Let’s talk about Charley Casserly

Casserly is an experienced man in the NFL, a former GM and regularly used as an NFL insider. In the build up to the 2019 NFL draft he made some comments regarding Kyler Murray that stirred the internet and brought him a lot of backlash. But is it deserved?

Charley regular talks to the NFL regarding players interviews during the combine. Regarding Murray, highly tipped to be the first pick, this is what he had to say.

“He better hope [Kliff] Kingsbury takes him No. 1 because this was not good. These were the worst comments I ever got on a high-rated quarterback and I’ve been doing this a long time.”

“These were worst comments I ever got on a high-rated quarterback and I’ve been doing this 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.”

“One thing that stuck out to me: This guy was never trained for the interview. Whoever trained him did a poor job; guys do get trained for interviews now.”

Charlie Casserly on Kyler Murray

First people jumped to Kyler’s defense, citing Casserly’s draftees as a GM and questioning his judgement. Then however people discovered that he actually works with EXOS, an agency that specifically trains players for the interview process. Kyler Murray? Not one of his clients.

ProFootballTalk brought attention to this conflict of interest, questioning how he can be impartial when commenting on players who are his clients and others who are not. Of course when this came to light even more fuel was tossed onto the fire against him. Personally, I don’t necessarily agree.

Casserly has praised Murray’s abilities many times. Recently comparing him to Russel Wilson in arm-strength and saying he has better pocket awareness than Mahomes. The recent comments people will view as him trying to save face, but even before the combine he was praising his on field ability and defending him against critics who claim he is too short.

Now it’s clear Murray has brilliant ability and he acknowledges these, but were his comments on the combine interviews not accurate, or bias? He stands by them, and knowing how awkward Kyler Murray is during interviews doesn’t make it so hard to believe that he struggled. Are we forgetting the Dan Patrick interview? Even he questioned who and how they prepared him for it. Just watch if you haven’t.

Just because a player has talent doesn’t mean they are prepared yet for the media side of the game, or how to handle an interview process. I understand fans will defend him tooth and nail but I think the relentless defence of him in this scenario is more bias than the accusations against Casserly.

As for the conflict of interest, I get the complaints. However I would imagine that a person who has been in the business this long would manage to separate their personal interests when delivering their views. He’s been offering insight to player interviews while also training them for a long time, it’s only become an issue this year.

For me, the fact he has conducted these interviews in the past, has connections within the league and trains players for them, gives him a greater insight to discuss them during the combine. If people aren’t happy with this and claim it’s a conflict of interest, that’s fair enough.

Maybe for the sake of an impartial opinion we should look for someone outside the inner circle. Maybe an Irishman with no ties or experience in the NFL. Maybe the very person writing this article. So rally behind me folks! Get in touch with the NFL Network and we can make change happen. For too long we have watched on from the sidelines, it’s time for action.