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Kyler Murray

Steve Keim’s Career Lessons Serving Him Well in Dialogue with Kyler Murray

  • Carmen Vitali
  • March 1, 2022
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Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim calls quarterback Kyler Murray ‘open and honest’ in their discussions after Murray expressed his desire for a contract extension via a social media statement. Keim wouldn’t necessarily share specifics of what’s been discussed between him, Murray, and inevitably Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, but then what high-ranking team official does? Even when the player in question decided on maybe… oversharing.  Murray released a statement on social media, which you may have seen but maybe not read given its minuscule font inexplicably in all caps, addressing his desire to remain with the franchise and subsequently, his desire for a long-term contract extension. “Actions speak much louder than words in this volatile business,” as it says. Well, Keim wouldn’t show his cards in Indianapolis on if those actions are on the table and instead simply chalked the social media stunt up to ‘an agent doing his job well.’ “As long as I've been doing this, it's one of those things that you have to understand people have different ways of approaching things,” Keim said. “And I respect that you can't get caught up in taking things personal, that is a business. And you have to be able to separate the business and the personal side of it, which I think is important.” Keim maintains that the lines of communication have remained open between him and Murray. That’s something he’s learned throughout his decades in the football world, even if it was through trial and error. “One thing I've done in the past that was interesting was whether it was frustration with a player or something I didn't care for, or quite frankly, something that I really liked about a player, I didn't communicate that to them,” Keim said. “We all know that when dialogue stops and you stop communicating, anything can be thought, and sometimes there were players that I thought did a great job and I should have given them more pats on the back. Sometimes, there were concerns I had with players and I should have pulled them into my office at the time and said, listen, I got a real problem with this. We got to fix it up.  “To me, that's all these guys want. They want the truth. And I've learned from mistakes that I made and hopefully continually moving forward. And I'll continue to give those guys that feedback that they need.” Whether that feedback with Murray includes the Cardinals’ hesitation to cement him as their franchise quarterback is anyone’s guess. The statement from Burkhardt from Murray was nothing if not direct, so there’s no way to sidestep the question. That directness seems to be a theme even with Murray himself, according to Keim.  “The thing I respect about him is he's very open and honest,” said Keim. “He's not a guy that hides things. He's straightforward. And that’s served us well.” We may not have a straight answer out of Keim, but here’s to hoping Murray does.

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Carmen Vitali