TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have fired coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim after a dismal season in which they made headlines for unsavory reasons.
The team racked up losses and lost quarterback Kyler Murray to a serious knee injury. Now, he considers that it must be rebuilt again.
“The hardest day in the life of football is when you have to part with people you respect and whose contributions you appreciate,” Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said Monday.
Kingsbury, 43, who received a contract extension just last year, ends his tenure with a 28-37-1 record in four seasons, including a 4-13 one this past season.
Arizona finished the season suffering seven straight losses. On Sunday the San Francisco 49ers beat him 38-13.
“I wish I could have worked better for him, because in terms of effort, he’s a guy who deserved the result that we all hoped for,” Bidwill said.
Keim, 50, also received a contract extension last season. He has been with the Cardinals since 1999 and has served as their general manager since 2013. In December, he applied for medical leave, but the team did not explain why.
Now Bidwill begins the search for a strategist and general manager. There would be several takers: The Cardinals have a quarterback for the long haul and they have the third pick in the upcoming draft.
Bidwill said he would prefer to hire a general manager first and then decide who the coach will be, although the order could be altered. He claimed that he had already interviewed two internal candidates—Adrian Wilson and Quentin Harris—as well as one unidentified external applicant for the general manager position.