Arizona Cardinals fire Sean Kugler following incident in Mexico City
By Jim Koch
A groping incident that allegedly took place this past Sunday has prompted the Arizona Cardinals to fire assistant Sean Kugler.
The performance of the Arizona Cardinals on the playing field in 2022 has been nothing to write home about. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s squad is off to an ugly 4-7 start, and the team’s playoff hopes are growing slimmer by the minute.
If that isn’t bad enough, an alleged groping incident that took place this past Sunday in Mexico City has led to the firing of a Cards assistant. Sean Kugler, the former offensive line coach/running game coordinator, was informed of the decision and sent home on Monday morning. Just hours later, Arizona suffered a humiliating 38-10 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.
Could things get any worse for this bumbling band of Cardinals? Kingsbury couldn’t get into any details, but did have the following to say about Kugler’s dismissal.
"“We relieved him of his duties, and he was sent home Monday morning prior to the game. It’s challenging any time you make a staff change in that type of manner.” – via Arizona Republic"
Sean Kugler’s incident wasn’t the first for an Arizona Cardinals coach in 2022
The incident with Kugler wasn’t the first for a Cards assistant this year. Back in August, running backs coach James Saxon was placed on administrative leave after he was charged with two counts of domestic battery. After some legal haggling, the 56-year old was ultimately handed one year of probation and officially resigned from Kingsbury’s staff last month.
Kugler joined the Cardinals back in 2019, and was one of the squad’s most-respected coaches. The front office wanted to surround Kingsbury with some experienced NFL assistants, and the 56-year old Kugler had certainly been around the block a time or two.
Besides his stint with Arizona, Kugler has also spent time in the pros with the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos. The New York native was also the head coach at the University of Texas at El Paso from 2013-17.
Want your voice heard? Join the Raising Zona team!