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Kliff Kingsbury

Head Coach

College: Texas Tech

Hometown: New Braunfels, TX

Experience: 7 years



  • Became an NFL head coach when hired by the Cardinals on January 8, 2019. Kingsbury came to Arizona after spending six seasons (2013-18) as the head coach at his alma mater, Texas Tech.
  • Since joining the team in 2019, has helped the Cardinals increase their win total by multiple games in each of his first three seasons.
  • After inheriting a team that – in 2018, the year prior to his arrival – had the NFL's worst record and league's 32nd ranked defense, Kingsbury guide Arizona to a playoff berth, 11 wins and a top-10 offense in 2021. The Cardinals ranked in the top-10 in in total offense, passing offense and rushing offense last season.
  • Arizona had the NFL's 8th ranked offense in 2021 after finishing with the 6th ranked offense in 2020. It marked just the second time (2015-16) since relocating to Arizona in 1988 that the Cardinals had a top-10 offense in back-to-back seasons.
  • The Cardinals offense has ranked top-10 in total offense, offensive TDs, rushing yards/game and rushing TDs in each of the last two seasons (2020-21).
  • Arizona finished the 2021 regular season with 6,352 total net yards, the second-highest total in franchise history. The Cardinals had 4,276 net passing yards and 2,076 rushing yards in 2021, marking just the second time in franchise history (1984) that Arizona had 4,000+ net passing yards and 2,000+ rushing yards in a season.
  • Under Kingsbury (2019-21), the Cardinals have posted 400+ yards in a game 20 times, which ranks 5th in the NFL. During that same span, Arizona has posted 400+ yards and 30+ points in a game 14 times, tied for the 4th most in the NFL.
  • Arizona ranked 10th in the NFL with 2,076 rushing yards and 3rd in the NFL with 23 rushing TDs in 2021. It marked the third consecutive season (2019-21) the Cardinals ranked in the top-10 in both categories. Dating back to 2019, the Cardinals are one of just five teams (Baltimore, Tennessee, San Francisco, New England) with 6,000+ rushing yards and 60+ rushing TDs.
  • The Cardinals have rushed for 2,000+ yards and 20+ TDs in each of the last two seasons, marking just the second time in franchise history (1948-49) the team accomplished the feat.
  • Arizona led the NFL with an 8-1 record on the road in 2021, setting a new franchise record for road wins in a season. The Cardinals became only the third team in NFL history to win seven consecutive road games by 10+ points.
  • The Cardinals have committed just 54 turnovers in three seasons under Kingsbury. In that span, only Green Bay (37), New Orleans (43) and Seattle (51) have fewer. Arizona's 15 turnovers and four fumbles lost in 2021 were both the fewest in a season in franchise history.
  • Recognized as one of the profession's brightest and most-innovative offensive minds, Kingsbury has built a reputation for his work with QBs. Under Kingsbury's tutelage, Arizona QB Kyler Murray – the #1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft – was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 and has been named to the Pro Bowl each of the last two years (2020-21).
  • Among the QBs Kingsbury mentored in the college ranks were first-round selections Patrick Mahomes (2018 NFL MVP and Super Bowl LIV MVP), Baker Mayfield and Johnny Manziel as well as Case Keenum, Davis Webb and Nic Shimonek. Under Kingsbury's guidance, Mahomes (2016) and Keenum (2009, '11) both led the nation in passing.
  • As the head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury served as the play-caller for one of the college football's most explosive and productive offenses. The Red Raiders featured a passing attack that ranked in the top-10 in the country in all six seasons of his tenure.
  • In eight seasons (2011-18) as a head coach/offensive coordinator at the college level, a Kingsbury-led offense never finished outside the top-20 in the nation in total offense and never finished outside the top-15 in passing offense.
  • Kingsbury also coached at Texas A&M (2012) and at the University of Houston (2008-11) where he began his coaching career.
  • At both Houston (2011) and Texas Tech (2016), Kingsbury's offenses led the nation in total offense and passing offense.

Kliff Kingsbury was named Arizona's head coach on January 8, 2019 when he signed a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth. This past offseason, he signed a contract extension that will keep him in Arizona long-term. The 43-year old Kingsbury joined the Cardinals after spending six seasons (2013-18) as the head coach at his alma mater, Texas Tech. The New Braunfels, TX native is a 14-year coaching veteran who spent three seasons (2003-05) in the NFL as a player.

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