Much-maligned Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury got a ringing endorsement from his best receiver, DeAndre Hopkins.
I’ve heard a few fans of the Arizona Cardinals claim players like Kyler Murray should have a say in who should be the next coach should Kliff Kingsbury get fired. If that doesn’t sound absurd enough, then perhaps DeAndre Hopkins’ latest statements should show such fans why players should have absolutely no say in who becomes the next head coach.
Clearly, if Hopkins had it his way, Kingsbury would remain on the sidelines not just as a head coach, but as a play-caller. Hopkins has benefited from Kingsbury’s play-calling, no doubt, since he is and always has been the go-to target when on the field. Here is what Hopkins said:
"“I’ve played a lot of ball, so there are a lot of things that I see. But at the same time, Kliff does a great job of calling plays and putting us in position. It’s just on us to execute.” – via Arizona Sports."
Hopkins is half-right, and I’ve often been equally as critical of quarterback Kyler Murray for failing to execute, often stating that Kliff isn’t the one throwing the football. And to be honest, that’s probably a good thing since his NFL career was down there with Ryan Lindley’s.
Overall, Kliff’s play-calling has been horrendous this season, both with and without Hopkins. So that leads me to ask this question: Did Hopkins bother to tune in for a single game during his six weeks off?
Hopkins must not have watched the Arizona Cardinals during suspension
Had Hopkins bothered to watch a few games, he may have witnessed a sputtering offensive attack that involved pedestrian numbers throughout, mental errors that resulted in costly penalties, and the overall inability to move the football.
It’s clear Hopkins is on the wrong side of this debate, as many in the Arizona Cardinals faithful would, despite his contract extension, love to see Kliff receive his walking papers at the end of the season, if not beforehand. Even without Hopkins, the Cardinals had a talented roster, but they failed to capitalize with it, going 2-4 in that span and never scoring over 26 (offensive) points per game.
As it is, the team has yet to crack the 30-point mark offensively even with Hopkins. For a coach that was supposedly an offensive guru, the Cardinals rank a pedestrian 15th in the scoring category.
Article Source: Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins ‘loves’ Kliff Kingsbury’s play-calling by Jake Anderson
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