Kliff Kingsbury didn’t expect to survive first Cardinals season

Kliff Kingsbury’s first year as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals concluded with a mediocre 5-10-1 record.

But unlike the organization’s last head coach, Steve Wilks – who was fired the day after the 2018 season ended – Kingsbury is still around.

Appearing on “The Ryen Russillo Podcast” this week, Kingsbury revealed that he was worried about his fate with the organization. Seeing how everything went down with Wilks, who could blame him?

The former Texas Tech head coach, who also served in coaching roles for Texas A&M and Houston, recalled his first NFL game as head coach in Week 1 against Detroit. With the Cardinals trailing 24-6 in the fourth, Kingsbury said he genuinely thought he was going to get canned.

“I’m not exaggerating, I was thinking, ‘I can’t believe I just bought that house. I’m gonna be here two games and they’re gonna fire me,’” Kingsbury, 40, said. “That was about the highest anxiety I’ve ever had on the sidelines. Truly anything we tried to do was a complete disaster.”

Arizona went on to tie the game 27-27 and although Kingsbury only won five games, it’s looking like he’ll have another shot in 2020.

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