PHOENIX – The New Arizona Cardinals coach, Kingsbury Cliff, wastes no time on his college coaching background to help him in the NFL.
Kingsbury said at the NFL Owners' Meeting on Tuesday that he will introduce "cell phone breaks". during team meetings. He did something similar while training at Texas Tech but will adapt it for NFL players.
"It is itching to achieve these things," he said.
Kingsbury lets players break their cell phones every 20 or 20 seconds for 30 minutes – which he calls a "good run" – around the time he usually begins to see players lose interest.
"You start to see how hands twitch and your legs shake, and you know they need social media fixes, so let's jump them there and then go back to the meeting and re-focus," said Kingsbury.
While Kingsbury has been training for the past six years, Kingsbury has seen first-hand how short the young football players are. Attention spans can be. Kingsbury said the average age in the NFL was 25, not much older than the players he coached in college.
Instead of asking them to sit longer distances, Kingsbury will adjust their meetings to maximize their focus.
"I think when you go from the college ranks to the young men, the young men just have to go to the other side for 20 minutes, give them a break and bring them back in," he said. "We want to make sure they're focused and locked up, and we're maximizing their time."
"If we need to split them up or have shorter meetings, that's what we do.
When Kingsbury pauses to check his phone, what does he look at?
"My favorite app to check? ESPN.com probably, "he said." Look at the results. March Madness scores ̵