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Cardinals hire offensive line coach; name two other assistants to the staff

Arizona adds a couple coaches to their staff

NCAA Football: Arizona at Texas El Paso Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals announced the hiring of Sean Kugler as offensive line coach, Brian Natkin as assistant offensive line coach, and David Raih as wide receivers coach. In addition, Steve Heiden will return to the team as tight ends coach.

Here’s the press release from the team:

Kugler comes to the Cardinals from Denver where he worked last season as the Broncos offensive line-guards/centers coach. He is a 29-year coaching veteran who has spent 12 years working in the NFL having previously coached with Detroit (2001-05), Buffalo (2007-09) and Pittsburgh (2010-12) in addition to Denver. With Denver last season, Kugler’s offensive line helped undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay run for 1,034 rushing yards and get selected to the Pro Bowl. He became the first offensive undrafted rookie to make the Pro Bowl and his 1,034 rushing yards were the second most in NFL history for an undrafted rookie.

The 52-year old Kugler coached the Steelers offensive line for three seasons as they averaged more than 350 yards per game and made the postseason twice in that span. Pittsburgh’s offensive line helped running back Rashard Mendenhall (1,273 yards) go over 1,000 rushing yards in 2010 as the Steelers advanced to Super Bowl XLV. Center Maurkice Pouncey made his first three Pro Bowls (2010-12) under Kugler in addition to being named an AP All-Pro choice all three seasons. Prior to working in Denver in 2018, Kugler was the head coach for his alma mater, the University of Texas-El Paso for five seasons.

Raih reunites with Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, under whom he worked as director of high school relations/outside receivers coach at Texas Tech in 2013. Natkin is a 13-year coaching veteran who spent six seasons (2012-17) at his alma mater, the University of Texas-El Paso, working as the Miners offensive line coach, tight ends coach, special teams coordinator and offensive coordinator.