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Sport Where Matthew Stafford thrived, Kliff Kingsbury and Cards crumbled under cloud of mistakes, miscommunication and odd decisions

09:46  14 december  2021
09:46  14 december  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Where Matthew Stafford thrived , Kliff Kingsbury and Cards crumbled under cloud of mistakes , miscommunication and odd decisions . The Los Angeles Rams, and QB Matthew Stafford , defeated the Arizona Cardinals, coached by Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, 30-23. While this was still a December regular season game in December, it might signal plenty about the January playoff ones to come. Stafford did everything to win it.

Kliff Kingsbury should get a 3rd year but for DJ to say that is a slap in the face for those of us who have known nothing but disappointment with this team. Fans should never accept losing and if he doesn't get this team into the post season next year, fire his ass. DHop only wanted to come to AZ because of Kliff Kingsbury and our style of offense. Also Murray of course. Without Kliff I doubt we land Hop.. He may not be the best decision making coach, but he gets along with the players. They like him.

The quarterback who still has something to prove showed that maybe he really is built to win big games.

The head coach who still does too, showed that maybe he's not.

The Los Angeles Rams, and QB Matthew Stafford, defeated the Arizona Cardinals, coached by Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, 30-23. While this was still a December regular season game in December, it might signal plenty about the January playoff ones to come.

Stafford did everything to win it. Kingsbury did enough to not.

Start with Stafford, who is closing in on 50,000 career passing yards, 320 career touchdowns and $250,000,000 in career salary.

There has never been any doubt about his ability to throw a football, a primary reason he was the No. 1 quarterback recruit coming out of high school, the No. 1 overall draft pick coming out of college.

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Under .500 HC Kliff Kingsbury gets fired from Tech and becomes the Arizona Cardinals HC. This is a horrible hire for the Cards . If anything this just speeds up the process of covering up for Helton's ineptitude. Kliff seems like more of a Scottsdale person to me than LA, so this move makes sense.

A few years ago, Kliff Kingsbury was the golden boy of college football. Young, handsome, and the epitome of the trend towards uptempo offensive attacks. Bane may have been born into the darkness, but Kingsbury was born and bred into seeing the light of the Air Raid. A successful QB in that system at Texas Tech under Mike Leach, he ultimately returned to the college ranks after a brief stint in the pros. But to the Cards ' credit, they admitted their mistake and called a mulligan. Now, more than ever, it was obvious that they needed to hire an offensive-minded head coach.

Winning critical games? That’s a different question. In a dozen seasons in Detroit, Stafford never won a playoff game (0-3 in the wild-card round) or a division crown. Even significant regular season victories are tough to find on his resume.

The Rams went all in on his last offseason though, making a deal that included QB Jared Goff and two first-round draft picks on the belief that Stafford was a winner dragged down by Lions dysfunction.

The Rams are now 9-4, but it wasn’t really until Monday, on the road, with an injury and COVID-depleted roster, that Stafford looked like someone capable of leading L.A. to the Super Bowl.

He threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns, including multiple completions featuring near impossible accuracy. He threw sidearm, downfield and seemingly through needles. He was brilliant.

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Kliff was one of the few coaches who took a chance on Mahomes when in college by scouting him and starting him over Baker Mayfield and even convinced Mahomes to play football over baseball. I said this elsewhere in the thread, but we came back and tied the Lions and were within one score of beating the Ravens, Buccs, Steelers, and Rams. For a team coming off probably the worst offensive season in history with a first year HC and rookie QB and horrible defense, Kliff deserves a lot of praise for the offense he put together.

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“I thought Matthew Stafford was outstanding,” said Rams coach Sean McVay. “I thought he made great decisions, some unbelievable big shots he took advantage of, he was great on third down.”

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford calls out signals during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford calls out signals during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

This was exactly the Stafford the Rams were hoping to see. His connection with Cooper Kupp (13 catches for 123 yards) belies the fact that they are in their first season as teammates. His ability to make huge plays out of busted ones changed the game.


