Steve Beuerlein Explains Why He Isn't Sold On Kyler Murray

Former NFL QB Isn't 100% On Cards Rookie QB

Zach Gelb
September 12, 2019 - 11:24 am
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Former NFL quarterback Steve Beuerlein knows a thing or two about playing the position. The current NFL on CBS analyst joined The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio Thursday morning to talk about a rookie QB in Arizona in Kyle Murray.

"The first three quarters went kind of like I expected it to go and how I expect it to go for many of these games this year. I'm still not sold on him 100% as being worthy of that first pick and being a great franchise QB over time," Beuerlein told Gelb.

What's the main reasons why the former QB isn't sold on the first pick? 

"It's the height. It really is. It's a question. Until you see a body of work that can eliminate that as an issue, it's going to be a question mark in my head and I think in a lot of people's heads. There's no doubt of his athletic ability and there's no doubt he can throw the football. He wasn't under a lot of pressure on Sunday and I think his offensive line is drastically improved from what Josh Rosen had to deal with last year. He had a nice clean pocket at least down the stretch of that game when they were making that comeback. He had a lot of time to look through and find his receivers," Beuerlein said. 

While he led his team to a comeback in a tie with the Lions, he's not going to have it easy come Week 2. 

"It's not going to be that easy going against the Baltimore Ravens," Beuerlein said. "There's going to be pressure on him. He's going to be moving. We know he can make plays outside the pocket. The question is can he stand in there with bodies flying around and not only see the receivers and see the holes you need to throw it in to, but can he deliver the ball and find a lane to get the ball in there over outstretched arms and over linebackers and under safeties. That's going to be the question from my standpoint that is going to need to be proven over time. This Sunday will be a great challenge for him. I expect him to struggle this week against the Baltimore Ravens." 

Murray is going to be running a lot more against a Ravens defense that is one of the best in the NFL.