June 16, 2024

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Cardinal brass take a break from draft preparation to attend the unveiling of the Keeler Murray statue

Cardinal brass take a break from draft preparation to attend the unveiling of the Keeler Murray statue

Five days before a draft that would be crucial to the Arizona Cardinals’ short- and long-term future, first-year GM Monte Osenfurt and first-year head coach Jonathan Gannon took a break. Specifically, they took a trip to Norman, Oklahoma to unveil a statue of Kyler Murray on the spot where he played college football.

Via ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss, Ossenfort, Gannon, offensive coordinator Drew Petzing, quarterbacks coach Israel Wolffork, and offensive quality control coach Conor Singer attended the eventwhich saw the unveiling of Murray’s statue along with the existing memorials to Oklahoma’s six other Heisman Trophy winners: Baker Mayfield, Sam Bradford, Jason White, Billy Sims, Steve Owens, and Billy Vessels.

The unveiling of the statue at the OU spring game came two days after the Cardinals’ new uniform was unveiled. Murray was there in football gear for the first time since tore his anterior cruciate ligament last season. He was smiling, happy, free-spirited.

It’s as if he’s forgotten the fact that his 2023 schedule is undecided, and that the team has fallen deep into the league after starting the 2021 season with a 10-2 record.

“I look good,” he said Thursday night, laughing when asked about the new red outfit he was wearing. “It will be hard to spoil these things. I will win many matches in these for sure.”

I’m going to lose a lot of games in it too. Especially in the short term.

And while I will generally stick to the personal time management decisions of those hired to handle the most important functions of a professional football organization, realization can become reality—especially at a time when reality is not so good. Given the massive rebuilding the Cardinals face, Osenfurt and Gannon skipping City for a trip to Norman doesn’t create the best sense of whether they’re doing all they can to make the best decisions they can as they prepare to use or trade the eight Cardinals selected in the 2023 draft, starting at number three. in general.

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