GLENDALE – Cardinals offensive assistant Mike Bercovici may have a few years left in his coaching career with Arizona, but in terms of his time in the Valley, the Arizona State alum has won ten times as a head coach.
And Kliff Kingsbury knows it.
“We call him a local celebrity. … I really took an approach with the offensive unit, if you ever come out with it, it’s like the Pied Piper around here, so you play second base,” Kingsbury said Monday. It’s clear that ASU has status that will go a long way in Scottsdale.
Showing off his head coach on a night out on the town, Bercovici leaves his mark on how he goes about his business on the field.
“He has a good football mind. I think the biggest thing I’ve noticed early on is just the relationship with the players,” Kingsbury said. “They respect how he carries himself.
I think he’s done a good job of building a good relationship in the building and with the players and they know he’s worked his tail off and how he coaches. … There’s a level of trust he’s built with the guys.
Originally joining the coaching staff in 2020, the former signal caller was promoted from coaching assistant to offensive assistant this offseason.
After working with quarterbacks last season, Bercovici now turns his attention to tight ends.
“He knows the offense inside, so it’s great to have him in our room now, because you get a new perspective on what they think, what we have to think about,” tight end Maxx Williams said.
“It also makes him a more well-rounded coach because now he’s getting more into the tight end and blocking and knowing more things. It was great to have him in the room. “