TAMPA, Fla. – The teaching types of Bruce Arians and Kliff Kingsbury mesh about in addition to oil and water.
“B.A. is a lot more gruff, old-school, mother-(expletive)-you type coaching,” defensive sort out Corey Peters mentioned. “Kliff is a lot more laidback, positive, younger style, more energy.”
Their time in Arizona has additionally been vastly completely different.
Arians – now the coach of the Cardinals’ Week 10 foe, Tampa Bay – is the winningest coach in franchise historical past with a 49-30-1 mark over 5 years, whereas Kingsbury is barely 9 video games into his tenure.
Regardless of the variances in expertise and temperament, there are causes to imagine Kingsbury is on his strategy to mirroring Arians’ success with the Cardinals.
Arians proved his mettle early by taking a Cardinals crew that went 5-11 in 2012 and turning it right into a 10-win crew in his debut marketing campaign. Kingsbury has the Cardinals at 3-5-1 one 12 months after a 3-13 season, and the offense has made huge strides in a short while.
The Xs and Os are key for each, as Arians relied on his aggressive type to rework each side of the ball in Arizona, whereas Kingsbury has discovered success together with his Air Raid rules. However Peters sees one thing extra crucial.
“The most important thing with coaches is to be authentic, and with those two guys, Bruce Arians and Kliff, they really have that,” Peters mentioned. “Guys in this locker room can see through any bull (expletive). It’s not going to play over well if you’re trying to be something that you’re not.”
Kingsbury and Arians will match wits on Sunday, and there could possibly be a bevy of factors from the offensive architects. The Buccaneers are permitting 31.5 factors per recreation and the Cardinals are giving up 27.9.
Tampa Bay is barely permitting 3.four yards per carry – second within the NFL – however the Bucs’ go protection has been a difficulty, and Kingsbury hopes rookie quarterback Kyler Murray and the offense can continue its impressive recent stretch following an inconsistent first month.
“We all kind of adjusted how we were approaching it, what we needed to do, and how we could maximize who we were,” Kingsbury mentioned. “The biggest thing that I’ve seen (Murray) make strides in is ball security, eliminating negative plays and just overall how he carries himself in the building, the preparation and the leadership qualities. It’s a work in progress and will be, but he has stepped up in all those areas.”