Kliff Kingsbury: We’ve got to figure out how to start faster

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The 1-2 Cardinals have been plagued by slow starts so far this season.

In the Week One loss to Kansas City, three of Arizona’s first four drives ended in punts while the Chiefs built an early lead. The offense went three-and-out on its first and third drive.

Though the Cardinals won in Week Two, they were down 20-0 at halftime, with their first-half drives ending punt, punt, interception.

Then in Week Three, Arizona’s first four possessions ended in punts, going three-and-out three times.

On Monday, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said, “I wish I had an answer” when asked about issues with the script that may be leading to those slow starts.

“That’s something we’ve got to figure out,” Kingsbury said in his press conference. “It’s been slow starts in all three phases this week, unfortunately, but that’s got to be an emphasis to get started faster on offense, get in a groove and get moving so we can get into some of our tempo stuff. Coaches and players, we’ve got to figure that out this week.”

Kingsbury said he’s thought about changing the structure of the practice week and practice itself to get off to better starts. But added, “At some point, it just has to click for us.”

“I don’t think there’s any magic answers except guys showing up, being ready to go, and not regressing back to that once we get it figured out,” Kingsbury said.

Kingsbury said some of the issues may stem from players trying too hard instead of taking one play at a time. But he knows the team has to start faster because playing from behind all the tie is not sustainable.

“It’s hard when you’re chasing offensively and defensively like we’ve been,” Kingsbury said. “We’ve just trying to crawl back into it. You’re not calling the game on your terms. You’re trying to catch up. That’s not an easy place to be and that’s where we’ve been, so we want to be able to execute the game plans that we have in for a certain reason and a certain purpose the way we want. That’s something we’ve got to be able to do Sunday.”

16 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury: We’ve got to figure out how to start faster

  1. You rewarded this guy with an NFL job after failing to win games in college then you reward the guy last year for failing to win games to close the season. Now he is looking to get another raise by failing even earlier since the Cards have rewarded failure up to this point. Why extend him? You think other teams where knocking down his door to get him?

  2. nhpats2011 says:
    September 27, 2022 at 11:03 am
    Kliff, you need a QB who isn’t 5’7”

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    …and doesn’t throw his team mates under the bus after a loss. That makes for a bad locker room of unhappy players.

  3. Cardinals defense is last in the NFL through three games. Kyler is the only reason the Cardinals won game 2. Kliff’s scripted play calls at the beginning of games and his terrible calls on third downs are the reason for the slow starts.

  4. This franchise is a disaster starting with the owner, GM, HC, and that child posing as a QB. I live in AZ and yelled on draft night, “Don’t do it!” — but foolishly they did. Still can’t believe he got that contract. Seriously? no one can figure out at 5ft 7, he can’t see over the line, and ends up running around in the backfield like a chicken with its head off?!

  5. It’s well after the game. If you can’t analyze why your team failed and start formulating ways to fix it, you’re a poor coach. Maybe you are great at designing stuff, but you’re a poor COACH.

  6. This was a terrible hire from the start/ Maybe they hired him for the swag or something because he isn’t the answer. Good thing they already gave him and the GM dumb extensions to their contracts for having all that success.

  7. Kingsbury still doesn’t seem to understand that he’s not in the Big 12 anymore. This guy he has at QB limits him big time. Kliff can’t just run out there with a guy who can’t handle pressure or see the middle of the field and expect to regularly put up points against NFL defenses. You’re not playing Oklahoma State and Kansas anymore.

  8. So… Kingsbury is a “poor” coach based on all the internet geniuses in here…

    Yet all he had done in Arizona is increase its win totals by 3 games every year he has been in the Desert…

    Sure… like EVERY coach in the NFL.. he has his warts… but come on…

    Half of you guys posting couldn’t tell what a 3 technique is without googling it first…

  9. So… Kingsbury is a “poor” coach based on all the internet geniuses in here…
    Yet all he had done in Arizona is increase its win totals by 3 games every year he has been in the Desert…
    Sure… like EVERY coach in the NFL.. he has his warts… but come on…
    Half of you guys posting couldn’t tell what a 3 technique is without googling it first…

    Thank you! Somebody who isn’t a hater and knows that Kliff has done good things for this team as a coach, is the dude perfect hell no. He has a young QB and a middle of the road defense at best. Two of our best recievers aren’t playing and our GM sits with his head up his ass and won’t go out and get us some players to help on defensive side of the ball. He works with what he has. This team when at full strength on the offensive side will be scary. Kyler is playing with 2 good wideouts Brown and Dortch, the rest are trash. Kyler gets the ball to his WR they just tend to drop it, AJ Green is trash and should be released. 6-7 dropped passes that could have changed the outcome this week. Ertz dropped TD was the most glaring.

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