Arizona Cardinals fire Sean Kugler after Mexico City incident

A groping incident that allegedly occurred last Sunday prompted the Arizona Cardinals to fire assistant Sean Kugler.

The Arizona Cardinals’ performance on the playing field in 2022 was nothing to write home about. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s team starts off with an ugly 4-7 and the team’s playoff hopes are dwindling by the minute.

As if that weren’t bad enough, an alleged groping incident that took place in Mexico City last Sunday led to the firing of a Cards aide. Sean Kugler, the former offensive line coach/running game coordinator, was notified of the decision and sent home Monday morning. Hours later, Arizona suffered a humiliating 38-10 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.

Can things get any worse for this bumbling band of cardinals? Kingsbury was unable to go into details, but did have the following to say about Kugler’s firing.

“We relieved him of his duties and he was sent home on Monday morning ahead of the game. Every time you go through a personnel change like that, it’s a challenge.” – via Arizona Republic

Sean Kugler’s incident wasn’t the first for an Arizona Cardinals coach in 2022

The Kugler incident wasn’t the first for a Cards assistant this year. In August, running backs coach James Saxon was placed on administrative leave after being charged with two counts of domestic battery. After some legal wrangling, the 56-year-old was eventually placed on probation for a year and officially resigned from Kingsbury’s staff last month.

Kugler joined the Cardinals in 2019 and has been one of the team’s most respected coaches. The front office wanted to surround Kingsbury with some veteran NFL assistants, and the 56-year-old Kugler had certainly been around a few times.

In addition to his stint with Arizona, Kugler also spent time in the pros with the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos. The New York native was also the head coach at the University of Texas at El Paso from 2013-17.

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