Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury discussed the challenges of facing the San Francisco 49ers, how the Cardinals planned on using Nick Bosa, and a whole lot more leading up to Thursday nights matchup. I asked Kingsbury if using ten personnel(four WRs/one RB) was a way of slowing down the 49ers defense, and how he planned on doing that. Here’s what Kingsbury said:
If you have that answer, I’ll take it. I don’t know how you slow those guys down the way they’re playing right now. We’ll have a plan in place to try and maximize who we are as an offense. Like I said, we know it’s a tall challenge. We’ll have a plan in place to try and maximize who we are as an offense. Like I said, we know it’s a tall challenge.
Matt Maiocco asks, What provides the bigger challenge with the 49ers, going up against their offense or defense?
They’re both playing at elite levels. Kyle is one of the best offensive minds in football and has been for a long time. They have that thing rolling right now offensively in the run game and the play-action stuff. Jimmy is playing at a high level. Then defensively. They’re as good as anybody in the league. Their front seven is dominant, and it shows up week in and week out.
Matt Barrows of The Athletic asks Kingsbury of his assessment of Nick Bosa:
We loved Nick Bosa the entire process. Phenomenal person, competitor, player. What you’re seeing him do week in and week out was kind of the expectations. We had a coach on our staff that was on our staff from Ohio State that had intimate knowledge of Bosa’s work ethic and who he is. We were on board, and all fired up about him. We knew that whoever was going to take Nick was going to get a dominant player in this league.
Ice cream Cohn asked what makes Robert Saleh an impressive defensive coordinator:
I just think watching last year to this year, just the evolution. You know, how he’s evolved with his personnel. You see the effort that his guys play with. The juice. The swagger they’re playing with. They’re celebrating together. All those things jump out on the tape. That’s a credit to him and the way he coaches and has been able to evolve and develop that group.
Maiocco asked Kingsbury on Kyler:
His skill set makes him valuable in any offense. To be able to run like he can. His accuracy as a passer. His football IQ is really high. He wants to be great. For all of us having him here now, and watching how he’s evolved in eight games and where we think he can go with his passion for the game and passion to want to be great, we’re all excited for it.
Kingsbury mentioned how it’s important to get more pieces around his quarterback.
I asked Kliff how he felt Jimmy Garoppolo had played this season:
I think he looks great. I like Jimmy. I like everything about him. His mobility. Smart player. He takes what the defense gives him. That run game, they do great play-action off that. He’s a guy that can do it all. They’re building it around them, and they’re tough to stop.