Kliff Kingsbury: Cardinals aren’t showing actual offense in preseason

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The Cardinals have a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback, bringing new offensive principles to the NFL.

And if you watch them in the preseason, you’ll see almost none of that offense.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury admitted to Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America that they are very deliberately not showing the bulk of the offensive scheme Kyler Murray will be in charge of in exhibition games — making them a bigger waster of time and money for fans than they already were.

“The games, we’re trying to keep it close to the vest, obviously,” Kingsbury said. “We’re trying to get our players used to playing with each other. But . . . it’s interesting for me, because this is the NFL, and I’ve never called a game in my life where I wasn’t in straight attack mode. Kyler and I are adjusting to that.”

Asked what they were actually preparing for, and Kingsbury had a list of non-football play items.

“That’s a great question,” he said. “For us, it’s operations. Getting guys lined up. Proper footwork. Things like that. It’s a challenge for Kyler. He wants to play. He wants to have success right away. He wants to light up every field he gets on. He’s been trying to get more put in to these game plans. ‘Are we game-planning this week? Are we game-planning? Can we do what we do?’ That’s been fun to see. He wants to go out and shine. He always has been the best, wherever he’s played. He expects to be the best. That’s what drives him.”

Of course, the Cardinals are installing the fun stuff in practice, in front of far fewer eyes (and paying customers), giving them some degree of element of surprise early in the regular season. Which they may well need, since their roster may not be very good.

11 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury: Cardinals aren’t showing actual offense in preseason

  1. This next weekend hopefully they show a little bit of the offense in the “dress rehearsal” game week 3 of the pre-season. Kingsbury can show a little bit of the offense without giving away what they’re going to do, I personally think the offense isn’t going to be the spread system people expect but will end up being closer to what the Chiefs run w/ Patrick Mahomes which is why they brought in Tom Clements who’s awesome w/ QB’s and a great offense mind in his own right. The Cardinals have an entire playbook to work with over the course of the season so they can show just a bit of it this next weekend, Kingsbury need’s to not be so freaking paranoid.

  2. Everything is fun and games until they start racking up the losses. Kliff is in over his head and so is Murray. This is a marriage that isn’t going to end well.

  3. He’s doing exactly what every coach does, none of them game plan for an opponent in the preseason.
    But he seems to think that all other teams showcase what they will do once the season opens. I would bet they don’t win 6 games.

  4. Kingsbury hasn’t had success anywhere he’s been. What makes anyone think his system will suddenly be good in the pros.

    The Raiders d was laughing at them. It’s going to be fun watching them fail this year.

    Kyler will be in A’s camp within 3 years.

  5. LOL, this dynamic duo couldn’t even devise a legal hand-signal, ref had to explain it to them.

  6. It’s cute how Kliff thinks he’s outsmarting everybody else. This poor guy couldn’t win more than he lost in a conference that never had more than like 4 good teams at any one time. He could well put up some Hue Jackson W-L numbers in the NFL.

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