Kliff Kingsbury not as qualified as other candidates for Cardinals job - Stephen A. | First Take

  • Published on Jan 9, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith lambasts the Arizona Cardinals for hiring Kliff Kingsbury, saying there are plenty of other candidates who are more qualified for the position than he is, especially those in the African-American community.
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Comments • 964

  • Jonathan Starzyk
    Jonathan Starzyk 9 days ago

    It's always about race isnt it.

  • MPeterson1958
    MPeterson1958 21 day ago

    Wait! Someone made this a racial thing? Shocked I tell you. Shocked!

  • WeFlyHigh
    WeFlyHigh 24 days ago

    I agree that wilks was terrible, the problem I have with Kingsbury is that he’s never had a successful season as a head coach. They could’ve found someone else, and hired Kliff as an OC, but taking Kliff and dumping Josh Rosen after 1 season? A rookie QB trying to find himself? I understand the Kyler Murray argument, but what if he’s a bust and Rosen becomes the next Tom Brady? I’m sure there were several better options for head coaches that the cardinals could’ve gotten, but they chose Kliff. I pray that Kingsbury is successful with my team, but I don’t see it happening

  • Ryan T
    Ryan T Month ago

    When is Stephen Smith going to realize that he's a nobody.. He's not a coach, he's not a GM.. so who cares what he thinks..This guy is an idiot.

    • Jewel Clark
      Jewel Clark 22 days ago


  • Caleb Mauldin
    Caleb Mauldin Month ago

    All I gotta say is this: RACE DONT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS!!! Look, the Cardinals firing Steve Wilks was a bad move. They gotta at least give him a second year. But he just had a tough season. Race don’t change that. Kliff is a bad hire because he’s not qualified! Max and Stephen missed it! Matt nailed it! It’s all about finding a new Sean McVay! OCs! Even if Kingsbury were black, he’d get hired because that’s what the Cardinals think will work. Race don’t have a DAMN THING TO DO WITH THIS!! Another reason he hired? Are the Cardinals exactly that well run? Are they that smart? Ffs, they’re thinking on bailing on Josh Rosen AFTER ONE F**KING YEAR!! Have you seen how bad his o-line is? How god awful the defense is? This is IN NO WAY his fault. The Cards will just ruin whoever they bring in. Race don’t mean a damn thing here. The Cards are just inept

  • Clay Lepchenske
    Clay Lepchenske 2 months ago

    The evolution of high power offenses has made it to the NFL. Not just college anymore. Owners will gamble with more points being scored, and hope the defense will just make enough stops. I mean look at Alabama now.

  • Humble Rumble
    Humble Rumble 2 months ago

    Really. It’s a race thing? Fuckkk no. Cardinals hired kliff to bring in a big personality that we haven’t had since BA and try to develop Rosen and this offense that was ruined by a bad defensive minded coach.

  • Stavo AZ
    Stavo AZ 3 months ago

    Its always a race thing smh . Steve Wilks was a terrible head coach along with the rest of his trash staff. Mike McCoy... Dont even get me started on McCoy smh I follow my team closely all of 2018 was a huge lesson

  • Yellow CattleCompany
    Yellow CattleCompany 3 months ago

    Is this CNN sports?

  • Terrence Thomson
    Terrence Thomson 3 months ago +1

    I personally would have given Wilks one more year to see what happens, unless the team totally quit on him. I don’t think I would have hired Cliff Dingleberry though.

  • abdu o
    abdu o 4 months ago

    White privilege at its finest.
    imagine getting promotion after doing a TERRIBLE JOB.
    sas is right on this one.black man has to be twice as good to the average man.

  • P.J. Nxumalo
    P.J. Nxumalo 4 months ago

    See Labron James proven right once again.

  • P.J. Nxumalo
    P.J. Nxumalo 4 months ago

    If your black you have to twice as good to get half as far.

