Kyler Murray does not appear to be losing sleep over the possibility of losing head coach Kliff Kingsbury to his alma mater.
Kingsbury has been linked to the vacant Oklahoma head coach job, though there is no indication he has been directly approached. That topic on Wednesday was put to Murray, himself a former Sooner, and the Arizona Cardinals quarterback did not sound too worried about any potential Kingsbury exit.
Sure, Murray will want to see the Sooners land a quality head coach. He just doesn’t particularly want it to be his current one.
Kingsbury has been fairly evasive when it comes to discussing any possible interest in the Oklahoma job. That is more likely because he’s using the rumors as leverage for a raise from the Cardinals, a team he has led to a 9-2 record so far. Murray isn’t sweating things. For the moment, Cardinals fans probably shouldn’t be either.
Kliff Kingsbury was quickly linked to the Oklahoma head coaching job after Lincoln Riley left for USC on Sunday, and his response to the report was somewhat surprising.
Shortly after the Riley news broke, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Oklahoma is targeting Kingsbury as a potential replacement. The Arizona Cardinals coach was asked about that on Monday, and he stopped well short of denying that he has interest.
Does that mean Kingsbury would actually entertain the idea of leaving his NFL head coaching job to take over at Oklahoma? Probably not.
What’s more likely is that Kingsbury is using the Oklahoma talk as leverage against the Cardinals. His contract with the team is set to expire after 2022, and there’s no way he wants to go into next season as a lame duck. If the Cardinals believe he is interested in the Oklahoma job, they might be more likely to offer him more money and/or work out an extension sooner.
Schefter was ruthlessly mocked on Twitter for his Kingsbury-Oklahoma report. The main reason for that is people believe the NFL insider is helping out Kingsbury and his agent. Unless you think Kingsbury would actually leave the Cardinals for Oklahoma, his responses on Monday are further evidence that he is trying to put pressure on his current employer.
Lincoln Riley stunned the sports world on Sunday when he agreed to become the next head coach at USC. One report claimed Oklahoma is targeting Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury to be Riley’s replacement, but most people found that laughable. That led to ESPN’s Adam Schefter feeling the wrath of Twitter.
Shortly after the Riley news broke, Schefter reported that Oklahoma is eyeing Kingsbury as a coaching candidate. The NFL insider also noted that Kingsbury’s current contract with the Cardinals expires after 2022. The latter piece of information is the one people felt was most important.
With Kingsbury almost certainly seeking a new deal from the Cardinals, it would make sense for his camp to leak information about Oklahoma having interest in him. Schefter was accused of being a mouthpiece and mocked on Twitter.
Now, that’s not to say Oklahoma doesn’t want Kingsbury. They would gladly hire him if he had interest in the job, but why would he? The Cardinals are 9-2 and one of the best teams in the NFC. They also have a young franchise quarterback in Kyler Murray. Kingsbury would be voluntarily taking a demotion if he left a good NFL team for Oklahoma.
When someone inevitably asks Kingsbury about the Oklahoma rumors, don’t be surprised if he responds the same way Mike Tomlin did when he was linked to the USC job.
Oklahoma is searching for a new head coach after Lincoln Riley rocked the college football world by agreeing to a deal with USC on Sunday. The job should attract plenty of strong candidates, and apparently the Sooners are aiming incredibly high.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Sooners are targeting Kliff Kingsbury as a potential replacement for Riley.
As Schefter noted, Kingsbury’s current contract with the Cardinals only runs through 2022. It is incredibly unlikely that he would leave his NFL coaching job for college, but he may act like he has interest in Oklahoma for leverage.
The Cardinals have improved in each of Kingsbury’s three seasons with the team and are 9-2 this year. They’re one of the best teams in the NFC and have a young franchise quarterback in Kyler Murray. Kingsbury would be insane to leave that job for Oklahoma or any other college coaching job, even if he still likes to stir the pot with college fans.
Photo: Jul 14, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley speaks to the media during Big 12 media days at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Kyler Murray was a surprise inactive for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, leaving Colt McCoy to start in a tough road game against the San Francisco 49ers. The former Texas star made it look easy, but Kliff Kingsbury was not kind to McCoy’s alma mater after the win.
