Highly Regarded Offensive Mind Attracts Interest
In a surprising turn of events, Kliff Kingsbury, a highly regarded offensive mind, is now being considered as the leading candidate to become the Raiders’ offensive coordinator, according to sources. Kingsbury has reportedly drawn interest from multiple NFL teams during the recent hiring cycle.
Raiders Considered Other Candidates
Prior to Kingsbury’s emergence, the Raiders interviewed former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, and Steelers quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan for their offensive coordinator opening. The team announced on Thursday that Van Pelt has accepted the offensive coordinator role.
It is unclear whether Getsy or Sullivan will still be considered in light of Kingsbury’s unexpected reversal.
A Proven Track Record
Kingsbury, who spent four seasons as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, has a proven track record. During his tenure, the team averaged 23.6 points per game. In 2021, Kingsbury led the Cardinals to an 11-6 record and a postseason berth.
His experience includes coaching 2019 top overall draft pick Kyler Murray in Arizona and helping develop two-time NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes during his college football days at Texas Tech.
Raiders’ Offensive Vision
Antonio Pierce, the Raiders’ interim head coach, expressed his desire for the team’s next offensive coordinator to be a “teacher” and emphasized the importance of running the football and the vertical passing game. Pierce hopes for explosive plays and creativity in the offensive strategy.
Uncertainty in the Quarterback Room
While the Raiders were hopeful that Kingsbury’s playcalling skills would benefit their quarterback in the upcoming season, the team’s quarterback situation for next year remains uncertain. The Raiders are expected to part ways with veteran signal caller Jimmy Garoppolo and may look to add another quarterback to compete with Aidan O’Connell.
With Kliff Kingsbury emerging as a leading candidate, the Raiders are eager to see the offensive coordinator who can lead them to success and align with their vision for an explosive and creative offense.