ARIZONA CARDINALS

Arizona Cardinals promote WRs coach Shawn Jefferson, 4 others

May 10, 2022, 11:33 AM
Wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson (left) and head coach Kliff Kingsbury (right) of the Arizona C...
Wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson (left) and head coach Kliff Kingsbury (right) of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals promoted five assistants on Tuesday, including wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson to associate head coach.

Jefferson will still work with Arizona’s wide receivers.

In addition to Jefferson, Arizona promoted Cam Turner and Spencer Whipple to co-pass game coordinators, with the former still coaching quarterbacks. Kenny Bell was also promoted to chief of staff/offensive assistant while former Arizona State Sun Devils QB Mike Bercovici was moved up to offensive assistant.

Jefferson enters his second season with the team, originally signing on as Arizona’s wide receivers coach in 2021 after spending two seasons with the New York Jets as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach.

Turner has been with the team since 2018 and was promoted to QBs coach last season. Under Turner’s tutelage, quarterback Kyler Murray set a franchise record with a 69.2 completion percentage. He also finished the year with a 100.6 passer rating.

Whipple gets an extended role in the passing game after filling in for head coach Kliff Kingsbury in Week 6. With Kingsbury missing the game due to COVID-19, Whipple, in collaboration with other members of the offensive staff, took over play-calling duties in the victory over the Cleveland Browns. Whipple originally joined the Cardinals as a quality control coach in 2019 before being promoted to assistant wide receivers coach last season.

Bell’s promotion comes after spending the last three seasons as an assistant to Kingsbury. Before joining Arizona’s ranks, Bell was chief of staff for the Texas Tech Red Raiders during Kingsbury’s tenure from 2013-18. The pair also spent time at Texas A&M (2012) and Houston (2009-2011). Bell served as the director of recruiting at Texas Tech and was an operations assistant and offensive quality control coach at Houston.

Bercovici moves up to offensive assistant after working as a coaching assistant with the team since 2020. Bercovici began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant for ASU in 2019 following his playing days. The assistant was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016, spending time with the then-San Diego Chargers (2016-17) and Cardinals (2017).

In addition to the numerous promotions, the Cardinals also made the defensive line coach hire of Matt Burke official on Tuesday.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals tight ends coach Steve Heiden talks to his pass catchers during rookie minicamp F...
Tyler Drake

Report: Cardinals TEs coach Steve Heiden expected to join Lions

Arizona Cardinals tight ends coach Steve Heiden is expected to join the Detroit Lions, per ESPN's Dan Graziano.
10 hours ago
Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo of the Cincinnati Bengals argues a call during the first half aga...
Tyler Drake

Reports: Cardinals request head-coaching interviews with Bengals’ Anarumo, Callahan

The Cardinals have reportedly requested head-coaching interviews with Bengals coordinators Lou Anarumo and Brian Callahan.
10 hours ago
Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles is pressured by L'Jarius Sneed #38 of the Kansas City Chi...
Alex Weiner

Super Bowl LVII matchup set: Eagles to face Chiefs at State Farm Stadium

Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale will be a showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. 
1 day ago
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Josh Johnson du...
Alex Weiner

Eagles OLB Haason Reddick wreaks havoc in NFC Championship Game vs. 49ers

Haason Reddick's heroics in the NFC title game got the attention of his old Cardinals teammates, including Chandler Jones.
1 day ago
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy warms up before the NFC Championship NFL football game ...
Alex Weiner

49ers’ Brock Purdy suffers elbow injury in NFC title game, undefeated streak ends

49ers QB and Gilbert native Brock Purdy suffered an elbow injury in the NFC Championship Game, and his unbeaten run as a starter ended.
1 day ago
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton calls out from the sideline in the first half of an NFL f...
Wills Rice

Cardinals candidate Sean Payton: ‘In the next week we’re gonna know a lot more’

Cardinals fans are anxiously awaiting a new head coach to take over the reins of the organization after four years under Kliff Kingsbury.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals promote WRs coach Shawn Jefferson, 4 others