and see it before it happens,” Murray told The New York Times. “I’m not one of those guys who’ll sit there and kill themselves watching movies. I don’t sit there for 24 hours and take down this team and that team and watch every game because, in my head, I see so much.
Regardless of what Murray’s future clause means, it now exists and is widely known. This is a distraction the Cardinals will face in 2022 with Murray stuck until at least 2027.
“Like I said, it’s fun,” Murray continued on Thursday. “To those of you out there who believe that I would be standing here today without having a work ethic and without preparing – I’m honored that you think so, but it doesn’t exist. It’s not possible.”