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Kliff Kingsbury Headed Back Into NFL (Again)

Former Cardinals coach hired by Washington

Let's try this again.

A few days ago, former Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury reportedly -- and by many outlets -- had agreed to become the offensive coordinator of the Raiders. On Saturday, multiple reports said KIngsbury was withdrawing his name from Raiders consideration (with Kingsbury's agent acknowledged as the source.) By Saturday night, it was clear by reports that Kingsbury was a candidate for the OC job in Washington for newly hired coach Dan Quinn.

Then Sunday night, the reports came again, that Kingsbury had agreed to become the OC for the Commanders.

Washington has the second overall draft pick, so they -- unlike the Raiders -- are in prime position to get one of the best QBs. (The Raiders need a QB too but are drafting 13th.)

The big difference from a Cardinals' perspective? Had he gone to Las Vegas, it was going to be years before he might coach against the Cardinals. The Commanders, however, visit State Farm Stadium at some point in 2024.

IF you were curious what the first post said, here it is in all its glory:

Multiple reports on Thursday night said Kliff Kingsbury, former Cardinals head coach, was about to take the job as the offensive coordinator with the Las Vegas Raiders under newly hired full-time coach Antonio Pierce. Kingsbury had interviewed with multiple teams for OC jobs over the past couple of weeks.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter, who was the first to report Kingsbury was going to the Raiders, tweeted on Saturday that Kingsbury's agent said Kingsbury is no longer a candidate in Las Vegas.

(Before you ask, I do not know what that means for offset money, if anything, from what Kingsbury will make now and what he was still owed by the Cardinals after he was let go.)

Kingsbury spent this past season as an offensive consultant in college football at USC.

Who will quarterback the Raiders next season is up in the air -- they could get a free agent, there could be a trade. What Kingsbury does with his offense at a second NFL stop now that he doesn't have to coach the entire team will be something to watch.

But the Cardinals would have to do it from afar, unless there is a preseason game with the Raiders in the near future (certainly possible). The Cards don't play the Raiders again until 2026 at State Farm Stadium, and don't play in Las Vegas until 2030.

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury during the 2022 regular season game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023 in Santa Clara, CA.