Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury had a heated argument in the first half of the Arizona Cardinals‘ win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football, but the head coach is downplaying the sideline incident with his star quarterback.
After the game, Kingsbury met with the media and was asked about the blowup which he immediately downplayed.
Kingsbury called the situation and Murray’s reaction as a “Gen-Z thing” and explained that he enjoys showing emotion — something Murray didn’t seem to appreciate.
Murray could be seen yelling “Calm the f*ck down” at Kingsbury multiple times.
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“It was just one of those things on the field. We had a difference of opinion,” Kingsbury said, via NFL.com. “Yeah, he said I didn’t look good on TV and acted kind of fiery. So, I don’t know. It’s the Gen-Z thing on TV ‘calm down,’ but I like showing emotion.”
Murray echoed the fact that Kingsbury can get too animated on the sidelines.
“You know he’s over there, he’s sometimes real animated over on the sidelines sometimes,” Murray said. “It’s never ‘calm down we’re good, we are going to make it right,’ and we ended up scoring so that was good.”
Star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who made his season debut after serving a six-game suspension, had a more humorous take on the situation.
“I’m not married but I imagine that’s what a marriage is like.”
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“Both of those guys want to win,” said Hopkins. “I love to see that. I mean honestly, I love being a part of two people who are dedicated and that focused on winning. Obviously, you are going to butt heads. I’m not married, but from what I hear, that’s like a marriage.”
With the win, the Cardinals move to 3-4 on the season.
Arizona will now enjoy an extended layoff before returning to action on Sunday, October 30 when they hit the road to face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8.