Kliff Kingsbury’s fate has been up in the air over the last few days. The former Texas Tech head coach had reportedly been denied permission to interview with NFL teams by USC, the school that had recently hired him as offensive coordinator.
Something changed in the last 48 hours. Kingsbury spoke with the Jets yesterday and the Cardinals today.
We can now officially cross his name off the list of Jets candidates as Arizona has hired him.
A new King in the Nest.#KardsGotKliff— Arizona Kardinals (@AZCardinals) January 8, 2019
Reading the tea leaves, it seems as though the Jets made a push to hire him before he agreed to join Arizona.
Just heard that Kliff Kingsbury may still be visiting with the Jets and not yet in Arizona. And all that that potentially implies.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 8, 2019
Kliff Kingsbury wil be in tonight for his interview with the Cardinals. According to sources in New York, Jets are pushing hard to get him to be there next head coach did not want him to make the trip to Arizona— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) January 8, 2019
It’s kind of tough to believe a coach who was just fired in the Big XII and drew no interest for another college head coaching job was such a commodity for NFL teams. In any event, Arizona has its new coach.
In other news, the Jets interviewed Todd Monken today.
UPDATE: We have completed an interview with Bucs OC Todd Monken for our head coaching vacancy.— New York Jets (@nyjets) January 8, 2019
Monken was the last reported candidate who had yet to speak with the Jets. That means we should have some news soon either in the form of new candidates, second round interviews, or a hire.