Kliff Kingsbury anticipated to affix Raiders as new offensive coordinator: reviews

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By Calvin S. Nelson

Kliff Kingsbury is reportedly heading again to the NFL to affix Antonio Pierce’s workers on the Las Vegas Raiders as the brand new offensive coordinator, in line with a number of reviews. 

A deal is anticipated 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. 

Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals throughout the first half in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium Jan. 8, 2023, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Photos)

The Chicago Bears, homeowners of the primary general choice in April’s 2024 NFL Draft, additionally interviewed Kingsbury for a similar job on their workers, however he’s staying out west to affix 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 throughout the offseason. 

It’s additionally value noting Pierce was adamant about getting again to the run recreation, 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 recreation 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. 

Kliff Kingsbury clapping

Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury previous to the beginning of a recreation in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons Jan. 1, 2023, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Wealthy von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photos)

Kingsbury will work with Pierce and the remainder of the workers to see who will begin the season at quarterback, and it is honest 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 prime working backs within the NFL, desires a long-term deal. 

Nevertheless, the Raiders can slap the franchise tag on him once more.

Kingsbury ought to, nonetheless, sit up for working with receivers like Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers, who every performed nicely for the Raiders this season. Adams completed with 103 receptions for 1,144 yards and eight touchdowns regardless of the quarterback inconsistencies in 2023. 

Kliff Kingsbury vs Notre Dame

USC Trojans senior offensive analyst Kliff Kingsbury talks to his gamers throughout a recreation in opposition to the Notre Dame Combating Irish Oct. 14, 2023, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. (Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photos)

For a workforce 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 creating the Raiders’ offense a formidable group in 2024. 

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