Shannon Sharpe on why the Kliff Kingsbury hiring is a 'terrible' call

Posted January 10, 2019

In early December, Kingsbury was hired as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach of the USC Trojans.

The Cardinals see the connection between the quarterback mind and the success of his pupils as no coincidence.

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Kingsbury was sacked by Texas Tech after posting his third straight losing season.

After a one-year experiment with a defense-oriented coach in Wilks, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill acknowledged he got that hire wrong and vowed to get this one right. "That's something I think is important to have that relationship with the quarterback that's what I've always done", Kingsbury said. While Kingsbury would have a say in how his team is put together, he will not have to worry as much about the off-field considerations of building a franchise. His coaching career hasn't been great outside of New England. He particularly needs a strong coordinator for a defense that had its share of troubles a year ago trying to switch from a 3-4 to 4-3 scheme.

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McDaniels was rumoured to be a coaching candidate with the Cleveland Browns, but he denied having any contact with them. Rosen, who as a rookie took over as starter four games into the season, had an up-and-down year with no significant improvement. There is no coach in the game with a better pedigree of developing quarterbacks, especially in the principals of the spread offense which has become the offense du jour of the National Football League, than the man who helped develop Pat Mahomes, Mayfield, Case Keenum and Davis Webb.

Bruce Arians, 66, came out of a one-year retirement to fill struggling Tampa Bay's fifth coaching vacancy in a decade. Similarly, Fresno State ranked No. 127 in offensive efficiency in 2016, the year before DeBoer arrived, but it finished last season at No. 35.

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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Rhule interviewed with the Jets, and Baylor Athletic Director Mack Rhoades confirmed more than one team has interest in Rhule. Josh also reportedly turned down a request from the Bengals. But he's a bad head coach.