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If the Cardinals had beaten the Lions, Arizona would be NFC West champs right now. Let me repeat that…IF THE CARDS HAD BEATEN THE 1-11-1 LIONS, THEY WOULD BE NFC WEST CHAMPS!
If the Cards had beaten the Panthers (albeit they would’ve had to do so without Kyler Murray), they’d be NFC West Champs right now.
If the Cards had beaten the Seahawks, they’d be NFC West Champs right now.
What do all of these games have in common? These were all second-half contests against lowly teams who have next to nothing to play for that saw the Cardinals soundly defeated by three possessions in each. That’s the kind of stuff that costs head coaches their jobs.
When the Rams defeated the Cardinals in Week 14, the Cardinals still held a lead in the division. With four games left, the combined records of the Cards’ last four opponents was 31-36-1. The Rams’ opponents combined for a record of 33-35. The Cardinals went 1-3. The Rams went 3-1. Ironically, the Cardinals’ only win in that stretch was against the Dallas Cowboys, the only playoff team they faced in the final stretch.
And now, just because it’s the team’s first playoff appearance since 2015, fans are supposed to be thankful to Kliff Kingsbury for making it happen?
I ain’t buying it.
Kingsbury’s lackluster gameplans and ill-preparedness in the final month of the regular season cost the Cardinals a division title, and fans have every right to be upset about it.
Ever since Kingsbury became the head coach at Texas Tech, he has floundered at the end of seasons. In 2013, after starting the year 7-0, Kingsbury’s Red Raiders lost five in a row before beating No. 16 Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.
In 2014, they lost four of their last five after starting 3-4.
In 2015, they lost four of their last six after starting 5-2.
In 2016, they lost six of their last eight after starting 3-1.
In 2017, the lost six of their last eight after starting 4-1.
In 2018, they lost five straight after starting 5-2.
In 2019, after becoming the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Kingsbury lost seven of his last nine after…