Kliff Kingsbury was expected to be a popular name on the offensive coordinator circuit, but it sounds like the former Cardinals head coach has no interest in returning to the NFL at the moment. Per Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com, multiple teams have reached out to Kingsbury about their OC vacancies. However, the coach has told inquiring teams that he “bought a one-way ticket to Thailand” and has no interest in interviewing at the moment.
Following a one-and-done playoff performance — his first postseason appearance in three seasons in Arizona — Kingsbury found himself firmly on the hot seat entering the 2022 campaign. We heard in December that the head coach was feuding with starting QB Kyler Murray, requiring passing game coordinator Cam Turner to serve as a buffer between the two. Kingsbury was also described as “miserable” as he dealt with injuries and a belief that he wasn’t provided the necessary resources to succeed.
Still, when the head coach was ultimately fired by the Cardinals, he was described as “surprised and distraught.” Considering the chaos and the ensuing fallout, it isn’t a huge surprise that Kingsbury will take some time to refresh. His four-year stint as Arizona’s head coach was preceded by a six-year stint as Texas Tech’s head coach.
If Kingsbury wanted to return to coaching, it sounds like he could have landed on his feet relatively quickly. We heard earlier this week that the Patriots had done some homework on Kingsbury, who was drafted by the organization back in 2003. The Patriots revealed earlier this week that they’ll begin offensive coordinator interviews following a 2022 season that saw Matt Patricia and Joe Judge lead the way.