In four seasons, you will be hard-pressed to find a quote from Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury calling out a player or criticizing him publicly. This is in stark contrast to Bruce Arians, who was head coach from 2013-2017, who often had public criticism of players.
This is a great trait in many ways, as it endears players to him.
However, usually coaches like this also will say what needs to be said behind closed doors.
Kingsbury’s approach with players in front of the team is apparently the same as his public persona.
That might be part of the Cardinals’ on-field issues.
According to an ESPN report from Jeremy Fowler and Josh Weinfuss, Kingsbury avoids confrontation with players and chooses to refer to mistakes generally, according to a former player.
“It’s a very comfortable work environment, but he won’t rip anybody, and if the head coach won’t do it, it’s hard for the offensive guard to do it,” the player said. “I think that’s some of what’s gone on with the QB.” A team source added that Kingsbury’s personality doesn’t lend to calling players out.
The Cardinals have been one of the most-penalized teams over the last two seasons. While players should hold themselves and each other accountable, if the coach isn’t going to call players out, it is hard for teammates to do it.
It is one of many, many things that apparently ail the Cardinals.
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