People will be ‘surprised’ how much the Cardinals run the ball next season
The 2018 NFL season was one to forget for Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson. Fortunately, his prospects are looking much brighter moving forward.
The Cardinals have made some major changes to their coaching staff once again. According to C.J. Holmes of The Athletic, offensive line coach Sean Kugler expects this team to rely heavily on the run game moving forward:
“I think people are going to be surprised by the amount that we do run the ball; it’s a big part of this offense in addition to the screen game,” Kugler said. “It’s not just throwing it every down, and there’s going to be a lot of physicality in this offense.”
Kugler’s comments may come as a bit of a surprise considering new head coach Kliff Kingsbury became notorious for establishing Texas Tech’s Air Raid offense. It should also be noted that the Cardinals’ offensive line struggled to stay healthy last season as the team was forced to place seven of them on injured reserve. This certainly took a toll on the offense as they finished last in rushing yards per game (83.9).
Fortunately, it appears Arizona’s struggles last season will not dictate their approach moving forward. It is safe to say that Kugler’s comments are music to Johnson’s ears. He was hoping to confirm his status as an elite running back after missing nearly the entire 2017 campaign with a wrist injury. However, he suffered along with the Cardinals non-existent offense after rushing for just 940 yards and seven touchdowns on 258 carries.