In what can only be described as a blatant case of false advertising, it’s become clear Kliff Kingsbury is not at all who we thought he was.
Despite the movie star looks, cooler-than-you shades, great hair and male-model persona, Kingsbury is nothing at all what he seems to be. He’s a fraud – a good looking one – but fraudulant. If Kingsbury looked like he acted Sunday, he’d be the guy wearing bad Dockers, a braided belt and a, “you know, you’re not fooling anyone with that comb-over” hairstyle. He’d be teaching a tax seminar, not coaching an NFL team.
How else to describe Kingsbury, considered by most to be an offensive savant? He was called on to be the coach of the Arizona Cardinals because of his ability to coach offense. A genius mind, given the opportunity to “shake up” a stuffed-shirt kind of league.
So, when’s that gonna start?
In two week’s time, Kingsbury has gone from the next Sean McVay to something you’d see an 8th grade junior varsity coach run.
There’s no other way to explain what Kingsbury did Sunday against Baltimore.
The Cardinals and Kingsbury went for field goals three times inside the 5-yard line. That’s a crime in itself, but it should be a damn felony to kick three field goals inside the 5-yard line when you’re trailing. Meanwhile, you’ve got Kyler Murray, a dynamic playmaker, who was drafted No. 1, not because he’s conservative, but because he can make throws, be dynamic and exciting – kind of like Kingsbury’s offense is supposed to be. Not freeing up Murray at least once in these situations is noteworthy, never mind the fact the Cardinals are a team going nowhere. Why not take the risk? They have little to lose.
A fourth-and-1 from the Baltimore 4 in the first quarter resulted in a field goal. A 13-play, second quarter drive ended on a fourth-and-goal play where Kingsbury went for a field goal from the 3-yard line. In the third quarter, Baltimore committed a penalty on fourth down and the Cardinals got the ball moved from the 5-yard line to the 2. Still Kingsbury elected to try a field goal which cut the lead to 20-9.
Arizona ended up lost 23-17. Perhaps a risk, you know one taken by a brash, first-year head coach, might have been worth it.
Three times the Cards went for a field goal. Three times the Cards were behind in the game. None of the field goals resulted in a tie. None of the field goals resulted in the Cards taking the lead. All of the field goals resulted in Kingsbury coming off looking like a coach who was more concerned about not losing than a coach who was interested in winning.
All of which results in Kingsbury not looking the part of the kind of coach the Cardinals hired. Instead he looks exactly the opposite.