3 reasons why it’s Super Bowl or bust for the Cardinals in 2022

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Kingsbury’s seat will boil

Kliff Kingsbury’s lucky he’s getting another chance to redeem himself. He’s just 6-11 in December/January (6-12 if you count the playoffs). Want more fun? Kingsbury’s offense has been so bad in that same timeframe they scored 30 or more points on just four outings.

The only redemption for Kingsbury is that he’s improved the Cardinals in each season. In 2019, he finished 5-10-1, and in 2020, he broke even at 8-8. Sure, he took another step forward in 2021 with an 11-6 record plus a playoff appearance.

But it still doesn’t excuse Kingsbury’s inexcusable collapses late in the season. Is the latest one because injuries hit the team hard in 2021? It’s a fair question.

Or is it because Kyler Murray never appears to be the same player after he returns from or tries to play through an injury? And if the latter is the case, it’s on Kingsbury to figure out how to better protect his quarterback.