Report: Cardinals fire assistant coach Sean Kugler over incident in Mexico City

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The Cardinals returned home from Mexico City with one fewer assistant coach than they arrived with.

Cardinals offensive line coach/running game coordinator Sean Kugler was fired following an incident in Mexico City on Sunday night, according to Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic.

There was no immediate word on the nature of the incident. The Cardinals were in Mexico City for the weekend and through Monday night’s game against the 49ers. They are back in Arizona now and play a home game on Sunday against the Chargers.

The 56-year-old Kugler has been on the Cardinals’ staff since 2019 and has previously coached with the Broncos, Steelers, Bills and Lions, as well as multiple college coaching jobs.

73 responses to “Report: Cardinals fire assistant coach Sean Kugler over incident in Mexico City

  1. He was seen eating an authentic street taco with Ketchup instead of hot sauce. Indeed a fireable offense.

  2. So they literally left him in Mexico City to find his own way home on his own dime? That’s harsh. It must have been something really serious.

  3. Kugler is a well respected O Line Coach. He was highly thought of by the Cardinals. It will be interesting to find out what he did that was serious enough to get him sent home and fired by the team

  4. And everyone is always worried about player behavior. The coaches are getting out of control…

  5. Whatever Sean Kugler did must have been pretty bad. Not only did they fire him and send him home on Sunday night, they also said that the firing is permanent.

  6. “We relieved him of his duties, and he was sent home Monday morning prior to the game,” Kingsbury said.

    “It’s challenging anytime you make a staff change in that type of manner,” he added.

  7. radar773 says:
    November 22, 2022 at 4:57 pm
    Whatever Sean Kugler did must have been pretty bad. Not only did they fire him and send him home on Sunday night, they also said that the firing is permanent.

    when is the last time someone got fired and it was not permanent?

  8. bassplucker says:
    November 22, 2022 at 4:36 pm
    So they literally left him in Mexico City to find his own way home on his own dime? That’s harsh. It must have been something really serious.

    Wrong pronouns, the horror!

  9. radar773 says:

    November 22, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Whatever Sean Kugler did must have been pretty bad. Not only did they fire him and send him home on Sunday night, they also said that the firing is permanent
    —————-
    Lol every firing is permanent otherwise it’s called a suspension 🤦‍♂️

  10. This should put an end to the “International “ experiment.
    The NFL can’t handle being in large international cities.
    Coaches are engaging in behavior that gets them instantly fired.
    Pull the plug.

  11. Taking a stab in the dark, and maybe got caught boozing on the plane/bus after the league sent that memo last week?!

  12. finfanjim says:
    November 22, 2022 at 4:40 pm
    And everyone is always worried about player behavior. The coaches are getting out of control…

    ————————-
    I don’t think anything can top what ex Lions coach Joe Mullen did though, naked at a Wendy’s drive through awhile back.

  13. Much like certain parts of Nevada there are things you can do in Mexico city that won’t get you arrested but might get you fired from a football team.

  14. *** (Jake the snake)
    When is the last time someone got fired and it was not permanent?

    One George Costanza comes to mind….

  15. Yet, the Titan OC is not only still employed, he is being protected arrogantly by Tenn and Goodell, which some might consider cheating based on NFL policy with no alcohol on the plane.

    Hmmm.

  16. “Lol every firing is permanent otherwise it’s called a suspension ”

    Of course all firings are, by nature, permanent. My point was that most people would simply say…”He was fired”, but Kingsbury added “and it’s permanent”. Kingsbury sounded really angry.

  17. alcohol. drugs. guns. women. Pick at least 1.

    Good lord I hope it’s 3 out of 4… otherwise it’s not an interesting story

  18. All I know is it couldn’t be due to an incident on the field. Arizona’s offense did nothing all game!

  19. This could become a great trend. Play an out-of-country game and just leave everybody you don’t want behind. They could have left Kliff and Kyler Murray there, as well.

