Patriots rumors: New England could hire Kliff Kingsbury as OC if Josh McDaniels leaves
Back in 2003, the New England Patriots selected a quarterback named Kliff Kingsbury in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. But, at the time, the Patriots had a young signal-caller by the name of Tom Brady under center, so Kingsbury never got a chance to actually play.
Kingsbury’s NFL career never got off the ground in general, leading to him pursuing coaching opportunities on the NCAA level.
Well, now, Kingsbury may get his shot to coach on the NFL level, and it may be for the very team that drafted him: the Patriots.
The #Patriots are preparing for the departure of Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels to either the #Browns or #Packers and could pursue Kliff Kingsbury to replace him, per @ProFootballTalk Mike Floriopic.twitter.com/cgFuXuXktp
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 6, 2019
With current New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looking primed to take a head-coaching job somewhere, the Patriots’ offensive coordinator spot will obviously be empty, opening the door for someone like Kingsbury.
There is a catch, though. Kingsbury just took the job as USC’s offensive coordinator last month, and USC athletic director Lynn Swann is blocking teams from interviewing Kingsbury for coaching positions.
Now, Kingsbury could still leave the Trojans, which would probably have to come via buyout, but it could create a rather sticky situation overall.
Still, the thought of Kingsbury calling plays for Brady is undoubtedly interesting.
The Patriots’ offense ranked fifth in the league in yards this season, averaging 393.4 yards per game. They also ranked fourth in scoring at 27.3 points per contest.
New England won 11 games this year, capturing the AFC East division title for the 10th straight season. The storied franchise also earned a first-round bye and will take on the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs next week.