reports former cardinals head coach kliff kingsbury hired as commanders offensive coordinator

Reports: Former Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury hired as Commanders offensive coordinator


Kliff Kingsbury is now set to join Dan Quinn's staff in Washington.

Kliff Kingsbury is now set to join Dan Quinn’s staff in Washington. (Michael Miller/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Kliff Kingsbury is set for his return to the NFL.

Kingsbury has agreed to a deal to join the Washington Commanders as their next offensive coordinator, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Kingsbury marks the first major hire of Dan Quinn’s tenure with the Commanders.

Specifics of his deal are not yet known, though it’s reportedly a three-year contract.

Kingsbury was expected to take over as the offensive coordinator with the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this week under new head coach Antonio Pierce. On Saturday, however, Kingsbury reportedly withdrew his name from consideration after a breakdown in contract negotiations. He then quickly became a favorite for the job in Washington.

Now, Kingsbury will join the Commanders under Quinn, who took the job after spending the past three seasons as the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator. Quinn and the Commanders were also reportedly interested in UCLA head coach Chip Kelly, San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Brian Fleury and others for the job.

The Commanders also hired their new defensive coordinator Sunday night. The team struck a deal to bring in Joe Whitt Jr., according to Rapoport. Whitt last worked with Quinn as a passing-game coordinator and secondary coach. He was set to interview for the defensive coordinator position with the Cowboys on Monday.

Kingsbury, 46, spent six seasons as the head coach at Texas Tech, where he worked with both Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield. He last spent four seasons in the league as the Cardinals’ head coach, and he compiled a 28-37-1 record. The team reached the playoffs just once and went 4-13 in his final season with the franchise before he was fired last January. Kingsbury, who spent this last season working as both USC’s quarterbacks coach and an offensive analyst, also interviewed with the Chicago Bears for their offensive coordinator position this coaching cycle.

Kingsbury will now be tasked with turning around the Commanders’ offense and quarterback Sam Howell, who is set to enter his third season with the team this fall. The Commanders went just 4-13 last season before they fired head coach Ron Rivera. Howell, who took over as a starter for the first time in his career, threw for 3,946 yards with 21 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

The Commanders have the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft later this spring, too, so they could move to draft a replacement quarterback for Howell — including USC quarterback Caleb Williams, who spent last season working with Kingsbury in Los Angeles. Yahoo Sports’ Nate Tice had Williams going to the Commanders in his latest mock draft.

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