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Kliff Kingsbury

Head Coach

College: Texas Tech

Hometown: New Braunfels, TX

Experience: 5 years

Biography

  • Became an NFL head coach for the first time when hired by Arizona on January 8, 2019. Kingsbury came to Arizona after spending six seasons (2013-18) as the head coach at his alma mater, Texas Tech.
  • In his first two seasons with the Cardinals, Kingsbury helped lead a turnaround that resulted in a two-win improvement following his first year in 2019 and a three-win improvement after his second season in 2020.
  • Arizona went from the NFL's 32nd ranked offense in 2018 to 16th in 2019 and then to 6th in 2020. The Cardinals went from the NFL's 32nd ranked run game in 2018 to 10th in 2019 and then to 7th in 2020.
  • In two seasons under Kingsbury (2019-20), the Cardinals have rushed for 4,227 yards and 40 TDs. Arizona joins Baltimore, Tennessee, San Francisco and New Orleans as the only five teams in the NFL to have rushed for 4,000+ yards and 40+ TDs during that span.
  • In 2020, Arizona finished top-10 in total offense (#6), rushing yards/game (#7), rushing TDs (#4) and offensive TDs (#10) while compiling 6,153 total net yards, the third-best season total in team history.
  • The Cardinals rushed for 2,237 yards and 22 TDs in 2020. It marked just the sixth time in franchise history – and first time since 1984 – that Arizona had 2,000+ rushing yards and 20+ rushing TDs in a season. In 2019, Arizona established a franchise single-season record with a 5.03-yard rushing average as a team.
  • Arizona has gone without a turnover in 10 games under Kingsbury, including a franchise-record seven games without a turnover in 2019.
  • 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's QB Kyler Murray – the #1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft – was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 and earned his first career Pro Bowl selection in 2020.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • While 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, ranked in the top-20 nationally for total offense in all six seasons and finished in the top-25 in scoring five times.
  • 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.

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