Kliff Kingsbury felt disconnected when he came back to coach Sunday.
A positive Covid test forced Kingsbury to distance himself from the players and coaches for an entire week before getting cleared at the last minute to coach. Now, Kingsbury is Covid-free and can connect with his players again at practice.
But with an upcoming Thursday night matchup with the Packers, Kingsbury still isn’t able to do everything he wants, not with practices basically glorified walkthroughs.
“Just executing the plays at the tempo you’d like to,” Kingsbury said. “As a coach, you like to see things at full speed — the timing and the spacing of it. But everyone is going to deal with it. The main thing is the player’s health. Getting them recovered, rested, and ready to roll again – in such a short amount of time.”
Both teams will play two games in five days, leaving less time to discuss what happened on Sunday and prepare for Thursday.
“You have to move on quickly,” Christian Kirk said. “The biggest thing is who can recover the fastest and be the most prepared. So, it’s about making sure guys understand the scheme and know what we’re trying to do – because we won’t have much practice.”
“It’s a race to game plan and it’s a race to get healthy,” linebacker Jordan Hicks said. “A lot of mental work compared to having a normal week.”