  • Teddy Swagger
    Teddy Swagger 4 months ago

    Jeff Fisher had the same record or worse with the Lions but he didn't get the axe after one year no matter what team he was with. Marvin Lewis been in Cinncinatti for 15yrs and didn't do much of nothing. Much like Jason Garrett in Dallas. Lovie Smith got the axe after leading the bears to a SB. But wasn't Adam Gase part of that racist hazing down in Miami? Ijs. Romeo Crennel has shown he's HC material once again. Kris Richard as well. But to be fair, the Browns have cut coaches, black and white, in midseason. Kudos to UNC Tar Heels, Arizona State, UCF in Florida, Texas, & Penn State for getting the right HC to turn those prestigious programs around. But the NFL has just a little more power in the hiring process. Especially with the Rooney rule in affect. It seems that most NFL teams are finding "their" way around the rule by saying "oh we interviewed minorities" or "we gave him a year and it didn't work out". No ones saying give minorities the job because of the color of their skins(smirk), however like the FT panel has pointed out, just like the QB controversy, there are men of color coaches that have worked hard to be a HC in the NFL and for more than a damn year. Organizations like Arizona, Cleveland, NY Jets, Green bay, & Miami are going to take more than a year or two to turn into playoff contenders. Look how long Sean McVay took to take the LA Rams to the SB. Or Tony Dungy in Indianapolis, Harbaugh in SF and his brother in Baltimore, Andy Reid in KC, Anthony Lynn in LA, and Ron Rivera in Carolina. So if these owners care about winning and winning the big one as they put on, then they'll be a bit more realistic with their personnel hirings. Especially with the hirings of minorities.

  • Todd Toure
    Todd Toure 4 months ago

    If The Brother has The Experience and Paid His Dues (Merit) like ANYONE Regardless of Color, They Should At Least be Considered.. ( RooneyRule) I swear Politics and The National Divide of Race is Once Again Permeating The NFL..Courtesy of " Leadership " who sets the Tone..We're Going Backwards all over again.

  • Donny McFadden
    Donny McFadden 4 months ago

    Hmmm, why don't you explain reverse racism to Christian McCafrey. A white Running Back in the NFL has to prove himself over and over again, just to get passed over.

  • The Hawk
    The Hawk 4 months ago +1


  • James Affleck
    James Affleck 4 months ago

    Don't give a white guy a job. Give it to the brother

  • William Littles
    William Littles 4 months ago

    And Stephen A. you wanted a "winning" African - American coach in Marvin Lewis fired?

  • Robert Young
    Robert Young 4 months ago +2

    Fire a head coach after a year and hire this guy with a losing college record? This is amerikkka.

  • big çj 239 black man
    big çj 239 black man 4 months ago

    Kliff kingburg pun definitely untended is mediocre at best why he's a hot commodity easy cause he's a so cslled younger" white boy" like that's means shit the Sean McVeigh effect cause look at dude overall record mediocre is understatement he's a bum period don't believe the hype great white hype bum bum bum!!!!!

  • Thor Ryzal
    Thor Ryzal 4 months ago

    "Why aint theyre no brothers on the wall!" -Do The Right Thing

  • The Ragenaught
    The Ragenaught 4 months ago

    Blah blah blah.....raciscm racism racism. fuck ESPN.

  • Lord Miraak
    Lord Miraak 4 months ago

    Everything has to be about race all the time even when it has literally nothing to do with it

  • April Sonnier
    April Sonnier 4 months ago

    Pathetic argument is always race victim mentality never ends

  • pachulihater 1
    pachulihater 1 4 months ago

    Take that race card, espn, and shove it...

  • Ed Neg
    Ed Neg 4 months ago


  • Vinny Gonzales
    Vinny Gonzales 4 months ago

    I didn't know this was a race thing..?? I guess I'm blind. can't see colors

  • Kylie Davis
    Kylie Davis 4 months ago

    They said the same thing about McVay...

  • 6.4 HemiDriver
    6.4 HemiDriver 4 months ago

    I agree with everything Damien Woody said.

