When the Arizona Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury in 2019, it was considered a risky move due to his shortcomings at the collegiate level. While there have been several highlights from the past two years, the reality is Kingsbury has not yet taken the franchise to the playoffs.
On Wednesday afternoon, Kingsbury addressed the idea of him being under pressure to make the playoffs in his third season with the Cardinals.
Kingsbury revealed that he’s no longer fazed by outside nose ever since he was fired by Texas Tech, his alma mater.
“I think going through being the head coach at your alma mater and getting fired, it’s kind of walking through fire in this profession,” Kingsbury said, via ESPN. “So, after going through that, not too much really fazes you.”
Although he may not be entertaining all the talk about him facing added pressure this season, Kingsbury admit the NFL is a tough business.
“Every year in the NFL there’s pressure,” Kingsbury continued. “So, I just kind of take it week by week and try to do the best that we can. But it’s a team that was put together to win now, there’s no doubt, and there’s a lot of guys in that locker room that are getting up in age, can still play at a high level, but they have a sense of urgency to try and have a successful season.”
The Cardinals showed a lot of promise during the 2020 season, but they struggled down the stretch and finished with an 8-8 record.
With a few more veterans on the roster for the 2021 season, Arizona might have the right pieces to make a playoff run.
The Cardinals will start this season on the road this Sunday against the Titans. Kickoff for that game is at 1 p.m. ET from Nissan Stadium.
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