The Arizona Cardinals are in a state of disarray. Win or lose on Thursday Night, Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury will have to answer for this heated exchange.
Kyler Murray and the Cardinals were up two touchdowns at halftime, but that doesn’t mean the offense was flawless. Rather, it was two defensive scores that gave Arizona the edge over the struggling New Orleans Saints and Andy Dalton.
Kliff Kingsbury is very much on the hot seat, so tensions are high in Glendale. Kingsbury’s job status changes by the week, and a loss in primetime to a team will not help matters.
Murray knows this. Kingsbury knows this. The entire team knows this.
That’s why an exchange involving expletives between the head coach and his face of the franchise was so surprising. Everyone is watching, guys.
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Murray and Kingsbury gave way to the trolls, as was expected on what’s been shockingly the most interesting Thursday Night Football game in weeks.
Surely, this was overblown to some extent. Both Kingsbury and Murray are competitors. They both want to win, and when the play on the field doesn’t reflect their work during the week in practice, there’s bound to be some tension.
This took place with the team trailing 14-6. The Saints were in much better shape, as they tied things up on a touchdown run by Keontay Ingram and a successfully made two-point conversion. But then, the team got two more touchdowns in the form of pick-sixes thrown by Saints quarterback Andy Dalton to enter halftime with a 28-14 lead.
Disagreements happen on an NFL sideline, and it just so happens to have been between quarterback and head coach on a national spotlight.