Why Mike Kafka should be the Arizona Cardinals next coach
In the previous article, I talked about why Lou Anarumo should be the Arizona Cardinals guy. Now, let’s talk about Mike Kafka.
With Brian Flores bowing out of the sweepstakes to land the Arizona Cardinals next head coaching gig, all eyes turn to just two prime candidates: Lou Anarumo and Mike Kafka. Earlier, I talked about why the Cardinals should hire Anarumo, but that doesn’t mean I forgot about Kafka.
One reason I’m such a big fan of Mike Kafka is that he has a track record of success in coaching quarterbacks. He helped oversee Patrick Mahomes’ growth early in the future Hall of Famer’s career. When he joined Brian Daboll in New York, Kafka also helped turn Daniel Jones into a winner.
Since Kyler Murray’s development will be a huge objective for the next head coach to handle, Kafka could be in a better position than Anarumo. Thanks to his success with quarterbacks since 2018, Kafka could immediately forge a positive relationship with the hard to handle Murray, and that could send the quarterback’s career pointing north again, faster than we all think.
Arizona Cardinals as a whole would benefit big from Mike Kafka
Kafka has also regularly part of winning organizations during his time as an NFL coach. He has a Super Bowl ring from his days with the Chiefs. And thanks to the fast turnaround in New York, Kafka showed us his success wasn’t limited to coaching under Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy.
He also knows what sustained success and franchise stability looks like, and that’s something foreign to the Arizona Cardinals over at least the past half-decade. Thanks to his time in Kansas City, Kafka probably has the appropriate connections to build a sound roster of assistants, the first major step in overhauling the floundering Cardinals.
As mentioned, this article doesn’t mean I like Kafka any better than Anarumo, as I also made a sound case for the Cardinals to hire the latter. But as this piece points out, it’s easy to see that Kafka, like Anarumo, has his own set of unique strengths.
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