Spencer Whipple may call plays again for Cardinals on Sunday

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(Photo by Rob Schumacher/The Republic via Imagn Content Services) /

Arizona Cardinals offensive assistant Spencer Whipple may be filling in for head coach Kliff Kingsbury once again on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

When the Arizona Cardinals faced the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, offensive assistant Spencer Whipple was handed an awesome opportunity. Now, one week later, it appears that the young guru will be getting yet another chance to showcase his coaching abilities on the Cardinals sideline.

Whipple was praised throughout the NFL following his performance as Arizona‘s offensive play-caller last weekend versus the Browns. Kliff Kingsbury was forced to hand over the reins to his protege after the head coach tested positive for COVID-19. It now seems as if the Cards will once again be without Kingsbury when they take on the Houston Texans at home during their week-seven matchup.

The Redbirds scoring attack didn’t miss a beat in week six with Whipple running the show. Quarterback Kyler Murray tossed four touchdown passes, two of which were hauled in by superstar wideout DeAndre Hopkins. The Cardinals running game was effective as well, knocking back Cleveland’s vaunted defensive line for an impressive 144 yards on the ground.

Spencer Whipple joined the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff back in 2019

Whipple joined Kingsbury’s coaching staff as an offensive quality control coach back in 2019. A year later, the Pennsylvania native was promoted to Assistant wide receivers coach. Whipple was understandably amped up during Arizona’s road win over the Browns and found it a bit difficult to come down from the euphoria when the contest was over.

"“It took me awhile after the game to be at ease, to kind of shut it down. I kept reaching for the communicator even when we were in Victory (formation), looking to ease the tension and get in the locker room and relax.”"

The 32-year old Whipple, who was a quarterback and a holder in college, began his coaching career at the University of Pittsburgh back in 2012. In 2014, he was hired to coach tight ends at the University of Massachusetts. Whipple became the school’s wide receivers coach in 2015 and tutored current Cards pass-catcher Andy Isabella for three seasons.

In 2018, Whipple was promoted to passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Minutemen. Coaching positions that obviously helped him prepare for what he accomplished for the Cardinals last Sunday.

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There’s been no word yet on whether Kingsbury will be back on the sideline when Arizona takes on the Texans this weekend. If he doesn’t make it back, Cards fans can feel comfortable in the fact that the up-and-coming Whipple is more than a capable substitute.