After letting Steve Wilks go after 1 year of head coaching duties, the Arizona Cardinals have decided to hire another coach with limited NFL coaching experience: Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury going through an incredible two months, where he was: Fired from Texas Tech, Hired as USC Offensive Coordinator, and now an NFL head coach. The Cardinals and Kingsbury have agreed to a four-year deal with a team option for the 5th year.
Unconventional for the Cardinals
The move was highly unlike the Cardinals in the past to hire a young coach. In fact, this is their youngest coach hired since the merger. This also makes for the 3rd coach under 40 years old to coach in the NFC West, leaving Pete Carrol as the lone, old man of the bunch. Even more interesting was the speed of the process. Where last year the Cardinals were near dead last in the hiring process, this year they jump in front. Typically, you’d see this in a coach with tons of experience, not one who is new to the league.
What does it say about Steve Keim?
A move like this can point to two things. Either General Manager Steve Keim is extremely desperate and swinging for the fences. Or, he has that much confidence in his tenure with the organization to take a risk like this. Either way, the front office will need to give more time and trust than they did to his predecessor. This year, the overall outlook of the team is entirely different as well. No more veteran QB, more cap space, and a #1 overall draft pick to boot.
Ultimately, this hire will be a success if 3 things happen:
1. His ability to help QB Josh Rosen grow
2. Bringing in a competent staff (ie. Defense Coordinator and O-Line coach.)
3. Putting together an efficient and exciting offense.
One thing is for certain, Josh Rosen seems to be on board. For me, that’s a great start.
The Arizona Cardinals will introduce new head coach Kliff Kingsbury at 1:00 PM (MST) in their Tempe Facility.
View the press conference here: https://www.facebook.com/arizonacardinals/videos/2033882526667162/