Cliff Kingsbury fired as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals after four seasons; The Cardinals missed the NFL playoffs after a 4–13 season and ended the 2022 campaign with seven straight losses; Kingsbury sacked a year after signing a contract extension through 2027.
The Arizona Cardinals have fired head coach Cliff Kingsbury after four seasons in office, the team announced on Monday.
NFL networks Jan Rapoport added that Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is stepping down from his position to focus on his health.
Kingsbury’s sacking marks the second head coach sacking since Sunday’s regular season finale after Lovie Smith was relieved of his duties with the Houston Texans after just one year at the helm.
Kingsbury’s departure comes just a year after he signed a contract extension for the entire 2027 campaign.
His new contract was the reward for five seasons without the franchise in the playoffs, leading the team to 7-0 and 10-2 records at various stages of the campaign.
The Cardinals lost four of their last five games of the regular season before ultimately being defeated by the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round.
Kingsbury compiled a record of 28-37-1 in his four years in office after six seasons in the Texas Tech student program.
His offense ranked 18th in passing, 22nd in offense, 21st in scoring and 22nd in overall offense this season, as well as 30th in the DVOA and 28th in the EPA. / game.
In a tumultuous season, star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was suspended for six games before quarterback Kyler Murray later suffered a season-ending knee injury in December, by which point the campaign was long overdue.