Antoine Bethea: I'm Excited To Hear Kingsbury's Plan

Kliff Kingsbury must turn around a franchise that went 3-13 last season

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
February 01, 2019 - 9:09 am

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The 2018 season was not a memorable one for the Arizona Cardinals. They broke in a rookie quarterback, went 3-13 – their worst finish since 2000 – and fired head coach Steve Wilks.

“It’s been tough,” Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “This past year we finished 3-13. Going into the season, if you would have said we’d be 3-13, I would have said you’re lying. But it is what it is. We’re going into another new head coach, another new coaching staff. That’s tough, but it’s part of the business.”

Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, 39, replaced the defensive-minded Wilks.

“Young, innovative, offensive-minded coach,”Bethea said. “Lot of energy. Everybody who talks about him speaks highly about him. I’m excited to meet him. I’m excited to meet him and sit down and talk with him and see his view (of) how to get us back to the other side.”

Bethea, 34, played with the Colts from 2006-13 and the 49ers (2014-16) before landing in Arizona in 2017. A three-time Pro Bowler, he will play for his third head coach in three seasons with the Cardinals.

Still, he is confident that Kingsbury and his staff can get the job done.

“We got a great defensive coordinator in Vance Joseph,” Bethea said. “Coach Joseph is a former head coach, so I think we have that happy medium. Being that it’s his first head-coaching job and you have a former head coach on your coaching staff, I think it will help him with that as well, so I think we’ll be fine. We have some veteran guys on that side of the ball. I think we’ll be fine.”