There are reports that the coaching staff of the Arizona Cardinals will look a bit different when the team reconvenes in 2021
This past Monday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury held his final press conference of the season. When asked if there would be any changes to the coaching staff, the team’s on-field leader said that he wasn’t sure. Basically, Kingsbury said it was too soon to tell, and that evaluations were still being made.
Now, three days later, reports are surfacing that Kingsbury’s group of assistants will indeed look a bit different in 2021. It appears that two coaches, both from the offensive side of the ball, will not be back with the Cards when offseason activities get underway.
Tom Clements, Arizona’s passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach, will apparently be retiring. The 67-year old, who began his NFL coaching career back in 1997, will be calling it quits after two campaigns in the desert. Clements is a veteran of the league who also had stints with the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers.
Another member of Kingsbury’s staff who won’t be returning is wide receivers coach David Raih. The 40-year old joined the Cardinals in 2019, after spending five seasons as an assistant with Green Bay. Raih originally hooked up with Kingsbury back in 2013, when Arizona’s head coach held the same position at Texas Tech University.
The replacement for Clements will reportedly come from within the Cards organization. Cam Turner, who served as offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach, will be getting the promotion. The 33-year old was hired by the Cardinals back in 2018, as an offensive assistant under former coach Steve Wilks.
There’s been no announcement on who the replacement for Raih will be, but there are two candidates currently on the staff who could be handed the job. Jerry Sullivan, an offensive assistant who’s in his second stint with Arizona, actually coached the squad’s wideouts back in 2001-02. Spencer Whipple, a 31-year who came to the franchise in ’19, was the club’s assistant wide receivers coach this past season.