Kenyan Drake called him a “mad genius.” Patrick Peterson termed him a “mad scientist.” Whatever noun they choose to use, it’s clear Arizona Cardinals players view coach Kliff Kingsbury as a frenzied offensive mind — in the most complimentary way possible.
With the NFL world on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kingsbury enjoyed even more free time to delve deep to find new plays and concoct elaborate schemes for the 2020 season.
“Yeah, it’s definitely allowed me to dive into a lot of the college game a little more,” Kingsbury said, via the Arizona Republic. “I’ve always tried to study some of those top offenses, guys that I’ve had a ton of respect for and liked the way that they operated, but it’s really allowed me to watch a lot more of that. There’s a lot of great minds at that level, so it’s definitely a deeper dive into offensive football this offseason, no question, with all the downtime.”
With the addition of DeAndre Hopkins to a receivers corps with Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, the retention of running back Kenyan Drake, and a potential Year 2 leap from quarterback Kyler Murray, Kingsbury has a plethora of weaponry to tinker with.
“That’s what makes him dangerous,” Peterson said. “It’s not like one thing, like, ‘Hey, that’s what the Arizona Cardinals do well.’ Especially having Mighty Mouse at quarterback. There’s so many things that you have to defend. So,