Arizona Cardinals coaching trio can make the passing game formidable
Kliff Kingsbury, Cam Turner, and Spencer Whipple can make the Arizona Cardinals passing attack one of the NFL’s best in 2022
Roughly a month from now, the Arizona Cardinals will embark on what could be an extremely interesting 2022 campaign.
Throughout the offseason, Cards general manager Steve Keim’s primary focus has been on the offensive side of the ball. Talented reinforcements were added to what was already a very impressive “Air Raid” attack.
At the controls of the high-flying offense is none other than Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona’s head coach and playcaller. Last fall, the 42-year-old guru presided over a group that finished 10th overall in the National Football League. Kingsbury did have some help, however.
Back in May, the Cardinals decided that two passing-game coordinators would be better than one. Cam Turner had already been performing the job, but the club felt that up-and-coming assistant Spencer Whipple should hold the same title.
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Cards quarterback Kyler Murray has not one, not two, but three voices in his ear these days. Kingsbury is the main teacher, with Turner and Whipple giving input to the star signal-caller whenever it’s needed.
Anyone who tunes into the Cardinals games each and every week should be well-acquainted with Turner, who also doubles as the team’s quarterbacks coach. When the team’s offensive unit isn’t on the field, the 35-year-old can be seen sitting right next to Murray, going over what may or may not work on the next possession.
It’s a bit reminiscent of the Bruce Arians days when veteran assistant Tom Moore could be seen doing the exact same thing with Carson Palmer.
The 33-year-old Whipple made quite a splash last season when he took over Arizona’s playcalling duties for a week. After a positive COVID-19 test forced Kingsbury to stay away from the squad, Whipple’s spot-on offensive plan led to a 37-14 blowout of the Cleveland Browns.
Kingsbury and his passing attack helpers will have plenty to work with over the next several months. Murray’s pass-receiving targets will include DeAndre Hopkins, Zach Ertz, Marquise Brown, A.J. Green, James Conner, Rondale Moore, Darrell Williams, and rookie Trey McBride.
Many observers believe that the Cards will have to score a ton of points to achieve double-digit victories in ’22. However, with Kingsbury, Turner, and Whipple designing the passing attack, lighting up the scoreboard should not be a problem.