Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t brag. He doesn’t flaunt. He understands celebrity culture and the destructive forces accompanying jealousy and hate.
That’s why his house matters.
It’s more than a cliché/meme/contemporary $4.5 million masterpiece in Paradise Valley. More than the newly-minted star of the NFL draft, so swank that it inspired Lego replicas.
It also offered a clean look into how much life has changed for the Cardinals head coach.
“I just wanted to have some fun with it,” Kingsbury said on Monday. “Show off the Chamber of Commerce weather we have here in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Just enjoy it all.”
When Kingsbury was hired in Jan. 2019, the NFL’s old guard recoiled in horror. Sean Payton eviscerated the hiring without naming names. Kingsbury absorbed those verbal grenades, using the platform to pay homage to the Saints head coach.
But the biggest dogs never bark, and it was hardly an accident when Kingsbury called for a successful trick play against Payton when they finally met in late October, on the second play from the scrimmage.
Former head coach Rex Ryan wasn’t nearly as discreet, personally attacking Kingsbury in the middle of training camp.
“C’mon, college football,” Ryan said. “I hope it gets smoked. I really do, because I think it’s so boring. Kingsbury says, ‘Wait until Week 1.’ Oh, I can’t wait to see Week 1. They’re going to get whipped Week 1. Look, this guy … everyone talks about…