Kingsbury is getting better, still room for improvement
Since being named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Kliff Kingsbury has shown significant improvement. It seems like he finally has the personnel he wants to run his offensive schemes, and through the first two weeks, his offense has been on fire, scoring over 34 points in both games.
Kingsbury deserved a good deal of credit for his late-game management in his Week 1 win over Tennessee. However, he reverted to some old habits in Week 2 that provided some room for pause.
After kicking a field goal with 4:29 left in the fourth, the Cardinals defense stopped the Vikings and got the ball back for Arizona with 2:45 remaining. Kingsbury then called a quarterback option which Murray took and went down inbounds and continued with two passing plays, both of which did not result in a first down.
The best practice in this situation, with a one-point lead late, is to run the ball to get the first downs you need to beat the clock. With a 230 pound, 6-foot-3 running back in James Conner on your roster, there is a good chance this is the strategy that will most often succeed. Instead, Kingsbury went non-conventional in a situation that did not require his unique offensive mind.
Kingsbury is undoubtedly improving, and the Arizona Cardinals came away with a win, but these tendencies are something to look at as the team progresses through the season.