Kliff Kingsbury open to giving up play-calling duties if it “helps us win”

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The Cardinals offense stinks. They rank 22nd in scoring and 16th in total offense. Kyler Murray‘s passer rating of 81.8 is 24th in the NFL and the lowest of his career, and he has six touchdowns and four interceptions.

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If the Cardinals’ struggles continue, something will have to change. It won’t be the quarterback, who signed a five-year, $230.5 million extension in the offseason.

It might not be the head coach.

Kliff Kingsbury’s contract extension signed this offseason ties him to the team through the 2027 season.

But the Cardinals could force Kingsbury to give up play-calling duties, and they could do that before the end of the season. Or he could voluntarily give it to someone else on staff.

Kingsbury was asked Monday about the possibility of someone else calling the plays. Unlike during the 2020 season when Kingsbury said he couldn’t see any scenario where he would give it up, he didn’t rule it out.

“I am open to anything that helps us score more points and helps us win,” Kingsbury said, via Darren Urban of the team website. “We will see where it all goes, but yeah, whatever it takes to win, I’m all for it.”

Later, during his radio appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7, Kingsbury reiterated he would “definitely” consider such a move.

“Whatever it takes to win, whatever it takes to score points,” Kingsbury said. “Anything goes in this league. We will examine all avenues.”

With the Cardinals playing on Thursday Night Football, Kingsbury acknowledged it isn’t likely this week. But the Cardinals will have a mini-bye after their game against the Saints.

Assistant coach Spencer Whipple served as the play-caller last season in Cleveland when Kingsbury was home with COVID-19.

9 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury open to giving up play-calling duties if it “helps us win”

  1. Your play calling has certainly been bad. You call games as if you’re playing Madden on Xbox. But youve also been given very little help in terms of personnel. You and Keim are both complicit.

  2. If Kliff really wanted to “help them win,” he would quit coaching the team. Since his college coaching days, he had a reputation for charging hard from the gate — winning the vast majority of early season games, before faltering at the end. Now he can’t even seem to start the season strong. Ownership blew a dump truck of money this off-season on a coach and quarterback who never earned it in the first place. I feel sad for all the great Cardinals fans who now have to suffer with inferior results for years to come.

  3. It’s like Matt Rhule, how did he ever get hired? .500 coach in college football, yet teams think you can win at the next level? Some of the worst defenses in the country year after year. Shocking.

  4. Bad owner bad Gm bad Coach leads to bad team. There are some pieces for a quick turnaround with the right GM and Coach.

  5. Keim and Kingsbury need to go. Poor drafting, poor talent acquisition and retaining, poor coaching, poor morale.

  6. This is the same thing Nathaniel Hackett said the other week. Only problem is the playcalling is supposed to their main skillset so if they’re not calling plays there’s no reason to keep them around.

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