  • channel surfer
    channel surfer 4 months ago

    If that owner wants to hire his limo driver to coach his team that's his business. There is no evidence, none, that this coaching change was racially motivated. Either make a legal case and sue the guy or shut up about it. You don't go off like those people up there unless you have decent evidence. All that is up there is speculation...total b.s.

  • Adam Neil
    Adam Neil 4 months ago

    Fuck the Rooney Rule and all this BS...Those black coaches didnt get the job done...No more free Cheese

  • Gavin Sheets
    Gavin Sheets 4 months ago

    Oh great I get to hear sas talk about racism. Wasn’t he the one that said tiger woods the greatest golfer ever wasn’t black just cause he didn’t make a mean comment about the president. All the African American coach’s that got fired this year all had terrible records. Steve wilks was the only person that got so called black balled but maybe you should put a fire under the cardinals owners ass. Not a whole race.

  • cooterball 513
    cooterball 513 4 months ago

    ESPN is the new CNN this is why your ratings are lower than a midgets asshole

  • tiDDies aTTic
    tiDDies aTTic 4 months ago

    Kliff Kingsbury is not of Hatian descent & people of Hatian descent do not care where he works.

  • tiDDies aTTic
    tiDDies aTTic 4 months ago

    Kliff Kingsbury is not of Mexican descent & people of Mexican descent do not care where he works.

  • tiDDies aTTic
    tiDDies aTTic 4 months ago

    Kliff Kingsbury is not of Guatemalan descent & people of Guatemalan descent do not care where he works.

  • tiDDies aTTic
    tiDDies aTTic 4 months ago

    Kliff Kingsbury is not of Asian descent & people of Asian descent do not care where he works.

  • tiDDies aTTic
    tiDDies aTTic 4 months ago

    PATHETIC! The same people that hired Kingsbury, hired Steve Wilks. So exactly what race are they racist towards?

  • MrAdmvp
    MrAdmvp 4 months ago

    Kevin Sumlin sucks ass

  • V Rapture V
    V Rapture V 4 months ago

    i dont really understand the whole black coaches thing, if 5 out of 32 coaches are black that means 15% of the coaches are black in a country where black people make up 12% of the population. i feel like thats normal. Now i dont know what the numbers are for all coaches in the nfl but there is no abnormal disparity in head coaches.

  • Timothy Stafford
    Timothy Stafford 4 months ago

    ok, valid issues BUT they gave Byron Leftwich the OC position when he is a relative noob.

  • cL Oracle
    cL Oracle 4 months ago

    Why are they so against a man who has yet to show his colors, he could really own up to his position, at least mention some quality attributes instead of ripping him the entire time

  • Hard Work1994
    Hard Work1994 4 months ago

    Lol everything is race A black person can never do anything wrong because no matter what happens it’s because he’s black

  • Generic Name
    Generic Name 4 months ago +1

    White guy gets a job = must be racism...

  • michael young
    michael young 4 months ago

    Why does max try to make everything about race, like ur white dude chill

  • MP15aug
    MP15aug 4 months ago

    why is the racial outrage always in one direction? No one is talking about why are there not more white, Asian or Hispanic corners and running backs and wide receiver. In a competitive environment the best rise to the top. Mike Tomlin and Bill belichick keep there job because they win. Steven A is talking out his ass.

