Cardinals fire Kliff Kingsbury despite overtime

The Arizona Cardinals have fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury, sources said ESPN’s Adam Schefter, 10 months after Kingsbury signed a contract extension through the 2027 season.

The move comes a day after the Cardinals lost their season finale 38-13 to the San Francisco 49ers and capped a 4-13 season. Kingsbury finished his Cardinals career with a record of 28-36-1.

Kingsbury was hired in January 2019, just two months after he was fired from Texas Tech to revitalize a fledgling offense and struggling organization.

He had moderate success, leading Arizona to improved winning numbers in his first three seasons — from 5-10-1 in 2019 to 8-8 in 2020 and then in a 2021 season where the cards went 11-6 and the made the playoffs. However, Kingsbury’s tenure with the Cardinals was marred by late-season abandonments, underperforming and four years of undisciplined football.

That culminated in this final season.

Though Kingsbury had to coach a team without DeAndre Hopkins in their first six games, Kyler Murray in their last five games, tight end Zach Ertz in their last seven games, and without four of the Cardinals’ five starting offensive players this season. He was still relieved of his duties when the Cardinals set out to find their third head coach in the last six years. Despite being more than 100 years old, no Cardinals head coach has ever served more than six years in office.

Information from ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss was used in this report.

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