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Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray among NFL quarterbacks on the hot seat in 2022 season

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Lists of NFL coaches on the hot seat have been a sports writing staple for years.

But evidently those lists are not just limited to coaches.

Bleacher Report recently listed NFL quarterbacks on the hot seat for the 2022 season and the Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray was included among the seven QBs.

Kristopher Knox wrote that Murray's 2022 season would be a pivotal one in determining his future with the Cardinals, and in the NFL.

"He's been good but not good enough to carry Arizona deep into the postseason—and now Murray appears to be angling for a new deal," Knox wrote. "His agent, Erik Burkhardt, also released a statement expressing Murray's desire for a long-term deal that is 'in line with the current QB market.' Will the Cardinals reward Murray with a lucrative long-term second contract? That will likely depend on how he performs in 2022. If the Oklahoma product doesn't deliver a postseason victory, Arizona may hesitate to extend him, leading the Cardinals to a situation similar to the one Cleveland faced earlier this offseason. Murray might not seem like a prime hot-season candidate, but the idea of the Browns dumping Mayfield seemed unfathomable this time last year. Yet, here we are. Murray must prove that he can do more than put up good numbers in the regular season."

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Should Kyler Murray be on the hot seat as the quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals?

Drama has surrounded Murray and the Cardinals since he scraped his Instagram account of Cardinals photos this offseason.

A recent social media post from J.J. Watt of Murray working out at the Cardinals' facility in Tempe may have quieted some of the chatter surrounding the quarterback's future in Arizona, but the situation seems extremely volatile, like it could heat up again at any moment.

Recently, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury had this to say about Murray and the organization from the NFL's annual meeting: “We’re in a good place," Kingsbury said, via Pro Football Talk. "That’s the business side of it. I stay out of his things for the most part. But as far as our relationship, it’s always been great. And we see him as the long-term future and I know he feels the same way.”

The Carolina Panthers' Sam Darnold, Detroit Lions' Jared Goff, Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Hurts, New York Giants' Daniel Jones, Tennessee Titans' Ryan Tannehill and Miami Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa were also included in the Bleacher Report list.

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Fansided's Adam Patrick didn't agree with Murray being put on the list of quarterbacks on the hot seat.

"Arguments for extending and not extending Murray this year can easily be made," he wrote. "But is it fair to put the majority of the Cardinals’ struggles during the last few seasons on the shoulders of their young quarterback? If anything, the argument could be made that Arizona doesn’t even sniff the playoffs last year without Murray as their starting signal-caller. At 24-years-old, he’s one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, and for him to be placed on the hot seat after a season in which he led his team to the playoffs seems a bit premature. … It’s fair to say that there is certainly some additional pressure on Murray to succeed next season given the kind of contract he would like to receive in the near future. But to place him on the hot seat just seems a little drastic at this point in his NFL career."

Do you think Murray is on the hot seat with the Cardinals entering 2022?

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