  • Farquad Shmoogle
    Farquad Shmoogle 4 months ago

    BUT I BET, IF A BLACK COLLEGE COACH WAS HIRED, SAS WOULDNT HAVE MUCH OF A PROBLEM WITH IT. LIKE IF A FEW YEARS AGO KEVIN SUMLIN WAS GIVEN AN NFL COACHING JOB, SAS WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE, IM SO PROUD. Maybe it needs to be asked, why arent there many black QB coaches? bc that is usually how it seems to work. QB coach moves up to OC, then HC. We keep seeing plenty of black collegiate QBs, if they flake out in the NFL, why dont they pursue coaching??? Seems that white QBs do, so why dont black QBs? RG3 is still trying to play in the NFL, but he ran quite a system at Baylor, learned some from Shanahan. He could be learning to become a QB coach someday soon. What these black analysts and commentators need to really push is to why not former black QBs are not trying to get into coaching???? Are they trying and not getting the opportunities, or are they just not going after them??? Look at Kingsbury and LaFleur. both tried the NFL, neither had any success. What did Kingsbury do? he went back to college, TT, and started there. LaFleur started as a QB coach, learned under Shanahan, McVay, just was an OC with TITANs.

  • Goat Ninetynine
    Goat Ninetynine 4 months ago

    Anything Stephan A. Smith says is always wrong and I am happy he thinks Kliff is not a good hire for my team so this mean he is going to have a good year and we going to the playoffs

  • Vijay Swearingen
    Vijay Swearingen 4 months ago

    The fact of the matter is NFL owners feel more comfortable hiring their white counterparts, over any racial alternative. That's their prerogative and their right because it's earned in a country that idolizes wealth & material things and is run by boardrooms. Max makes a great point about the "pipeline" not being there for black coaches being the new offensive innovators vs defensive coaching candidates. New offense playcaller/coordinators are the current flavor of the month. In time, defensive head coach hires may become a priority but likely not because Championships are won with an offensive head coach's mind meshing with a QB's mind and NFL QBs are the premier, rare athletes of today.

    • philliesphan312
      philliesphan312 4 months ago

      Yes out of spite they would rather lose money than hire a black coach!

  • Jason Pharr
    Jason Pharr 4 months ago

    Texas Tech is a hard school to recruit to. Lincoln Riley isn’t a better coach in the big 12 than Kingsberry, he just wound up in a very favorable situation. Texas Tech is a hard place to recruit to and by comparison recruiting to OU is easy. Why did LR get the job at Oklahoma as an OC, because they were looking for the next Kliff Kingsberry.

  • Digonto Zahid
    Digonto Zahid 4 months ago

    This race bait bs drags on and on .....at this rate espn ratings will only go down someone plz replace max kellerman this guy is embarrassing .........the nonsense he is talking feels so disingenuous......

  • pappa 52
    pappa 52 4 months ago

    Leave it to espn to go full sjw

  • Leveraged
    Leveraged 4 months ago

    Somebody wake up Molly.

  • D Brooks
    D Brooks 4 months ago

    Guess Stephen A. has lost sight of the fact that he's not qualified to discuss the NFL.

  • Jarvis Smith
    Jarvis Smith 4 months ago

    Damn Stephen A you say give new coaches out side the nfl a chance to coach as soon as they do you complain that they dont enough experience pick a side.

  • SuntanSuperman8
    SuntanSuperman8 4 months ago

    I'd bet a six pack of Sam Adams that if Kingsbury was black Stephen A. would be saying this was a solid hire for the Cards

    MILES WRIDER 4 months ago

    The only solution is for Blacks to create their own league and do exactly the same thing to whites!

  • Mr. Placenta
    Mr. Placenta 4 months ago

    Why did this turn into a race debate?

  • The 5-Star Review 2018
    The 5-Star Review 2018 4 months ago

    Notice how Black Men never talk about owning shit. Even after an Arab bought the Jaguars. Just notice...African men NEVER talk or discuss owning anything! And then non-black around them participate in this sickness...knowing full well that they own teams. But that African man chooses to be victim instead of fighting the good fight. Own a football team and stop it.

  • The 5-Star Review 2018
    The 5-Star Review 2018 4 months ago

    Look at the Jew...talking about so-called soft racism! Black men lack the mental acuity to fight these types of battles. We have never demanded to own a team...like the Arab who owns the Jaguars. Black men have chosen to be eternal victims...victims of their own doing.

