Mike Sando on the most surprising results in his quarterback tiers survey

Aug 1, 2023, 1:53 PM

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals scrambles with the ball against the New England Patriots d...

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 12: Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals scrambles with the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter of the game at State Farm Stadium on December 12, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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Mike Sando, The Athletic’s senior NFL writer, joined Whitey & Watkins to talk about his recent piece on the 2023 quarterback tiers. This is the 10th year he’s put the tiers together, which surveys 50 NFL coaches and evaluators on the league’s throwers.

When it came to the most surprising result, Sando pointed to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.

“I guess I was surprised there wasn’t more negativity around Kyler Murray,” Sando said. “He did slide a little bit, but he’s still a top guy in Tier 3, he’s between Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr who have been steady players for a long time. There wasn’t a lot of people ripping on Kyler Murray and he’s had a tough last year where he hasn’t looked good… So I thought there was a little bit more optimisation on him than I was expecting.”

Additional topics discussed include:

  • How Brock Purdy ended up in Tier 3 with the likes of Derek Carr and Ryan Tannehill
  • What bumped Aaron Rodgers down from a Tier 1 quarterback to Tier 2?
  • If a quarterback’s situation impacts their Tier ranking
  • His biggest disagreement with the panel
  • Why the panel thinks Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson can’t be worse than last year

Click here to watch and listen to the full interview with Mike Sando.

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