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One Year Ago, Kliff Kingsbury Arrived

There are a flood of coaching hires going on in the NFL right now. The Cardinals, fortunately, aren't one of the teams in the process. In fact, it was one year ago today that Kliff Kingsbury was hired.

(A quick aside on that -- of the 13 teams the Cardinals will play next season, four will have new head coaches: Washington and Ron Rivera, Dallas and Mike McCarthy, Carolina and Matt Rhule, and the New York Giants and Joe Judge.)

A year ago, there were so many questions about Kingsbury -- how a college coach who had no NFL coaching experience of any kind would do it in the NFL, how his offense would make it, what coaches he would bring on staff, even why the Cardinals would consider him. Certainly, the evaluation of Kingsbury isn't over after one season and a 5-10-1 record. But, with quarterback Kyler Murray as his centerpiece, Kingsbury definitely has made strides forward, especially on offense. You can see how his vision means something on that side of the ball, and you can appreciate his ability to listen to other voices and incorporate that into his thinking.

Much has changed in the year -- at that point, Josh Rosen was still the quarterback, for instance, and Kyler Murray was still an Oakland Athletic -- but change is always going to happen with a new coach. Again, Kingsbury will remain under the microscope (like every single other NFL head coach, really.) The Cardinals will be expected to make another siginficant step forward in 2020. But a year into the Kingsbury era, it feels like the Cardinals made the right call.

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