It has been no secret that the Arizona Cardinals have had an extremely challenging time attempting to hire a new head coach to take over next season.
Although they have conducted numerous interviews and have been tied closely to multiple candidates, all deals have failed to fall through thus far.
This week alone, the Cardinals have sat down with three different coaches, with no luck. They join the Indianapolis Colts as the only two teams to still be without a head coach.
And now it is being reported that these problems stem from the lack of interest in coaching their quarterback, Kyler Murray.
According to Tony Pauline at the Pro Football Network:
“Rather, many of the desired candidates don’t want to take the job knowing they’ll be tied to the hip of Murray for the next four seasons. Murray signed a five-year, $230 million contract in late August, and anyone who takes the Cardinals job will have no options in the foreseeable future at quarterback.”
While this is not much of a surprise, it is still concerning to hear.
Last season, before leaving with an ACL tear in Week 14, Murray was near the bottom of the league with a 51.7 QBR and was averaging just a little over 200 yards per game.
But this is not to say Murray has been terrible in his short NFL career. After all, he is still the same quarterback that won Rookie of the Year in 2019 and followed it up with back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances.
Sadly, all it takes is one lengthy contract, controversy regarding work ethic, and a regression season to wipe out almost all memory of a player’s accomplishments.
Not to mention, Murray’s ACL tear offers further concern about his injury risk. The 25-year-old missed three games in 2021, followed by six this most recent season, two of which were before the tear.
And with it being unlikely for him Kyler to return until the midway point of 2023, it may be a risk that coaches are not willing to take.
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