The Arizona Cardinals had an embarrassing showing on Monday Night Football in Mexico City, but there was also an incident involving an assistant coach prior to the team’s shellacking by the San Francisco 49ers.
According to Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, the team fired offensive line coach/running game coordinator Sean Kugler. Kugler was involved in an incident on Saturday in Mexico City before being fired on Monday morning prior to the game.
“We relieved him of his duties, and he was sent home Monday morning prior to the game,” Kingsbury told The Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman. “It’s challenging anytime you make a staff change in that type of manner.”
The team has not revealed specifics of the incident involving the 56-year-old Kugler, but it is reportedly due to an off-field incident and not related to the Cardinals’ level of play.
Sean Kugler’s dismissal was because of an off-field incident. Not connected to the Cardinals’ poor play.
— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) November 22, 2022
With Kugler no longer on the coaching staff, assistant offensive line coach Brian Natkin and tight ends coach Steve Heiden will take over his duties.
Up next for the Cardinals is a meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, November 27. Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET.