Arizona Cardinals should fire their head coach

Yet another Arizona Cardinals season that ends disappointingly under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Ridiculous. That’s the best way to describe what we saw from Arizona in Monday night’s 34-11 NFC Wild Card loss to the division-rival Los Angeles Rams.

The Kingsbury team found themselves at 21-0 in the second quarter after this atrocious interception by Kyler Murray. By halftime, the Rams had beaten Arizona 175-40. It was a wrap from there.

For the Cardinals, this represents another late-season slump under Kingsbury. Remember, Arizona was up two games in the NFC West with five regular season outings remaining. The team then lost four of five, handing the division over to the Rams in the process.

A season that began with Arizona going 7-0 in its first seven games ended in losing seven of its last 11 games, including the playoffs. Should this lead to Kliff Kingsbury being fired?

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Kliff Kingsbury’s record is uncertain

December 5, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury watches in the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

When Arizona signed Kingsbury ahead of the 2019 season, some questioned that decision. Remember, he posted a 35-40 record as the head coach of Texas Tech from 2013 to 2018. This type of failure at the collegiate level was to be viewed as concerning.

We are now seeing this play out first hand in the desert. Since his days with the Red Raiders, teams managed by Kingsbury have struggled to close the seasons.

  • 2014: Texas Tech (1-4)
  • 2015: Texas Tech (2-4)
  • 2016: Texas Tech (2-6)
  • 2017: Texas Tech (2-6)
  • 2018: Texas Tech (0-5)
  • 2019: Arizona Cardinals (2-7)
  • 2020: Arizona Cardinals (3-6)
  • 2021: Arizona Cardinals (1-5)

That won’t be enough. It should also cause the Cardinals brass to rethink this whole Kliff Kingsbury experience. We’re talking about eight years of trivia closing seasons dating back to college. It is revealing. It’s also not acceptable at this level of football.

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Arizona Cardinals have other options

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December 31, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts from the sideline during the second half of the Orange Bowl College Football CFP National Semifinal against the Georgia Bulldogs at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not like there’s a shortage of qualified head coaching candidates to replace Kliff Kingsbury in the desert. This job would also be seen as the most attractive of openings if owner Michael Bidwell and Co. left Kingsbury.

Just imagine replacing Kingsbury with Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh or Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. The latter option is intriguing considering Leftwich served as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator in 2018 under Bruce Arians.

The reality of the situation is as follows. Kingsbury has proven time and time again that he is not an NFL-caliber head coach. A 1-5 record to close out the 2021 season adds another layer to that belief.

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We’ll be intrigued to see if any rumors emerge from the desert after Monday night’s resounding defeat over Kingsbury’s future, because the status quo obviously isn’t working. This has been known within the Arizona front office.

In an NFC West with two teams reaching the divisional playoffs, these Cardinals have become second-class citizens under Kingsbury. This cannot be considered acceptable to the powers that be in Arizona.

After all, we’re now looking at a 24-25-1 record for Kliff Kingsbury in Arizona. Talk about mediocrity.

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