Kliff Kingsbury is returning to teach an NFL offense in any case because the Washington Commanders are making him their new offensive coordinator beneath head coach Dan Quinn, per a number of studies.
It was an odd sequence of occasions that led to this hiring after Kingsbury was anticipated to affix the Las Vegas Raiders and head coach Antonio Pierce in the identical function.
Nevertheless, ESPN reported on Saturday that Kingsbury took himself out of the working, per his agent, Erik Burkhardt.
Kingsbury, a extremely regarded offensive thoughts who coached with Lincoln Riley at USC final season because the group’s quarterbacks coach, was additionally thought of the main candidate to affix Washington beneath Quinn, who’s again as a head coach after a number of years because the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator.
Kingsbury is now onboard, and it makes issues very intriguing for the Commanders and the 2024 NFL Draft.
Washington holds the No. 2 general decide within the draft after a horrendous season beneath Ron Rivera, who was fired as head coach. Rookie quarterback Sam Howell confirmed he can positively work a cross sport, however the Commanders as an entire want roster work.
Kingsbury labored carefully with USC quarterback Caleb Williams, who’s projected by many to be the primary general decide. Nevertheless, it’s the Chicago Bears who personal that decide.
May Kingsbury’s addition result in a commerce with Washington and Chicago to verify Williams is taking part in in a Commanders uniform subsequent season, furthering his work with Kingsbury?
That can seemingly be among the many speculations resulting in this rent. However till then, Kingsbury’s addition because the group’s offensive coordinator brings his signature Air Raid offense to a group ripe with younger expertise at vast receiver.
Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel did nicely in Eric Bieniemy’s offense, and Howell completed just below 4,000 yards in his first season.
Talking of Bieniemy, he’s technically nonetheless beneath contract with Washington, nevertheless it seems he’s going to wish to discover a new function within the NFL with Kingsbury aboard. So, groups nonetheless looking for an offensive coordinator may even see an skilled Bieniemy hit the open market.
Kingsbury additionally brings head teaching expertise to the desk in Washington after spending 4 seasons because the Arizona Cardinals‘ head coach.
The group averaged 23.6 factors per sport throughout his time on the helm. Kingsbury’s greatest season got here in 2021, when he helped carry the Cardinals to an 11-6 file and a postseason berth.