Kliff Kingsbury Reportedly Finalizing Contract to Become Cardinals Head Coach

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Kliff Kingsbury Reportedly Finalizing Contract to Become Cardinals Head Coach
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Texas Tech Kliff Kingsbury walks off the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas, in Lubbock, Texas. Former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury is again on the hot seat as coach of his alma mater. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson, File)

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Kliff Kingsbury is making the jump to the NFL

The former Texas Tech head coach and USC offensive coordinator is reportedly “finalizing a deal” with the Arizona Cardinals to become the team’s new head coach, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports. It will be Kingsbury’s first NFL coaching gig.

His career began as a player, as he spent four years as a quarterback for Texas Tech and parts of three seasons in the NFL before he played in Europe and Canada. 

The 39-year-old then moved into coaching, spending time on the staffs at Houston (2008-12) and Texas A&M (2012) in the college ranks before becoming head coach at Texas Tech. In six seasons guiding the Red Raidershe led the team to a 35-40 record and three bowl games (1-2). 

His tenure ended in disappointment, however, with three straight losing seasons. Kingsbury had just two winning campaigns in Lubbock. 

Nonetheless, he garnered a reputation as a cutting-edge offensive mind, and just over a week after he was fired at Texas Tech following the 2018 season, USC hired him to be its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. 

With the NFL knocking, though, Kingsbury saw his time in Los Angeles end before it began. 

Adding a bright, young offensive mind made sense for the Cardinals, who are grooming Josh Rosen as a franchise quarterback. Kingsbury already worked with players such as Case Keenum, Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes in college and was an NFL quarterback himself, however briefly, so he’ll be expected to get the most out of Rosen.

For a Cardinals team that finished last in both points and yards per game last season, upgrading the offensive scheme was a must. Given Kingsbury’s lack of NFL experience, however, bringing aboard a highly experienced defensive coordinator should also be a priority.

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