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Report: Kliff Kingsbury Hasn't Been Informed of Decision on Status as Cardinals HC

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 1, 2023

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 25: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals looks on from the sidelines against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at State Farm Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill hasn't come to a decision on the status of head coach Kliff Kingsbury for the 2023 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

The Cardinals are 4-11 with two games to play and missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons under Kingsbury.

Arizona handed Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim, who remains on an indefinite leave of absence for health reasons, extensions through 2027 last March. That makes firing one or both a costly exercise for the organization, though plenty of fans will argue that shouldn't get in the way of making necessary change.

This isn't where the Cardinals expected to be at this point in Kingsbury's tenure. One playoff trip in four years isn't good enough.

Kyler Murray hasn't made a true breakthrough, either, which is what Kingsbury was supposed to help deliver, too.

Prior to suffering a torn ACL in a Week 14 loss to the New England Patriots, Murray had thrown for 2,359 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 10 games. His 235.9 passing yards per game were only fractionally higher than in his rookie year (232.6), and his 87.1 passer rating was almost equal to that season (87.4). The two-time Pro Bowler ranks 19th in QBR (51.5), per ESPN.com.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Josh Weinfuss provided some insight into the Cardinals' internal drama in December. They reported Kingsbury's relationships with Bidwill, Keim and Murray "have soured to varying degrees the past two years."

The report also cited a source who argued "Kingsbury hasn't received the resources he believes are necessary to win."

Say what you will of Keim, but he has at least done a lot to provide Kingsbury offensive support.

Mina Kimes @minakimes

The Cardinals....<br><br>-Drafted Kyler<br>-Traded for DeAndre Hopkins<br>-Traded for Hollywood Brown<br>-Spent their 2nd round picks in 2019, 2020, and 2021 on skill players<br><br>Obviously dealt w/ injuries and suspensions, but the notion that Kliff hasn't received resources... <a href="https://t.co/jen8brYuUF">https://t.co/jen8brYuUF</a> <a href="https://t.co/hZmrfLzXoz">pic.twitter.com/hZmrfLzXoz</a>

That Bidwill hasn't made a determination on Kingsbury could be somewhat surprising if only because the Cardinals don't have anything to play for in the final two weeks. And if they were to beat the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers, then it wouldn't mean all of their problems are solved.

Contrast Bidwill's approach with that of the Denver Broncos, who jettisoned Nathaniel Hackett before he completed his first full season. Denver (4-11) didn't see the need in allowing Hackett to stay on any longer following a 51-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Bidwill's hedging leads one to believe Kingsbury might get at least one more year to right the ship.