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“I thought we were efficient in the passing game, taking what they gave us and then we took some shots and hit those shots,” said Stafford, who hit Odell Beckham Jr. for 40 yards, Kupp for 44 and Van Jefferson Jr. for 58.

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Look I love Kliff more than the average TTU fan, but I can't understand this move. Sure, Kliff had plenty of bad luck with starting QBs getting injured and having to reshuffle playbooks and personnel etc,. but he also led us to mediocrity a handful of seasons. Cardinal's fans - how do you feel about this? To me, Wilks was not given near enough time to establish culture and implement his long-term strategy. And he's a defensive coach (a very good one), so wouldn't the logical move be to hire Kingsbury as an OC?

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray walk off the field during the NFL preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. He had just made one decision in hiring Kingsbury where he absolutely could not afford to be wrong. He was considering compounding that risk with a second unthinkable decision — jettisoning the previous year’s 10th-overall pick for a quarterback who had a budding career on the table in MLB and whose overall size flew in the face of the box-checking nature of NFL personnel evaluation.

Then there were the little things, the winning things. Maybe none was bigger than chasing down his own fumble after being strip sacked. Just about everyone else on the field thought it was just an incomplete pass. It wasn’t. The ball was live. Stafford recovered and two snaps later threw a touchdown that pushed the lead to 27-13.

“I was screaming as I was running [for it],” Stafford said. “I [thought] it was an incomplete pass but I didn’t want to leave it to chance.”

Those were the moments that Arizona lacked. It doesn’t all fall on the coach, but while Kingsbury has done excellent work to get the Cardinals to 10-3, no one has any idea if the third year coach is built for the playoffs, where every decision gets magnified.

Among the questionable ones was a fourth-and-1 from the Rams' 37-yard line with 5:24 remaining in the game and Arizona trailing by 10. Kick the field goal – Matt Prater was bombing them in – and it's a one score game with plenty of time left. The Cardinals were always going to need a field goal.

Instead they went for it, got stuffed and handed L.A. a huge advantage. Even though the Rams were forced to punt, they still had a two-score lead.

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“I like the call, it just didn’t work out," Kingsbury said. "You’ve got to give them credit. I’d go for it 100 times out of 100.”

When the Cardinals got the ball back with 2:44 remaining, they ran an 11-play drive until fourth down forced them to attempt a 49-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining. Prater hit it, cutting the lead to 30-23, but there was almost no time left. They had numerous options to kick sooner and preserve the clock.

Instead, after the Cards recovered the onside kick, they were forced into a hurried, sloppy drive that featured two offensive penalties and some final-play confusion on whether Kyler Murray was supposed to spike it or attempt a Hail Mary. Instead, with an offensive line not blocking, Aaron Donald ended the game with a sack.

“It was miscommunication between me and the o-line,” Murray said. “They thought it was going to be ‘spike.’ But that’s heat of the moment stuff. I don’t even recall what was being said in the helmet.”

That’s the kind of stuff that needs to be sewn up. It was just part of the problem.

“A lot of penalties, the two turnovers, conversions on fourth down,” Murray said. “If we do a lot of things differently, it would have ended differently.”

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury shouts instructions to his players, including Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1), as they warm up prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury shouts instructions to his players, including Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1), as they warm up prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Except they didn’t. So it didn’t. Arizona is still first in the NFC West, although it has given up on the No. 1 seed. Kingsbury could only shrug. Considering his team is just 3-3 at home and 7-0 on the road this season, however, he joked that maybe they’re better off as a lower seed.

Kingsbury has just one year on his contract remaining and his name got floated (probably not coincidentally) for an open job at the University of Oklahoma, even though the Sooners never considered him.

This has been a breakthrough season and Arizona would be wise to keep him around. But the spotlight of January is coming, and any backfiring decision can end a season and wreck a reputation.

It’s the big games, the playoff games, after all, where respect is truly handed out.

Just ask Matthew Stafford. He’s still looking for his.

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