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Raiders hire Kliff Kingsbury as offensive coordinator

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Las Vegas Raiders have hired Kliff Kingsbury as their offensive coordinator. He returns to the NFL with this move.

Kingsbury was in college football last season. He served as a Senior Offensive Analyst with the Southern California (USC) Trojans.

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New Raiders head coach Antonio Pierce chose Kingsbury over Chip Kelly. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Raiders interviewed the UCLA Bruins head coach twice.

Kelly was open to a return to the NFL, according to Rapoport. But Pierce ultimately chose to hire Kingsbury as his offensive coordinator.

Last season, Kingsbury helped the Trojans coaching staff led by Lincoln Riley. He helped mentor Caleb Williams, who is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick by either the Chicago Bears or another team with a trade in April’s Draft.

Kingsbury has had high powered offensive attacks in his coaching career. Pierce and Kingsbury will have to figure out their quarterback position.

Jimmy Garoppolo signed with the team last season. However, after Josh McDaniels was fired, the Raiders benched Garoppolo.

It would not be surprising if the Raiders try to move him this offseason. Or release him.

The team also has veteran Brian Hoyer, who will be a free agent in March. Also, Aidan O’Connell was a rookie last season.

Kingsbury has been known to run the “Air Raid” offense. However, he and Pierce will have to decide what type of offense to run next season.

Kingsbury was previously the Arizona Cardinals from 2019 through 2022. He also was the Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach from 2013 through 2018.

In addition, he was previously the Texas A&M Aggies offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2012 season when Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. He also served as the Houston Cougars co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

He began his coaching career with the Cougars as their Offensive Quality Control Coach in 2008 and 2009.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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