Could Arizona Cardinals fire Kliff Kingsbury? NFL writers speculate about coach's future

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The Arizona Cardinals did not look good in a 34-11 NFL playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday.

They didn't even look respectable.

The team's embarrassing performance has some NFL writers speculating about head coach Kliff Kingsbury's job status with the team.

The Cardinals lost five of their last six games this season.

Could Arizona fire Kingsbury, who is now 24-24-1 in the three regular seasons with the Cardinals, and 0-1 in the playoffs?

Here's what some NFL writers are saying about Kingsbury's future in Arizona:

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Mike Florio writes: Cardinals coach Kliff Kingbury entered the 2021 season on an obvious hot seat. Despite a 10-2 start, he could be ending it the same way. With a 1-4 slide to end the regular season and a blowout loss to the Rams in the wild-card round, will the Cardinals make a coaching change? It’s a fair question to ask, given the way the campaign ended for Arizona. Making the question more fair is the fact that the Cardinals have a long history of changing coaches. Despite the fact that the franchise has existed for more than 100 years, no head coach has ever lasted more than six seasons."

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Gary Davenport writes: "Kingsbury's job is literally to prepare his team for the upcoming game. It's why he gets the big bucks and lives in that palace we saw in the 2020 draft. Admitting that his team wasn't ready is admitting he didn't do his job. It's not outside the realm of reason that those divorce papers could be served soon. After opening the season on the proverbial hot seat, the slide that ended with Monday's humiliation by a division rival may have landed Kingsbury right back on the griddle. But even if he survives another season, 2022 isn't going to start with talk of the "next step" for Kingsbury and Murray. There will be much less said and written about the Super Bowl and Arizona's hot start to 2021 than about five losses in six games to end the season, culminating in getting laughed out of SoFi Stadium."

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Frank Schwab writes: "Head coach Kliff Kingsbury did not have his team prepared to play. They were down 21-0 at halftime, 28-0 a few minutes into the second half and the offseason was starting a little too early.  …  Losing DeAndre Hopkins hurt the Cardinals' offense tremendously. The defense showed cracks after a good start to the season. Kingsbury never seemed to make the right adjustments after the Cardinals' slump began. It just kept getting worse, until it culminated with a one-sided loss Monday night."

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Zach Koons writes: "Kingsbury has already started to garner criticism in recent weeks as the Cardinals faded from the top team in the NFC to the No. 5 seed. In the middle of Monday night’s game, much of the NFL world wondered if the third-year head coach was on his way to a first-round exit and perhaps the hot seat."

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Some NFL writers are wondering if the Arizona Cardinals will fire Kliff Kingsbury after the team's performance against the Los Angeles Rams.

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The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman gave the Cardinals coaching staff an "F" for their performance against the Rams.

He wrote: "Kingsbury had no answers to wake up an obviously slow and groggy offense that couldn’t do anything in the first half. The Cardinals had just 40 yards through the first two quarters. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph watched his secondary get torched far too often and he couldn’t orchestrate a pass rush that could get any results. Would it have been nice to see Kingsbury burn his three timeouts and try to make something happen at the end of the first half with less than a minute to play instead of just running the ball and letting the clock wind down? Yes. At that point, even a field goal might have felt like a much-needed booster shot. Just a sad performance all around."

Several media members also speculated about Kingsbury's future in the aftermath of the loss.

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