Cardinals Hire Kliff Kingsbury As Next Head Coach



Ian Rapoport reports that a deal between the Cardinals and Kliff Kingsbury has been finalized and he is now their new head coach.

  • Adam Schefter adds that Kingsbury receives a four-year contract from the Cardinals that includes a fifth-year option for the team to pick up.
  • According to Rapoport, Kingsbury owes USC a $150K buyout to resign as offensive coordinator and become the head coach of the Cardinals. However, Rapoport says that the Cardinals are expected to handle this.

Peter Schrager reports that the Cardinals are finalizing a deal to make Kliff Kingsbury their next head coach.

Ian Rapoport confirms that a deal should be done shortly.

Kingsbury met with the Jets on Monday and reportedly impressed the team during the interview. However, he traveled to Arizona Tuesday morning for a meeting with the Cardinals and it looks like the two parties were able to hammer out a deal.

In total, the Cardinals interviewed five candidates for the job before settling on Kingsbury including:

  1. Former Lions and Colts HC Jim Caldwell
  2. Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor 
  3. Saints assistant HC/TEs coach Dan Campbell 
  4. Former Dolphins HC Adam Gase
  5. USC OC Kliff Kingsbury

Kingsbury, 35, was hired as the Texas Tech head coach back in 2013 and spent six years in the position before he was fired back in November. USC later hired him as their offensive coordinator.

During his six seasons at Texas Tech, Kingsbury led them to a record of 35-40 (46.7 percent), which includes three Bowl game appearances.

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