Kyler Murray & Kliff Kingsbury Involved In Heated Sideline Exchange
Thursday Night Football not only saw the end of the Cardinals’ two-game losing streak, but also the end of the infamous “Bird Gauntlet” for the New Orleans Saints. The Saints-Cardinals proved to be one of the more entertaining Thursday night games of the season, in terms of high-scoring and major defensive plays. What it also included was a brief, heated exchange between Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and his head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
The incident occurred late in the second quarter. Murray was heading back over to the sidelines after timeout was called. Murray could be seen shouting “Calm the f— down” multiple times. The exchange was later broken up by Deandre Hopkins, who was making his regular-season debut after missing the first six games of the season due to a PED related suspension.
The Cardinals came away with a 42-34 victory over the Saints. The Cardinals forced three turnovers, one being in the redzone and two pick-sixes. The Cardinals scored 21 points off those three turnovers as a result. The team remains in the hunt for first place in the NFC West. When speaking to media during the postgame conference, both Murray & Kingsbury reportedly made light of the captured situation.
“He’s real animated over there on the sidelines sometimes,” Murray said. The quarterback also said he was only trying to get his coach to calm down while on live television.
“Calm down. We’re good,” the quarterback added. “We’re going to make it right. We ended up scoring so that was good. But, yeah, that’s all I was saying. Just chill out. Doesn’t faze me, or I don’t think it fazes him. We’re just trying to win. In the moment type of thing. After that we’re good.”
Kingsbury said, “He said I didn’t look good on TV acting that fiery. Guess it’s a Gen Z thing. ‘You’re on TV so calm down.’ I like showing emotion.”
The Cardinals have an additional few days of rest before a week 8 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
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