It took a month but the Arizona Cardinals finally have the entire coaching staff in place for 2019
Better late than never, right? Although after the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury almost a month ago as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, the rest was alright to take their time on.
Some still believe the Cardinals should have taken more time on the head coach search. What’s done is done though.
Included in the rounding out of the staff on Tuesday was running backs coach James Saxon, who comes over from the Pittsburgh Steelers. You know, the Steelers team that has James Connor and soon not to be Le’Veon Bell? A very decent addition to help David Johnson and Chase Edmonds.
A couple of defensive assistants from the Denver Broncos also joined the Cardinals on Tuesday, following new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.. They were on Joseph’s staff in 2018. They are Marcus Robertson, who will coach defensive backs and Greg Williams, who will coach cornerbacks.
There are some carry-overs from the 2018 Cardinals assistant staff. They include strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris and assistant strength and conditioning coach Vernon Stephens. Also assistant special teams coach Randall McCray kept his job alongside special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers who was earlier announced as coming back.
It is quite a collection the Kingsbury has assembled to coach the Cardinals in 2019. Now that the coaching staff is in place, now the player’s side of things can ramp up. Next up is the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in a few weeks.
That will take place right before the start of the new league year and free agency. Those will be in March.
It will be interesting to see what the Cardinals playbook will look like on both sides of the ball. There are definitely some personalities with experiences from all over the league with the assembled coaches under Kingsbury.