NFL Notes: Lincoln Riley, GM Candidates, Kyler Murray

Lincoln Riley

Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley said Thursday that he’s “very happy” where he is right now and isn’t seriously entertaining the idea of departing for an NFL job.

“I can’t tell you how I’m gonna feel in 10 years, but no, not right now,” Riley said, via the New York Post. “If I wasn’t at one of the elite programs in the country, maybe, but no, I’m very happy where I’m at right now.

“If it was 20, 30 years ago, where there were some major differences, maybe. … The way the college game has evolved, financially it’s a lot better situation now when you compare it to NFL teams. We’re at a place where we’re happy, and we don’t take that for granted. I love coaching at Oklahoma, love coaching college football.

I was very upfront, said what I’ve said the 15 times I’ve been asked about it since,” Riley added. “I told them the truth. I told them I love where I’m at right now, and I don’t have that itch right now, and I fully plan on being at Oklahoma.”

GM Candidates

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has obtained the list of recommended GM candidates by the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel.

The full list includes:

  • Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin
  • former Giants GM Jerry Reese
  • Vikings assistant GM George Paton
  • former Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie
  • ESPN analyst Louis Riddick
  • Saints assistant GM Jeff Ireland
  • 49ers senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew
  • Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell (included because he doesn’t have control over the football operations)
  • Washington senior VP of player personnel Doug Williams
  • Cowboys assistant director of player personnel Will McClay
  • Patriots VP of player personnel Nick Caserio
  • Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta (Ravens GM-in-Waiting)
  • Chargers senior executive Randy Mueller

Kyler Murray

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray said Thursday that he isn’t thinking about the possibility of entering the NFL draft right now.

“It’s never bad to have options, but right now my main focus is this game,” Murray said, via

Murray added that “nothing has changed” with regards to plans to play baseball or football.

“Nothing has changed,” Murray said. “I haven’t put any energy into worrying about it or anything like that. All I can do is go out and play on Saturday and let my play speak for itself.

“You try to tell yourself it will be easy,” Murray explained, “but at the end of the day I expected this. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect to have success on the baseball field and the football field.”

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