The Arizona Cardinals were the final team to make their head coaching hire last offseason. Arizona went with first-time head coach Steve Wilks after spending just one season as Panthers defensive coordinator. Wilks lasted just a single season with the Cardinals before being fired. The Cardinals entered this offseason again in search of a new head coach. This time the team did not wait long. Arizona have reportedly agreed to terms with Kliff Kingsbury to become their next head coach.
News broke quickly after the 2018 season concluded in the desert. Moments after the team announced they had fired Wilks, rumors began to fly of which candidates would be brought in for interviews. Then the focus shifted to former Texas Tech University head man, Kliff Kingsbury. The former quarterback led his alma mater from 2013 through 2018 before being fired after this past season. He was then hired to be the offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans. However, the pairing ended up lasting a matter of just weeks.
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The news involving Kingsbury moved quickly. Reports came out just last weekend that USC had blocked any attempts for their coordinator to interview for positions in the NFL. However, the league came calling and the Cardinals among a handful of other teams looking to get an interview. Over the past 48 hours the picture became clearer as interviews were scheduled and USC allowed Kingsbury to interview. The rumors put the New York Jets and the Cardinals as the likely landing spots. Both teams have young quarterbacks and have moved on from defensive minded head coaches. Both teams have offenses in dire need of revamping.
By mid day on Tuesday reports came in saying the Cardinals were nearing an agreement with Kingsbury for the team’s head coach vacancy. It was a stunning turn of events as many had previously reported that Kingsbury wasn’t scheduled to speak with Cardinals management until later in the day. The Cardinals are expected to announce the hiring at a press conference on Wednesday.
ESPN has quoted Adam Schefter as saying Kingsbury will sign a four-year contract with a fifth-year option. No other details have been reported but Full Press Coverage will have updates throughout the coming days. What do you think about Kingsbury coming to Arizona? Can he turn things around for the Cardinals?