Kliff Kingsbury now the Arizona Cardinals Head Coach

Arnold Nichols
January 10, 2019

The Arizona Cardinals have hired Kliff Kingsbury as head coach. And it is easy to see why a team in their situation would be interested in an offensive innovator.

The timing might be flawless for him as the dynastic New England Patriots look to be trending downwards.

Last week, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com listed his top 25 rookies of 2018 and Rosen did not make the list. Kingsbury, however, saw the talent and the potential, and that quickly came to bear during the end of Mahomes' true freshman season.

One of the main reasons why the Green Bay job is so now attractive (outside of the prestige) is the presence of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who, in spite of all of the heat he took for his performance this year, remains one of the best signal-callers in the league. After finishing 3-13 with one of the worst offenses in league history, the Cardinals are desperate for a spark. When DeBoer took over at Eastern Michigan in 2014, the Eagles ranked No. 124 in total offense. The Cardinals have always been troublesome for Seattle, but they were at their most problematic under offensive guru Bruce Arians.

Instead, that job arrived before anyone apparently expected - and was bigger than most observers thought possible, with the Cardinals making an unconventional hire of a college head coach coming off three straight losing seasons and a 35-40 overall record.

Kingsbury and Spavital were on staff together at Houston in the mid 2000's. At the NFL level, he could focus more on the football aspect of the job.

Seven other teams are still in need of a head coach, but McDaniels told reporters on a conference call Tuesday morning that he's not going anywhere. But that speaks to the importance of offensive innovation in the modern game.

Kingsbury, also a former offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, where he worked with Johnny Manziel, replaces Steve Wilks, who was sacked after going an NFL-worst 3-13 in his one season in Arizona.

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