There has been speculation that the Arizona Cardinals could potentially fire Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury. An ESPN report suggested another option for Kingsbury. It suggested that he could resign.
“Maybe Kliff will just resign,” a source close to Kingsbury speculated in an ESPN story by Jeremy Fowler and Josh Weinfuss, “tired of the B.S.”
Kingsbury is described as being “miserable” this season by a source in the report. The report says that “multiple team sources see a path where Bidwill gives Kingsbury another year, due in part to injuries ravaging the roster and a personnel department in flux.”
It says: “The decision about Kingsbury’s future, and the direction of the organization, will fall to Bidwill. Multiple sources inside and outside the Cardinals organization said the relationship between Kingsbury and Bidwill has not been without its own share of tension, though the two men, along with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, regularly meet for film sessions and one-on-one postgame meetings.”
ESPN’s report also detailed the relationship between Kingsbury and Kyler Murray, a relationship it described as “increasingly distant.”
Murray feels he has not been given enough freedom at the line of scrimmage, particularly with running plays. Kingsbury has reportedly been frustrated at Murray’s inability to get the ball into the hands of the Cardinals’ playmakers “either due to miscommunication, a play breaking down or Murray improvising, and the disjointed attack created unpredictability for some of the team’s pass-catchers.”
Communication has also been a problem for Murray and Kingsbury. Passing game coordinator Cam Turner had been “forced to serve as a buffer” between the two throughout the season.
If Kingbury walks away, it looks bad. If he is fired less than a year after getting a five-year extension, the team looks foolish. If he is retained, people won’t be happy.
Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury. Photo courtsey of USa Today Sports