Kliff Kingsbury is reportedly heading again to the NFL to hitch Antonio Pierce’s employees on the Las Vegas Raiders as the brand new offensive coordinator, in response to a number of stories.
A deal is predicted to be finalized quickly, NFL Community reported.
Kingsbury served as USC’s senior offensive analyst and quarterbacks coach final season, working alongside the projected No. 1 general decide, Caleb Williams.
The Chicago Bears, homeowners of the primary general choice in April’s 2024 NFL Draft, additionally interviewed Kingsbury for a similar job on their employees, however he’s staying out west to hitch an intriguing offense.
When Pierce was named interim head coach after Josh McDaniels was fired, he went with rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell over veteran Jimmy Garoppolo, who signed with the membership for 3 years through the offseason.
It’s additionally price noting Pierce was adamant about getting again to the run sport, and Kingsbury is well-known for his Air Raid offense that made him common with Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield at Texas Tech as their head coach and at Texas A&M with Johnny Manziel.
He introduced that offense to the Arizona Cardinals, the place he served 4 seasons as head coach earlier than being fired in 2022.
His offense ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, in complete yards per sport in 2020 and 2021 with Kyler Murray at quarterback, although struggles emerged in 2022, particularly since Murray tore an ACL in opposition to the New England Patriots to finish his season prematurely.
Kingsbury will work with Pierce and the remainder of the employees to see who will begin the season at quarterback, and it is truthful to say there will likely be a contest on the place come coaching camp.
There’s additionally the query of what the Raiders will do with Josh Jacobs this offseason after slapping him with the franchise tag for 2023 following his rookie contract. Jacobs, like different high operating backs within the NFL, needs a long-term deal.
Nonetheless, the Raiders can slap the franchise tag on him once more.
Kingsbury ought to, nevertheless, sit up for working with receivers like Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers, who every performed properly for the Raiders this season. Adams completed with 103 receptions for 1,144 yards and eight touchdowns regardless of the quarterback inconsistencies in 2023.
For a crew trying to make some noise in a tricky AFC West that now consists of Jim Harbaugh in Los Angeles and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs making the Tremendous Bowl once more, Kingsbury has a tall job of constructing the Raiders’ offense a formidable group in 2024.