During his first offseason coaching in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury spent mini-camps and OTAs cherishing any time on the field and in the office to learn and adapt.
A year later, in a comfort zone and with so many key players returning, he’s apparently gotten enough accomplished to wrap the coronavirus-caused virtual offseason period for most of his team.
Kingsbury told veterans their virtual offseason ended on Friday even though the NFL extended the remote offseason through most of June, reports NFL Networks’ Ian Rapoport. Cardinals tackle D.J. Humphries confirmed Monday to reporters that veterans were done with remote meetings.
Though there would be no in-person work allowed as NFL teams remain cautious about returning amid the pandemic, the league is allowing teams to hold virtual meetings through June 26, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported last week.
It appears that the Cardinals will continue to use that time to keep rookies on a learning curve as close to the start of camp — whenever that is — as possible.
Kingsbury feels the veterans won’t get much more from continued team meetings via video calls.
On June 8, the head coach said on a Zoom call with reporters that the virtual meetings had covered about as much as he thought they could.
“I think we’re running out of ideas without taking it to the field and actually executing it,” Kingsbury said. “You can only cover so many things without actually practicing it and I think we’ve about reached that point.”