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Kyler Murray's leadership, work ethic in question after NFL Combine interviews, according to Charley Casserly

Kyler Murray's leadership, work ethic in question after NFL Combine interviews, according to Charley Casserly

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray had to prove to scouts that he was tall enough to be a quarterback in the NFL. 

He accomplished that.

Almost a week removed from the NFL Combine, Murray will now have to prove that he has the moxie to be the leader of an NFL team after sources of NBC Sports Washington's Charley Casserly came away from Murray's team interviews thoroughly unimpressed.

"Well, the interviews, [I] talked to multiple teams, and it wasn't very good," Casserly said Wednesday on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies. "I'm not going to give you details 'cause that's confidential, but the board work, where you test the guy on his football knowledge, his knowledge of his scheme and potential of things he's seen in the NFL was not very good, at all. Seems like he's an instinctive, reactive player. You can call it street football, right, but obviously he's very good at it. The tape is very good. A lot of good things on the tape."

En route to winning the Heisman Trophy in 2018, Murray was 260-for-377 for 4,361 passing yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interception while rushing for 1,001 yards on 41 attempts and 12 touchdowns.

Those are pretty insane numbers. 

His athleticism shouldn't be in question either considering he had to make the extremely rare decision of choosing football over baseball after the Oakland A's drafted him in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. 

But what is in question, according to Casserly's sources, is Murray's off the field characteristics.

"You question his leadership ability. You question his work ethic," Casserly added. "Those are the things that came out of the interviews. And it was multiple people. I mean, it wasn't just one team. So to me, he failed the interview."

Murray isn't the first player who attended the combine and has had to prove scouts and owners wrong. Just last year, first-overall pick Baker Mayfield had to dodge Johnny Manziel comparisons leading up to the draft, and considering the success of his rookie season, those critics are probably kicking themselves right now. 

With experience as general manager of the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins, Casserly knows this all too well. 

"Now, I can tell you other quarterbacks who've gone to the playoffs and won that failed their interview at the combine," Casserly said. "The whole key is the team's ability to adapt to what this player does and then the player's ability to focus in and work hard."

Still, Casserly feels Murray is going to have to take major strides in the leadership department. 

"Football wise, and I did too, you're going to have to figure out what [Patrick] Mahomes did. A little bit Russell Wilson and not so much Mayfield... But I said he's none of those guys when it comes to what appears to be leadership, work ethic and the ability to understand and grasp a system. Now, again, I've seen guys who've failed interviews that have won playoff games. So, it's possible." 

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    Report: Dan Snyder petitions state of Maryland for gambling license for new stadium

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    Report: Dan Snyder petitions state of Maryland for gambling license for new stadium

    As a return to the old RFK Stadium site for the Redskins seems less likely, Washington owner Dan Snyder appears to be moving forward with a new plan: Staying in Maryland but adding a gambling license. 

    Snyder met with a number of Maryland lawmakers to discuss sports betting and acquiring a license for a new Redskins stadium, according to The Washington Post. The report contends Snyder wants to use "sports betting as part of an overall plan to build a domed stadium that could include hotels, offices and training facilities."

    The story also suggests Snyder could build the stadium with his own money. 

    The Redskins currently play their games in Maryland at FedEx Field and their lease runs through 2027. The stadium is dated and Snyder has openly talked about wanting a new facility for his team to play.

    For years, publicly, Snyder has opined that his team belongs back in D.C. at the RFK site. At various times in the last two years that seemed plausible, but political red tape from the federal government continues to hold things up. The stadium sits on federal land, and while the city has tried to regain control of that site, it hasn't happened. Until the city takes control, which is far from happening, it seems unlikely the Redskins get back to the site. 

    So if it's time to move forward with Maryland, it requires a bit of a fresh start. The Redskins and the state were holding talks about a land swap to build a new stadium near the MGM National Harbor along the Potomac River, but those talks stalled when it became obvious the team preferred a return to D.C.

    Legalized sports betting in Maryland seems likely to hit the ballot this fall, and considering the state already has fully operational casinos, there's little reason to think the vote wouldn't pass.

    That's the first step for the Redskins to get a sports betting license for their new stadium. The idea isn't novel; Ted Leonsis has been quite open about adding a sports book to Capital One Arena and already has an agreement with William Hill bookmakers to run the gambling operation. Similar deals are expected at Audi Field and Nationals Park. 

    It remains a bit of a surprise that Virginia politicians seem willing to sit out the courtship of a new Redskins stadium. Former Governor Terry McAullife actively flirted with the idea of building a new Redskins stadium in the Commonwealth, but current Governor Ralph Northam almost seems disinterested in the idea. 

    The Redskins practice facility is in Loudon County and the team holds training camp each summer in Richmond. The training camp deal is soon to expire and some believe if and when a new stadium facility gets built, that could also house training camp and practices. Currently, no professional sports teams play in Virginia, and the Commonwealth does not appear as near legalized sports gambling as Maryland or the District. 

    Like anything with a gigantic project in a region with three different local governing bodies and the omnipresent specter of the federal government looming, a new Redskins stadium will require significant legislative hurdles and deal-making. Stay tuned. 

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    Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

    Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

    Just four months shy of his last appearance on the NFL gridiron sidelines, Jay Gruden may already have his 2020 gig lined up, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

    Gruden was head coach of the Washington Redskins for six seasons, beginning in 2014 and going 35-49-1 in his burgundy and gold tenure. Gruden pushed the Redskins to their first postseason appearance since 2012 in his second year with the team, as well as back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016, not seen in Washington since 1996 and 1997. 

    In March 2017, Gruden signed a two-year extension with the Redskins. He was fired after beginning the 2019 season 0-5. 

    Recently, Gruden confirmed to Rapoport that he was "itching for something to do" and seeking employment before Jacksonville brought him in to interview for the OC role. 

    After playing four years at the University of Louisville and eight more in various football leagues, Gruden held many offensive roles, offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers and Cincinnati Bengals. 

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