What a few weeks for Kliff Kingsbury. After getting fired by Texas Tech following a 5-7 season, Kingsbury was since hired by the USC Trojans as their offensive coordinator, but now is reportedly finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, per Peter Schrager of NFL Network.
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) January 8, 2019
The Cardinals are clearly looking for a quarterback whisperer for Josh Rosen, the rookie quarterback out of UCLA. Kingsbury’s history in grooming young quarterbacks is well regarded between Johnny Manziel during his time at Texas A&M, where Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator. Then, most notably, Patrick Mahomes, who is now tearing up the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs who earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC, along with true freshman Alan Bowman this season with the Red Raiders.
Rosen was the 10th pick in last year’s NFL Draft and struggled. He only completed 55% of his passes with 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, as the Cardinals went 3-13 to finish last in the NFC West. Arizona does have the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
To go from a 35-40 career coaching record, and 19-35 conference record, at Texas Tech to an NFL head coach is not the kind of thing you see every day.
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