Will the Arizona Cardinals avoid collapse in 2022?
Kliff Kingsbury is perhaps among the best coaches in all levels of football during the first half of the season. Problem is, he is one of the worst at all levels during the second half. It was a trend that started in 2013 when he first took over at Texas Tech and it has remained so since he took the reins in the desert in 2019.
In 2020, the Cardinals were 6-3 and led the NFC West before they finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Last season, they started off 7-0 and even sat at 10-2 before stumbling to an 11-7 finish (including playoffs).
What needs to be done to keep this from happening in 2022? For one, the Cardinals, specifically Kyler Murray, need to stay healthy. The upside here is that, barring an unforeseen incident, receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be one of the healthiest if not the healthiest players on the field come Week 7.
Last season, seemingly every major contributor found themselves banged up, and that can’t happen in 2022. If the Cardinals stay healthy, they can break this infamous habit they have of seemingly always tanking after the midway point of the season.