GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t seem like his typical playcalling self throughout Sunday’s 31-5 win over the Houston Texans after being far from his group for 8 days since of a favorable COVID-19 medical diagnosis.
Kingsbury stated he felt “great” physically however was a “little disconnected.”
“I didn’t feel as into the game as I usually am just showing up on game day,” Kingsbury stated. “But the players were awesome. Great energy and made me feel very welcome to be back.”
Arizona didn’t rating in the very first quarter versus the Texans, the very first time this season that the unbeaten Cardinals had not scored in the very first 15 minutes. The offense rebounded to score 4 goals and a basket in the last 45 minutes.
But not going through a whole week of play style and video game preparation in the workplace and on the field with the gamers was irritating for Kingsbury, who stated that, as the play designer and playcaller, not having the ability to workshop the plays throughout practice was an extreme distinction.
“You want to get your hands on it,” Kingsbury stated.
That all caused him feeling out of sorts on Sunday.
“It just felt funky,” Kingsbury stated. “Usually, I’ve called those plays over and over throughout the week. [Quarterback Kyler Murray] and I have had that dialogue. That was the first time we’d even gone over them was out there. So, it just didn’t feel like the same type of rhythm, same type of comfort level. I just felt more on edge than I normally do after six days of preparation.”
Being far from the group for that long led Kingsbury to miss out on a couple of things, like the trade to get tight end Zach Ertz. The 2 satisfied for the very first time throughout warmups Sunday.
Kingsbury discovered around 6:30 a.m. Sunday that he was cleared to coach versus Houston. After screening favorable on Oct. 15, Kingsbury required 2 unfavorable tests 24 hr apart to be cleared to return. Kingsbury, who’s immunized, was evaluated every day considering that his preliminary favorable outcome. He was asymptomatic throughout the week, a source informed ESPN.
Kingsbury invested the week preparing the strategy for Sunday, at that point still not sure if he’d be on the sideline, while working ahead. He didn’t view the Cardinals’ win over the Browns last weekend on television, deciding to follow it on his phone while he prepped for the Texans. This previous week, he hung around getting ready for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
“I just felt like I needed to be doing something to help the team,” Kingsbury stated. “I couldn’t just sit there like a fan.”
When asked what went through his head when he discovered he evaluated favorable, Kingsbury stated he didn’t wish to enter into that. “But,” he included, “it was a lot of curse words.”
Kingsbury had his very first unfavorable test on Saturday, which offered him an excellent sensation about being cleared Sunday.
“It was down to the wire,” Kingsbury stated. “It’s a long week just sitting at home when you know those guys are working. I prefer the other scenario where you can coach all week and then hand them the game plan and call it than this because this way, you don’t get to see, you don’t get to correct it. You have a vision, but it’s hard not being there all week.”
As quickly as he was cleared, he started getting his game-day strategy in order, that included the play script and preparing psychologically.
“This was the most disconnect that I felt to a game ever,” Kingsbury stated, “just because I just showed up, ‘Here’s the plan, and let’s go.'”
However, Murray didn’t feel a detach with Kingsbury.
“Our job is to go out there and execute what’s called. I’m sure it probably did because if you miss a week — it’s not like he was in the building around the players and all that type of stuff — it was like missing a week of practice and being at home, it’s a little different,” Murray stated. “I’m sure he felt a little off, but we put up 31 today, defense played great, it was a great team win. So, for him to feel awkward and we still put up 31 is a good job by us, and we have to keep it going because the Packers are coming and that’s a great team.”