Kliff Kingsbury: You want everyone at OTAs, but it’s not how rules are set up

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The Cardinals opened the OTA phase of their offseason workouts on Monday without a couple of notable members of the offense in attendance.

Quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver Marquise Brown were not working with their teammates at the voluntary session. Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury had a quip ready when he was asked about his eagerness to see the two players on the field.

Kingsbury noted that “it was not fun for me” when he faced them when they were at Oklahoma and he was coaching at Texas Tech before noting that the voluntary nature of the workouts meant that the team simply has to work with the players that are there.

“As a coach, you want to have these guys here all the time but it’s not how the rules are set up,” Kingsbury said, via the team’s website. “Different guys handle it different ways.”

The Cardinals have a mandatory minicamp in mid-June and Kingsbury said that he expects everyone to be on hand for that work. Until then, they’ll just make do with those that opt to come to the facility.

4 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury: You want everyone at OTAs, but it’s not how rules are set up

  1. When you’re stuck with a petulant child as your QB1, you have to say stuff like this.

  2. Yes its a rule. Thats why you don’t win games because if stuff like this coach.

  3. Way to go Hollywood! You’re going to have to learn a new system yet you didn’t show up. They’ll never say it publicly but I’m sure the Cardinals are wondering if they made an error in trading that first round pick for you.

  4. Voluntary means optional. As someone who wanted to get ahead in my career (and I did), I took every opportunity to do things above what was required. I would think a professional athlete would do the same, but I have never understood those who only do what is REQUIRED. I know my own staff had few that just did enough to get by. I knew who they were. Hiring the right people is the first step to having a team of go getters instead of couch potatoes.

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