  20. “Never go to the donkey show!”

    More importantly, did Sean Kugler catch the bride’s bouquet?

  21. “We relieved him of his duties, and he was sent home Monday morning prior to the game,” Kingsbury said. If that statement is true, how can you publish a “story” like this suggesting he was let go and didn’t return with the team from Mexico?

  22. George Costanza walked into Rick Barr’s office and quit, calling Barr everything he could think of from a joke to incompetent. I believe it was after the weekend he went back into work saying that he was only kidding. Costanza was not fired, he quit. Kugler was fired and it is permanent.

  23. This team is out of control. Either the coaches aren’t doing their jobs or the players have given up. Could have been a good team with more pieces but it appears they will be perennial losers in the dessert as they have been historically. I’m tired of watching a mediocre team and management. Laughing stock of the league. Even when they show historical highlights, it’s those of the Cards loosing. Woe, sell the team Bidwell if your not going to put a winning product on the field.

  24. youbettercallsaul says:
    November 22, 2022 at 5:46 pm
    I don’t think anything can top what ex Lions coach Joe Mullen did though, naked at a Wendy’s drive through awhile back.

    He was picking up some food on his way to see Free Willy at the Drive In. 🙂 And yes, I am a Lions fan all too familiar with this one.

  25. The Cards head coach won’t be around much longer, just too much friction with the QB and there seems to be a lot of negativity there if you listen to guys like buhdA baker, ect.

  26. What a trainwreck of an organization right now. If nothing else, at least Steve Keim managed to escape Mexico City without another DUI on his ledger.

  27. Who else thinks the Arizona football team left their team back home when they left for Monday night football.


  28. crookedcreek says:
    November 22, 2022 at 6:35 pm
    Meanwhile Alvin Kamara has not been punished

    Kamara has not been convicted of anything, has he?

  29. mackcarrington says:
    November 22, 2022 at 5:22 pm
    This should put an end to the “International “ experiment.
    The NFL can’t handle being in large international cities.
    Coaches are engaging in behavior that gets them instantly fired.
    Pull the plug.
    ——————————————-
    Do you really think there is nothing to do in NFL cities with a few million people?

  30. He probably wondered out loud, “Why is Kyler walking around eating tacos instead of playing.” D’oh! Actually he was complaining about the lack of Chalupa’s and figured he better best beat Kliff out the door.

  31. Do you really think there is nothing to do in NFL cities with a few million people?

    ——-/——-/——-/——-

    Dude didn’t get fired in an NFL city, did he?
    Nope. Went out of the country….lost his mind…and his job too. And this is the only one we know about.
    Nawww. They can’t handle it. They need to stop before there’s a diplomatic incident that makes Brittney Griner look like after-school detention.

  32. “I don’t think anything can top what ex Lions coach Joe Mullen did though, naked at a Wendy’s drive through awhile back.”

    Najee Davenport would like a word…

  33. Maybe he sang “Divinas Mujeras” off key at a karaoke bar, inciting the wrath of Vicente Fernandez fans.

  34. He’ll just walk across the border…
    ————————————————————-
    He is a U.S. citizen with a passport, so there’s that…….

  35. jddre says:
    November 22, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    crookedcreek says:
    November 22, 2022 at 6:35 pm
    Meanwhile Alvin Kamara has not been punished

    Kamara has not been convicted of anything, has he?

    ———

    Neither has this guy

  36. We can confirm the incompetence of this organization by the contract they gave Murray, which they’ll have to live with for a few more losing seasons. Absolutely an imbecile move to give a wanna-be QB like him that kind of money.

  37. “alcohol. drugs. guns. women. Pick at least 1.”

    Category 3. He allegedly groped a woman.

  38. First Todd Downing, now this. Assistant Coaches Gone Wild. The lack of self control is breathtaking.

  39. All this talk of Joe Mullen and not one Lions fan to correct the facts. His name was Joe Cullen not Mullen……

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