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Kliff Kingsbury’s contract with Cardinals is for four years with a fifth-year option

Kliff Kingsbury

There’s a new sheriff in town for the Arizona Cardinals and he comes in the form of former college football hotshot head coach, Kliff Kingsbury. On Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the USC offensive coordinator is the new sideline boss of the Cardinals.

The #AZCardinals are hiring Kliff Kingsbury as their new head coach, source said. It’s done and finalized.

Rapoport would later follow up on some key details of Kingsbury’s agreement with the Cardinals.

For the #AZCardinals and new coach Kliff Kingsbury, it’s a four-year deal with a fifth-year option. From Texas Tech to USC to the Cardinals. Unreal and fascinating.

Although the Cardinals have been linked to Kingsbury several times prior to Tuesday’s hookup, the hire still comes as a surprise to a lot of observers and fans. For one, Kingsbury hasn’t won anything significant during his coaching stint in college. He has a losing 35-40 record as the mentor of the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 2013 to 2018. Over that stretch, he led the Red Raiders to three bowl appearances, none of which was a major one. Moreover, he did not have a season wherein his team won more than eight games.

But it’s likely his perceived ability to unlock the full potential of a young quarterback that reeled Arizona into him more than any other quality he has.

Kingsbury was influential to the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield, Johnny Manziel, Case Keenum, and Davis Webb. Now, the Cardinals are hoping he could make Josh Rosen into a star, beginning in the 2019 NFL season.