With No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray and head coach Kliff Kingsbury in the fold, the 2019 Arizona Cardinals season is shaping up to be an exciting one, if nothing else.
Kingsbury’s Texas Tech teams were in the top 25 in NCAA scoring offense in each of the past four seasons before he was let go as Red Raiders head coach. With a further emphasis on offense taking hold in the NFL, he was hired by Cardinals this offseason.
With Kingsbury on board, it so happens that Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma, was entered in this draft. It was reported that Kingsbury recruited Murray when he was a sophomore in high school. While he didn’t land the QB in college, he got him in the pros.
Who knows how much success Murray will have as a rookie starter in Week 1, but given Kingsbury’s background, Arizona is going to play fast and try to score plenty of points. Cardinals offensive veterans David Johnson (running back) and Larry Fitzgerald (wide receiver) are also expected to reap the benefits of this new system.
Outside of these major changes, the Cardinals did add a veteran presence on defense with the acquisition of longtime Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs. Former Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy was also brought onboard.
The Cardinals are entering year two of a $28 million upgrade to the club levels of State Farm Stadium. Features include new bars and food service locations in all four corners of the stadium, more televisions, new furniture, and the creation of “The Tail Feather,” which is a full-service bar and speakeasy lounge. Suites of various sizes and in different locations around the stadium are available on gameday.
The Cardinals’ 2019 schedule features both home and away matchups with NFC West rivals San Francisco, Seattle, and defending NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams. The remaining home games will be against Detroit, Carolina, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. Road contests outside of the division will be staged at Baltimore, Cincinnati, the New York Giants, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay.