On Wednesday morning, the Arizona Cardinals chose to extend Kliff Kingsbury and Steve Keim. Why have they chosen this commitment to insanity?
It’s the same old song and dance for the Arizona Cardinals and their fans. Just when Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill had a chance to stand up for his franchise and make changes that would put them in a better position to win their first championship since 1947, he didn’t.
Instead, he extended the contracts of Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim, which was a massive mistake.
During his time with the Cardinals, Keim has struggled to get any of his first-round draft selections right and pan out, and that’s with nearly 10 seasons at the helm.
On the other hand, Kingsbury has had his Arizona perform like a firecracker during the early portion of each of the last two seasons. However, Kingsbury’s teams, going back to Texas Tech, have burned bright to start, but they then fade out fast and smolder until the very end.
These recent extensions are a commitment to insanity. This Cardinals head coach and general manager combination has not yielded results together. Just because Arizona has made a wild card appearance during the last three seasons does not give them any saving grace when the quality of which they played was an abomination.
What do these extensions mean for the future of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray?
With Keim and Kingsbury sticking around for another five years, Kyler Murray‘s time in Arizona could be limited. Keim drafted Murray with vigor and vindication in 2019, but he could very well draft another young quarterback in the near future as a replacement for Murray.
Murray’s agent recently released an awkward statement that continued to air out the beef Murray has with the organization. With these extensions, it’s almost a “direct-indirect” shot to Murray’s camp.
Kingsbury even admitted recently that he hasn’t talked to Murray since this statement was released, which is an indictment on his ability to keep things under control when they’re going haywire.
Bidwill has his work cut out for his two leaders underneath him. The NFL is a results-driven league, and when a team consistently falters down the stretch for three years in a row, that’s not success. The improvement from a three-win to an 11-win team doesn’t mean anything here.
The Cardinals should have taken the opportunity this offseason to clean house when it came to Murray, Kingsbury, and Keim. This combination is not working, as Murray’s statements (whoever they come from) are becoming more and more apparent that he’s frustrated and wants out.
Arizona should have committed to a new start and blown it all up, as Kingsbury will probably never beat his “big brother” in Sean McVay in terms of coaching prestige.