NFL Network’s Charley Casserly doubled down on recent comments he made about Kyler Murray‘s Scouting Combine interviews today on the Rich Eisen Show.

Give Eisen credit, he pushed back on Casserly’s report that he received the,

‘worst comments [he’s] ever got,’

for a top QB prospect.

Eisen pressed the issue with respect to if comments made by teams that talked with Murray were mirages to dissuade other teams from potentially pursuing Murray, to which Casserly retorted that the reports were ‘absolutely’ unvarnished, non-agenda evaluations of Murray.

Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, met with the Cardinals and several NFL teams during this past weekend’s Scouting Combine.

The consensus coming out of the combine is that Murray will be the number one overall selection come April’s NFL Draft and that NFL personnel think ‘universally’ that that is the case.

It has been well-documented the love affair that current Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury has with Murray as they share the same agent, and Kingsbury heavily recruited Murray while at Texas Tech.

The former Oklahoma star did not throw at the Combine, but was the talk of the weekend and Charley Casserly’s report brought even more fuel to the most polarizing prospect in this year’s QB class.

Casserly said of Murray’s Combine interviews,

“These were the worst comments I ever got on a high-rated quarterback and I’ve been doing this for a long time…Leadership – not good. Study habits – not good. The board work – below not good. Not good at all in any of those areas, raising major concerns about what this guy is going to do.”

And,

“This guy is not outstanding in those areas and it showed up in the interview.”

Oklahoma University Head Coach Lincoln Riley went on to Dan Patrick’s Show this morning and clapped back at the Casserly reports calling the comments a,

‘Smokescreen’

and that,

“Kyler [Murray] was a tremendous leader for us, a tremendous leader, very aggressive, very important to him all he cares about is winning, and our team took on that personality without a doubt…as far as processing offense he just had the greatest single season in the history of college football, so I think he can process just fine.”

Further saying that there are,

‘about 25 others [teams] that love him [Murray].’

Casserly, then went on the Rich Eisen Show later today and doubled-down on his Combine comments and responded to those of Riley saying in part that his Combine report is from,

“Three teams or more, more than two of what their impression was in a 15 minute interview of [Murray]; that what’s I repeated…I’m giving the summary of the overview of it.”

Its no secret that teams attempt to create smokescreens, disseminate negative information, and create false narratives of players to influence competitor’s team decision making.

Casserly’s comments are problematic though as they do not reference any of the players, coaches, and personnel that actually worked and played with Murray at Oklahoma.

Comments questioning the study habits, communication, and leadership skills of a player based on a 15 minute evaluation and summation of an interview is dangerous and reckless.

Casserly’s words are not only irresponsible, but damaging to a player who’s proved on the field to be one of the best that college football had to offer last season.

People will point to Murray’s mishandling of the Dan Patrick interview as evidence that Casserly’s report has validity. But, Casserly said himself during his conversation with Eisen today that,

“…there have been guys that have failed in the interview room, and gone on to have successful careers in the NFL…”.

When reports such as these are heard, they must be taken with a grain of salt because there is always an agenda at a play when dangerous comments like these are spewed.

It’s definitely Draft Season, but one doesn’t have to believe everything they always hear.

Kyler Murray will throw and test for scouts during his Pro Day on March 13th.

Check out today’s comments by both Lincoln Riley and Charley Casserly.

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