Ex-Cardinals Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury Joins the Commanders as OC

Kliff Kingsbury with Texas Tech in 2018
Kliff Kingsbury with Texas Tech in 2018. Photo by Matthew Lynch/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9928211u)

Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is back in the NFL. The Washington Commanders announced over the weekend that Kingsbury joined the franchise as offensive coordinator under new head coach Dan Quinn.

Kingsbury has been linked with several OC jobs across the league in recent weeks. He was close to becoming the new offensive coordinator for the Las Vegas Raiders at one point but ended up withdrawing his name from consideration after the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on the contract.

Now, Kingsbury will be tasked with leading the Commanders’ offense on a reported three-year deal.

The Commanders also filled the position of defensive coordinator, bringing in Dallas Cowboys’ secondary coach Joe Whitt Jr.

Kliff Kingsbury previously served as the head coach of the Cardinals between 2019 and 2022. In his four years with the franchise, Kingsbury had a 28-37-1 record, leading Arizona to playoffs in the 2021 season.

After being fired by the Cardinals following the 2022 campaign, Kingsbury served as the senior offensive analyst and quarterbacks coach with USC.

Kingsbury will now take on the challenge of improving Commanders’ offense and is expected to feature a new signal-caller next season. Washington currently owns the second overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft and is expected to take one of the top quarterback prospects, including USC’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye, and LSU’s Jayden Daniels.

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