The Most Coveted NFL Head Coaching Candidate

Nicholas Cothrel

One thing for certain about the NFL, it’s a quarterback driven league. NFL franchise’s are led by how far their quarterbacks can take them. Another important aspect is, who is coaching the quarterback and drawing up the plays?

Kliff Kingsbury is a name that constantly is being thrown around the league as a top candidate to land a head coaching job.

Kingsbury comes from Texas Tech, where he was the head coach and play caller for the Red Raiders for the last six seasons. He has recently taken the job at USC as their new offensive coordinator under Clay Helton. Although Kingsbury just joined the Trojans coaching staff in December, that doesn’t mean he won’t look towards moving into the NFL.

Initially USC had blocked Kingsbury from interviewing for head coaching jobs, but Fox’s Jay Glazer has reported that he has started the interviewing process with NFL teams. It was expected that Kingsbury would step down from his role at USC if the school continued to restricted him from communicating with NFL teams. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, reported USC gave him permission on Monday to interview with teams.

The Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets have expressed the most interest in bringing him aboard. He is going to interview with both teams this week. Both franchises have young quarterbacks looking to improve, coming off their rookie campaign. One thing that is clear, Kingsbury can coach the quarterback position.

Teams around the league are looking for the new-young innovator. They want what Sean McVay did for the Rams franchise. McVay caught the league by storm after being named the Los Angeles Rams head coach and getting them to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons with his young, innovated play calling.

Kingsbury has a proven history of getting the most out of his quarterbacks and seeing them succeed in the NFL. Most notably he mentored Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech who has emerged as an NFL star. He was Johnny Manziel’s offensive coordinator at Texas A&M in 2012 when Manziel won the Heisman trophy. Also, Kingsbury was the quarterback’s coach and offensive coordinator at Houston during Case Keenum’s college career.

Kingsbury posted a record of 35-40 as a head coach and 1-2 in bowl games. His only victory in a bowl game came in 2013 at the Holiday Bowl.

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