  • Zachary Klinger
    Zachary Klinger 4 months ago

    Stephen needs to stop pulling Africa-American's aren't respected in sports. They get paid millions of dollars to play a 3hr game. They also get paid to sit on the sideline like Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell.
    I understand Kapernick's situation. It's his right to sit during the national anthem. Kap doesn't have a job right now because of his views.
    For the people who are going to react negatively about my view on Kap. It's not only African-American people kneeling during the anthem it's white people too.

  • BlondeJohn's Boardshop
    BlondeJohn's Boardshop 4 months ago

    Mike Locksley, isn’t he black? A great OC that coached Bama, now a HC for Maryland! In sports, color of your skin is mute! Best coaches, coach at the Best schools or programs! Best kids , regardless of color go to the Best schools or Pro teams! Get rid of race cards; people are people, am I not correct?

  • Jimmy  Durham
    Jimmy Durham 4 months ago

    Well you look at the black quarterbacks and black head coaches I think Mike tomlin's done a hell of a job Todd Bowles is a good defensive coach Jon Gruden is known for winning a Superbowl with Tony dungy's team and Tony Dungy went and won a Superbowl with Indianapolis Patrick Mahomes is biracial probably in MVP Michael Vick the most electrifying quarterback ever Russell Wilson Super Bowl winning quarterback Dak Prescott one of the most successful quarterbacks in his first two seasons so yeah I think it's time black people get more opportunities and head coaching management positions and ownership positions is quite obvious we know what the hell we're doing

  • John Couture
    John Couture 4 months ago

    Only racists care about the color of someone's skin. On the espn app right now there are several articles in which black writers say they want more black head coaches. They want more people hired for no other reason than the color of their skin. I find it interesting that their idea of equal would be a league in which the majority of coaches are black and the majority of players are black. Caring about some people more than others simply because they share your skin color is the very definition of racism. Shame on you

  • Jorge Diaz
    Jorge Diaz 4 months ago

    The race card is the most annoying thing

  • Josh Jenkins
    Josh Jenkins 4 months ago

    black coaches fired : hue Jackson 1-31, Steve Wilkes first pick of draft , Todd bowles lost every year with jets , Marvin Lewis 16 years no playoff wins who Stephen Smith has been begging Bengals to fire. quit crying and race baiting. show me a white coach that would have a job after 1-31 record over two seasons . show me a white coach that would have a job after 16 years not making playoffs . if anything these black coaches except for Wilkes have got special treatment.

  • Cubbies34
    Cubbies34 4 months ago

    Just another stupid reaction to get clicks and views. Congrats

  • Youtube Guru
    Youtube Guru 4 months ago

    I knew race would be brought up before I even hit play for this video..

  • kvmi1986
    kvmi1986 4 months ago

    Race baiting again Espn everything is racist according to Max. To be honest Max kellerman might be the most racist man on TV.

  • Chris Napolion
    Chris Napolion 4 months ago

    Kingsbury has no nfl coaching experience

  • Courtney Chambers
    Courtney Chambers 4 months ago

    When they hire one black head coach that gives them the exception to ignore 10 offensive coordinators. Watch closely

  • Alberto Rodriguez
    Alberto Rodriguez 4 months ago

    Everything in the states is about color😏

  • Marc Belanger
    Marc Belanger 4 months ago

    I’m not 10 seconds in and I’m stopping it. Fckn race baiter.

  • Veach D
    Veach D 4 months ago +1

    MOlly quick to point out copycat job, she should look at her own job lol she is a clone replica wannabee

  • Márton Glasz
    Márton Glasz 4 months ago

    Poor girl cant even end a sentence

  • Lee Nguyen
    Lee Nguyen 4 months ago

    SAJ is such a racist PRICK!!!!

  • abnuridd24
    abnuridd24 4 months ago

    Some black people's lives are so deeply indoctrinated with American culture that is makes them uncomfortable to continue to bring up the issues with race in our society. I may not agree with everything Stephen A says but Im not gonna shit on what he is saying because bringing up race is always valid. We all know that Stephen A is not the most qualified black man in America to talk about race, you know who else knows that? Disney. But we don't want to read between the lines and realize Disney is using Stephen A to divide black people further, we just want to hold Stephen A accountable for bringing up race, the producers tell them what to talk about and what angles to take. When are all of you stupid motherfuckers going to exercise some critical thinking?

