Raiders set to hire former Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury as offensive coordinator: Source

The Las Vegas Raiders are set to hire former Arizona Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury as their offensive coordinator, a team source told The Athletic.

Kingsbury’s spread offenses have been pass-heavy, dating back to his early days with Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, but he did rely on the running game more when calling plays for the Cardinals. Arizona finished in the top 10 in offensive yards in 2020 and 2021 and was also in the top half of the league in points scored in each of his first three seasons.

Kingsbury had a 28-37-1 record with the Cardinals and was one of five candidates interviewed for the Raiders’ offensive coordinator position. Mike Sullivan, Luke Getsy and Alex Van Pelt also talked with new head coach Antonio Pierce last week, and the NFL Network reported that Pierce met with UCLA coach and former Eagles coach Chip Kelly this week.

Kingsbury, 44, had success with Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech and Kyler Murray in his first couple of years with the Cardinals and would be a good pairing with a mobile, first-round quarterback. He returned from some time off after he was fired last year in Arizona to help out at USC in an advisory role, so there is a connection with potential No. 1 overall draft pick Caleb Williams.

Why the Raiders are hiring Kingsbury

The last time Kingsbury was an offensive play caller in the NFL, the results were mediocre. During his tenure as Cardinals head coach from 2019-2022, he also called plays on offense. During that stretch, Arizona averaged 23.6 points per game (15th). That’s a solid figure, but unspectacular.

Cardinals offenses under Kingsbury also had a habit of getting out to strong starts to the season before fading down the stretch. That’s usually a sign of an inability to adjust as defenses figure out your offensive scheme.

The Raiders are hoping that Kingsbury can perform at a higher level without carrying the burden of handling head coach responsibilities. As a former head coach, he’s another potential source of advice for Pierce to lean on as a first-year head coach. Most of Kingsbury’s success has come as a play caller at the college level in stints at Houston, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, but now he’s getting another shot to show what he can do in the pros. — Tashan Reed, Raiders beat writer

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