Kyler Murray Fires Back at Patrick Peterson After Harsh Criticism

David Kaestle
Kyler Murray responds to Patrick Peterson's latest comments.
Kyler Murray responds to Patrick Peterson's latest comments. / Associated Pres

It's been a rough season for Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. Not only are they struggling on the field, sitting at 4-8, but there have been reported rifts between Murray and head coach Kliff Kingsbury. On top of that, Murray's character and leadership have been called into question from multiple angles.

His own team had to put in a clause in his contract extension to ensure he watched enough film. Even though it was later removed following some backlash, it's a pretty bad look for that to be something you have to force on your "franchise quarterback." That doesn't exactly scream leadership.

Media members and players have also questioned Murray's dedication and leadership, the latest one to be former Arizona Cardinals star cornerback Patrick Peterson. The now-Minnesota Vikings cornerback played with Murray in Arizona for two seasons, so he has some first-hand knowledge of what Murray is like behind closed doors.

While speaking on his All Things Covered podcast, Peterson said "Kyler Murray don't care about nobody but Kyler Murray." That's just about the last thing you want to be said about you as a quarterback of an NFL team. And coming from a guy like Peterson, who is highly respected throughout the league, it makes it even worse for Murray.

Murray fired back on Wednesday night, though, going at Peterson for the method in which the message was delivered.

There are probably some portions of truth coming from both of these guys. While Murray is right in the sense that Peterson could have done this behind closed doors, instead of on his podcast. The contents of what Peterson said are also probably, at least in part, accurate. There are enough instances of players, coaches, and media members uttering the same sentiments about Murray for them to hold absolutely zero truth. It's hard to believe that someone, as respected as Peterson, would go out of his way to trash a former teammate like that if there was zero truth to it.

Of course, Murray will deny the claims, because, who wouldn't? But when something keeps getting talked about as a flaw of yours, eventually you have to take a look in the mirror and take some responsibility.

If history tells us anything, this won't be the last time we hear comments like this about Murray, Cardinals fans can only hope that if it is true, he adapts the right mindset to it and uses it as motivation to improve.

The Cardinals are on bye in Week in Week 13, but go up against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 14.

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