  • Dana McArdle
    Dana McArdle 4 months ago

    Do you think Stephen A Smith will ever not be a racist ? Color shouldn't decide if someone gets a head coaching job.

  • john poulton
    john poulton 4 months ago

    😄 HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Hey everybody!!! Stephen a is talking about football again!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Does he realize that we watch him for comedic purposes? No i didnt think he would.

  • D4xoo :D
    D4xoo :D 4 months ago

    The Bucs hired a black OC. Just sayin.

  • Honest Rios
    Honest Rios 4 months ago +1

    these people only talk about racism. they need to look deep inside and let that shit go. I could have 1 gum, offer it to Molly because she's a lady. next thing you know, Max and Stephen A will call it racism or sexist. goodness

  • fauxbro1983
    fauxbro1983 4 months ago

    In life you just have to jump on opportunities that develope.

  • Chris Pedersen
    Chris Pedersen 4 months ago

    They hired Kingsbury because they were ranked dead last in offense this year, and they know he can get Josh Rosen to throw for 5,000 yards next season. Genius hire Arizona.

  • Aaron williams
    Aaron williams 4 months ago +2

    THIS is why people don't watch EPSN anymore.

  • Roberto Martinez
    Roberto Martinez 4 months ago

    Kliff Kingsbury unproven in the NFL. Big problem with the Cardinals 3-13 season last year. Cardinals need a seasoned and successful NFL coach.

  • Hector Del Moral
    Hector Del Moral 4 months ago

    Wow talk about over Reacting I really hope he proves everyone of y'all wrong

  • chrlwade
    chrlwade 4 months ago

    Dont hate the player, hate the game. It's not his fault he's being chose by the hoes.

  • hgonz14
    hgonz14 4 months ago

    This was a bad hire as the Cardinals are total dumbasses. With that said the coaches that got fired deserved it. Hue Jackson is arguably the worst head coach in NFL history, Steve Wilks and Vance Joseph had no business being head coaches in the first place. I feel Todd Bowles is good coach and deserves another shot down the road.

  • D.J.
    D.J. 4 months ago

    SAS said Marvin Lewis should have been fired tho

  • Billy Spalding
    Billy Spalding 4 months ago

    Stephen A. is more racist than any white or black person out there??

  • Billy Spalding
    Billy Spalding 4 months ago

    What happened to Defense in NFL?

  • Billy Spalding
    Billy Spalding 4 months ago

    Don't understand this hire one bit. Didn't he just get fired from Texas Tech?? WTF???

  • NPR7771
    NPR7771 4 months ago

    Of course max turned it into a race thing.

  • truthornothing
    truthornothing 4 months ago

    The card's screwed up this time!

  • bigwaltpro
    bigwaltpro 4 months ago

    Cardinals obviously going the young offensive creative route. They following what works LA Rams.

  • olemissfan91
    olemissfan91 4 months ago

    Marvin Lewis kept his job for 16 mediocre seasons.

  • Adeoye Yilu
    Adeoye Yilu 4 months ago

    You know only the WHITES say why we gotta talk bout race😂😂😂 knowing damn well NO WHERE in the world will you have a business with over 70% whites and all the supervisors are black. ☺

    • Trolley The Troll
      Trolley The Troll 4 months ago

      Same to say about whites in NBA bitch.....over 80% black coaches and players in NBA....your argument is trash

  • dan t
    dan t 4 months ago

    Omfg now everything is about friggin race? Shit I'm no where near a conservative or anything but this is getting rediculous. Jesus Christ. Not everything is about race.

  • James Boyle
    James Boyle 4 months ago

    No one cares about Kap? Thats history.