We have fireworks everyone.
Charlie Casserly, former GM of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans, went on NFL Network yesterday and dropped some news about ex-Oklahoma standout Kyler Murray.
— NFL Media (@NFLMedia) March 5, 2019
These comments aren’t just any type of comments. Yes, we’ve heard of NFL teams leaking out information to influence draft stock. It’s a common theme around the league. But an analyst who hasn’t been in the league for *let’s see….THIRTEEN years and has been wrong on numerous occasions on high profile TV, says this and thinks it’s ok? I don’t think so.
As you could imagine Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, had a good bit to say about Casserly’s comments.
He defended Murray at first.
“My initial reaction was to laugh because I knew the ‘old guard’ would inevitably try to come up with the usual pre-draft nonsense,” Burkhardt said. “But when I later watched this man say what he did, it was over-the-top and definitely felt personal, and that’s when I got pissed off.” via PFT
“First and foremost, Kyler is an exemplary person,” Burkhardt said. “He is everything you hope your own son grows up to become. We’re talking about a young man who has done everything right and worked relentlessly his entire life to achieve and push for greatness. We’re talking about the first human ever drafted in the top 10 in two major sports leagues, and who just completed the greatest single season in football history. You will not find even one former teammate or coach at any level in any sport who’s played with Kyler Murray who has anything remotely negative to say about him, his leadership, or his work ethic.”
Then went on the attack.
“So what do I think about an agenda-driven ‘analyst’ who’s never once even talked to Kyler or any of his coaches or teammates?” Burkhardt said. “I think it’s disgusting and embarrassing and Casserly should be ashamed of himself.
“Further, my business partners and I personally represent coaches and executives who sat in on eight of Kyler’s 10 formal combine interviews. I spoke directly to each of them, as well as executives from the other two teams and many others who I don’t represent but were present, and all of them were extremely positive about his entire interviews, with each citing specific examples as to why.”
“The bottom line here is that it calls into question the motives of a man to get on national television and cite anonymous sources on things such as ‘leadership’ and ‘study habits’ about somebody he’s never met,” Burkhardt said. “Look, If you don’t like Kyler’s game, it’s cool. If you don’t like his size and want to talk about that, that’s fine, too. If you’re into a Heath Shuler-type looking guy, then hype those guys and say why. But when you slander the character and work ethic of a young man who’s worked his ass off his entire life and done everything right to put himself in his current position, you’d better cite your sources and come with a better record than 18-46 as a G.M. of the Texans, and whose own leadership and accountability has been questioned by his old bosses and colleagues, as well as the greatest coach on the planet.”
Do your thing Burkhardt. The comments by Casserly were very unnecessary and unprofessional to say the least. Especially when Lincoln Riley, Murray’s ex college coach, said today that the majority the teams he spoke to that talked to Murray, none of them said NOTHING like what Casserly reported.
More from Lincoln Riley on Kyler Murray: says he spoke with Murray about his interview on our show and Riley helped in decision making process in picking football pic.twitter.com/LSFtd4qT3V
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) March 6, 2019
This is a case of a man who has absolutely no right to make these comments about Murray. The guy has nothing wrong, but continues to be crucified like he stole from a bank. It’s disgusting and it’s wrong.
Plus what does Casserly even gain from this mess? Attention? If so, I’m pretty sure that’s all he’s going to get from this fiasco. You don’t drag a NFL hopeful through the mud for some attention. Good lord Charlie Casserly, get a grip.