The Cardinals franchise has existed for over 100 years. From its inception in Chicago to St. Louis to Arizona, the Cardinals have never had a head coach last longer than six seasons. Kliff Kingsbury is entering his third season at the helm in 2021. Is he already in the hot seat?
The Arizona Cardinals have not made the playoffs since 2015. The Cardinals went 5-10-1 in Kingsbury's first season in 2019. Last season, the Cardinals improved and finished the year 8-8 in Kingsbury's second season. Expectations are rising due to the emergence of quarterback Kyler Murray as one of the league's best quarterbacks and recent roster improvements.
With Murray entering the final year of his rookie deal, the Cardinals will have to give him a major payday in the next year or so. This will end up affecting the rest of the roster. If they miss the playoffs for a third straight year while Murray is inexpensive, there's a decent chance Kingsbury will be gone.
The Cardinals have a talented team, and the roster has improved greatly year by year. Before the 2020-21 season, the Cardinals made a big splash acquiring WR DeAndre Hopkins from Houston. After that move, the Cardinals showed they're all-in on winning. This offseason includes DE J.J. Watt, WR A.J. Green, RB James Conner, and more.
The problem is, the Cardinals play in arguably the toughest division in the NFL. The NFC West is loaded with great teams, including the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals will have to play each of these teams twice a year. Although the Cardinals have a talented team, will it be enough to finish at least top two in the division? The oddsmakers are currently saying no.
The Cardinals have never had a coach last more than six seasons, so they are known for moving on from coaches quickly. Ultimately, Murray could have a big say since he is the franchise cornerstone. If Kingsbury can't take this team loaded with weapons to the playoffs in his third season, the organization may decide to find someone else to get the best out of Kyler Murray.