Sports Writing, Nov 22 (EFE).- The Arizona Cardinals announced Tuesday the dismissal of Sean Kugler, offensive line coach and run game coordinator, for an incident in Mexico City before Monday’s game with San Francisco at Estadio Azteca.
“We relieved him of his duties for one incident and sent him home Monday morning before the San Francisco game,” Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said.
Kingsbury did not elaborate on why Kugler lost his job and was sent back to Arizona.
“I’ll just say it’s a challenge every time you make a personnel change like that and I’ll leave it at that,” the coach stressed.
Last Monday the Cardinals closed the eleventh week of the NFL season with a 38-10 defeat over the San Francisco 49ers in a duel held at the Azteca Stadium in the Mexican capital.
Arizona, third team in the NFC West with four wins and seven losses, has struggled to form a consistent offense all season; it is the 18th offense among 32 teams in points per game, averaging 21.8.
For the game they lost to San Francisco, the Cardinals did not have their starting quarterback, Kyler Murrayinjured hamstring since week eight.
Another casualty was that of the tight end Zach Ertzwho in week 10 against the Rams suffered a knee injury that required surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
In addition, of the five starting members of his offensive line, only Kelvin Beachumright tackle, played against the 49ers, the other four linemen remain on the disabled list.
Added to the injuries the team has dealt with are conflicts with the offensive coaching staff, now compounded by the firing of Sean Kugler.
Last August, the running coach, James Saxon, was placed on administrative leave because he was accused of assaulting a woman in May of this year; Saxon pleaded guilty to the offense in October, after which he resigned from the team.
Don Shumpert, another of the team’s offensive assistants, was fired last month for no reason.
Kliff Kingsbury said Kugler’s duties will be shared by assistant offensive line Brian Natkin and tight ends coach Steve Heiden, who coordinated the attack against the 49ers.
(c) EFE Agency