Kliff Kingsbury on timeout negating fourth-and-goal stop: “That’s on me”

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The 49ers scored a touchdown on fourth-and-goal on the last play of the first half. But they wouldn’t have, if Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury hadn’t called a timeout.

San Francisco initially called a run up the middle that Arizona stuffed, but the officials ruled that Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury had called a timeout just before the ball was snapped. That gave the 49ers another chance, and they scored the touchdown.

Kingsbury said he thought the timeout would give his defense a chance to see what the 49ers wanted to do, but obviously in hindsight he wishes he hadn’t called it.

I wanted to get a Kodak timeout, one of those looks at it,” Kingsbury said, via ArizonaSports.com. “Wanted them to hopefully to burn their best play. Looking back on it, would have rather gotten that stop. That one didn’t work out for us and that’s on me.”

Kingsbury later lost another timeout late in the second half when he challenged a run, thinking 49ers running back Tevin Coleman stepped out of bounds short of a first down. He was wrong about that, and losing a timeout in that situation was costly as well.

For all the talk of Kingsbury’s innovative offense, the most noteworthy aspect of his first season of coaching has been his in-game decisions, many of which have been costly mistakes.

34 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury on timeout negating fourth-and-goal stop: “That’s on me”

  1. A lot of coaches call timeout in that end of the half situation. It did not work out this particular time for Kliff, but that does not mean that his decision was incorrect.

  2. Well yeah we all know that LOL! I couldn’t believe it after the stuff. Niner’s caught a huge break there. Arizona plays SF so tough.

  3. I’ve watched several Cardinal’s games and it’s patently obvious that Kingsbury is perhaps qualified for a role of offensive coordinator, but not for head coach. Numerous clock management issues, poor use of timeouts, not knowing when to seek replay reviews or reviewing on the wrong calls, disastrous decisions on fourth downs, etc. Boy wonder? Hardly !

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  5. Monday morning QB’s always have 20/20 vision, even if they’ve never even coached a Pop Warner game. I thought Arizona put on a good show against a team that’s more talented and supremely coached. If the 49ers would have scored on the initial play, all us geniuses would be saying he should have called a time out.

  6. “For all the talk of Kingsbury’s innovative offense, the most noteworthy aspect of his first season of coaching has been his in-game decisions, many of which have been costly mistakes.”
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    NONSENSE.

    As the first commenter said, “Hindsight is 20/20”. If the 49ers scored on the first try and failed on the second attempt, does that make it a “costly mistake” timeout? NOPE. And you don’t know if any of the 49ers let up on the play if they heard the whistle before they play while the defense when full speed.

    As for the Coleman challenge, none of the replays definitively confirmed he was inbounds. If the call was originally out, that would have stood too. How are those challenges considered “wrong” when it could’ve gone either way??

  7. “Pulledgroin says:
    November 1, 2019 at 7:16 am
    I’ve watched several Cardinal’s games and it’s patently obvious that Kingsbury is perhaps qualified for a role of offensive coordinator, but not for head coach. Numerous clock management issues, poor use of timeouts, not knowing when to seek replay reviews or reviewing on the wrong calls, disastrous decisions on fourth downs, etc. Boy wonder? Hardly !”

    Sounds like the Steelers and Cowboys Head Coaches.

  8. Over coaching. This isn’t college. If you coached the D in practice about tendencies and potential plays at the goal line, you think they got the situation under control? (e.g., NE in SB with Seattle) It’s almost as bad as watching college (and some HS) coaches, who are changing plays at the line of scrimmage from the sideline. Ugh. Don’t trust your players to make on field decisions? Then maybe you’re not as good a coach as you think.

  9. Too many knocks on Kliff. It’s his first year coaching in the league and he took over a team that was not very good! All coaches have flaws, no one gets every single decision correct! I think he’s doing a fine job with Arizona and that team has already exceeded my expectations for this season.

    I thought they would be one of the worst in the league this year, but he’s got them out there competing!

  10. At least Kingsbury owns it.
    He could have growled “On to Tampa” when questioned about his decision.

  11. He’d like to have that one back but he’s doing an excellent job. Take that timeout away and they win the football game against a 7-0 team. Miami had Drake 3 years and he never put up the numbers he put up last night in Kingsbury’s offense. When the team gets a few more pieces they’re gonna be scary good.

  12. I totally agree with screwstontexans…

    Kingsbury is doing fine for the Cardinals. As a long,long time Cardinals fan…they are better than expected. People have short memories…

    Last years team under Wilkes, was about as bad as I’ve ever seen it. I was happy if they could get 2 first downs on a drive, let alone play a competitive game ( of which they rarely did)

    This years team is different…. the Cardinals roster is very thin… and they are competing every week.

  13. It’s not surprising that I’m society today people will make excuses for whatEver and whomever they choose. Those of you justifying his timeout most likely didn’t see their game a week ago when he made a very similar coaching call which cost them, as well. Just less than a week ago. So keep making excuses for a coach who has still yet to prove he can be a successful head coach on ANY level. Losing record in college. Losing record in the NFL. Sure the offense is scouting points but they’re still losing. Sry similar to his Texas tech teams

  14. “Burn their best play” kind of makes sense, except that once they put the DT in the game as the fullback it became obvious they were going to try a power run up the middle. The defense the Cardinals had our there was equipped to stop that play, which they did easily. That’s where a more experienced coach trusts his team to execute, and doesn’t go with a pre-conceived strategy that ended up costing his team 7 points.

  15. You’re seeing more last second timeouts like this as coaches and coordinators seek to further control the game. A few weeks back somebody (possibly the Chargers) cost themselves a TD in a similar situation because the coach called TO scared the play clock was going to run out. Stuff like that used to be left up to the QB, especially if he was a veteran.

  16. The 9ers obviously didn’t bring their A game bc they didn’t have to…which about got them beat by a much less well coached, less talented team. But, thanks to KK’s terrible decisions they didn’t need their A game and not only got the W but also made KK pull out everything he had, and now the other teams in the Division know exactly what the Cards have in their run game as well as in their receiver Isabella and will be able to game plan accordingly. Nice job coach…you probably should have taken one of those coordinator jobs and gotten some NFL experience before taking on the big job. The Cards will win just enough wins to hurt them in draft order and save Steve Keim’s job. Meanwhile the defense is taking the heat for “losing the game” and KK is happy to let them.
    It seems teams, especially the Cards, play up to their competition which can be a fatal flaw with these Division rivalries.

  17. Sometimes its better to not act & let people think you are incompetent than it is to take action & prove it…..
    He Cost them the game……but at least he OWNED IT, give him cudos for that much….

  18. This ones on me. That’s what the Bears coach should have said after his boneheaded clock management after their game last week. But he didn’t man up.

  19. Almost every coach calls that time out there. It’s extremely common. You’re basically blaming Kingsbury for the fact that the referee didn’t blow the whistle quickly enough.

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