McCoy led a Cardinals team that was without both Murray and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to a convincing 31-17 win over San Francisco. Kingsbury, who used to coach at Texas Tech, took advantage of the opportunity to troll Longhorns fans.
Texas was blown out 30-7 at Iowa State on Saturday. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Longhorns, who are now 4-5 on the season. Of course, Kingsbury was also taking a swipe at his own quarterback by needling the Longhorns.
McCoy was an extremely efficient 22/26 for 249 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions in Arizona’s win.
Kingsbury actually had some classy gestures for Texas when he was coaching at Texas Tech, but a rivalry is a rivalry.
Kliff Kingsbury and Josh Norman both were hit with unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for trading words during the second quarter of Sunday’s Arizona Cardinals-San Francisco 49ers game.
The Cardinals had a 3rd-and-18 at the San Francisco 19 in the second quarter. The Cardinals completed a pass for a 2-yard loss, but Norman was called for taunting, giving the Cardinals a first down. But Kingsbury was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for trading words with Norman after the play.
The penalty on Kingsbury was enforced between downs, which was favorable for Arizona. They got the first down but were moved back and had a 1st-and-24. Arizona ended up with a field goal on the possession to take a 17-0 lead.
Norman ended up being benched after his penalty.
Kliff Kingsbury was away from the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday due to a positive Covid test. One might expect that he watched his team on live TV along with everyone else, but that was not the case.
Kingsbury was back home in Arizona isolating as he waited to be cleared from Covid protocols. He actually avoided watching Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB. Instead, the Cardinals coach decided to use the time to begin gameplanning for next week’s game against the Houston Texans.
Kingsbury did tune in eventually, though he did so with just three minutes to go and Arizona up big. He tuned in not to see the play, but because he was proud of his team and wanted to see them celebrate.
Believe it or not, Kingsbury probably isn’t the only coach who’d avoid the game. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was in a similar spot last year, and while he did watch the game, he admitted that the inability to control any of it was very stressful. Maybe Kingsbury didn’t want to needlessly put himself through that stress.
The Arizona Cardinals will face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday without head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
The Cardinals announced Friday that Kingsbury has tested positive for Covid and will not coach Sunday. Quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive lineman Zach Allen also tested positive and will miss the game.
With Kingsbury at home, Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will split the head coaching duties. Other assistants will pitch in as needed. Joseph has head coaching experience, having spent two seasons as the Denver Broncos’ head coach.
The news is not great timing for the 5-0 Cardinals, who are traveling to Cleveland for a significant game. The Browns will be looking to get back on track after a 47-42 loss last week.
Cleveland will be able to sympathize with Kingsbury. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski had to miss a playoff game last season for the same reason, and he did not like it one bit.
The Arizona Cardinals attempted what would have been the longest field goal in football history on Sunday, and the end result was a touchdown for the other team.
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury for some reason had kicker Matt Prater attempt a 68-yard field goal with seconds left in first half. The kick came up short, as expected. The Jacksonville Jaguars had their kick returner, Jamal Agnew, waiting in the back of the end zone in anticipation of the kick not reaching the goal posts. That’s exactly what happened.
Agnew then broke a tackle and got a couple of great blocks en route to the end zone.
What was Kingsbury thinking? There was no way Prater was going to make that kick, leaving two possible outcomes — a missed field goal before the half or a free touchdown for the Jags. That was just an abysmal decision from the Cardinals coach.
Urban Meyer probably didn’t expect sympathy as he transitioned from the college game to the NFL. He’s definitely not getting it from Kliff Kingsbury.
According to Broncos coach Vic Fangio, Meyer recently compared coaching in the NFL to facing Alabama every week. Kingsbury also came from the college ranks, coaching at Texas Tech before making the jump to the Arizona Cardinals. If anything, he seems to think Meyer undersold it.
Meyer coached at traditional powerhouses like Florida and Ohio State in college. Kingsbury didn’t, so he’s not exactly moved by Meyer’s transition.
Kingsbury has a pretty good sense of humor. This is a pretty quality response, though we’re guessing it’s not actually meant to be mean.