Offensive lineman Justin Murray #71 of the Arizona Cardinals with offensive line coach Sean Kugler during the second half of the NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns at State Farm Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals fired run game coordinator and offensive line coach Sean Kugler before the debacle of a 38-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico City, Arizona Sports’ Tyler Drake confirmed Tuesday.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury told the Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman that Kugler was fired after an “incident” in Mexico City on Sunday night.
Kugler was sent home before the game on Monday Night Football, the coach told McManaman.
The Cardinals hired Kugler before Kingsbury’s first season in 2019, and the assistant was promoted to run game coordinator in June 2021.
Kugler, who Kingsbury had called a “run game savant,” has been an assistant in the NFL with the Detroit Lions (2001-05), Buffalo Bills (2007-09), Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-12) and Denver Broncos (2018).
He was also head coach at UTEP from 2013-17.
Kugler was a favorite among players such as offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum, a veteran left tackle who said he would refuse to play on the right side for anyone but Kugler.
The departure leaves yet another position group without an assistant. Arizona put running backs coach James Saxon on leave and eventually fired him after he was charged with domestic battery in Indiana that dates back to May.
Saxon pled guilty to one count of domestic battery last month.