The Arizona Cardinals’ top priority this offseason will be to fix the offensive line. Now, they have found a coach to do just that.
Maybe the most important hire for #AZCardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury is his offensive line coach. And I’m told AZ is signing Sean Kugler as OL coach. Formerly of the #Broncos, he was in demand for the #Bills, #Bucs, #Browns and #Jets.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2019
Sean Kugler was the head coach for UTEP from 2013-17 before being the offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. The Broncos allowed 34 sacks this season, tied with the Chargers for 10th best in the NFL. Their running back unit combined for an average of 4.9 yards per carry, which is good enough for third-best in the NFL.
He will be responsible for coaching up the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line that allowed the fifth-most sacks (52) this season. The hope is to not only improve the protection for Josh Rosen but to also help David Johnson return to his 2016 form. Their 3.8 yards per carry average was the worst in the NFL, but it’s not surprising considering they ranked last in almost all offensive categories.
The Cardinals also announced the hiring of Brian Natkin, former NFL tight end and previously worked for Kugler at UTEP, as the assistant offensive line coach. They also hired David Raih from the Packers to coach wide receivers.
They have retained Steve Heiden as tight ends coach and Jeff Rodgers as special teams coordinator. The team already announced the hiring former Broncos’ head coach Vance Joseph as defensive coordinator and the return of Bill Davis from Ohio State to coach linebackers.
On another note Steve Sarkisian will not be the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, contrary to the reports earlier in the week.