The Denver Broncos should at least invite Kliff Kingsbury in for an interview during their head coaching search. He could be the next offensive guru.
The Denver Broncos may be valuing experience in their head coaching search, but that should not prevent them from calling up former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Kingsbury will reportedly interview for the job openings in New York with the Jets and Arizona with the Cardinals, and if he’s taking calls from NFL teams, why would John Elway and the Denver Broncos not take a shot?
Kingsbury has some leverage with a job at USC waiting for him if he doesn’t get an offer from an NFL team he likes, but this seems like the ideal way to rectify the team’s decision to pass on Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay in 2017.
Kingsbury has been an offensive mastermind since joining the coaching ranks, with his very first offense as a coordinator in Houston (2011) ranking number one in the country at 49.3 points per game.
That offense, incidentally, was led by quarterback Case Keenum as well, so there’s familiarity between the Broncos’ quarterback and this prospective head coach.
While Kingsbury doesn’t have experience manipulating NFL defenses in recent years, arguably no offensive coordinator in college has been able to put together the kind of impressive resumé of Kingsbury, whose offenses have averaged over 500 yards and 40 points per game since 2011.
He put together top five offenses at Houston, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech. He’s coached so many notable quarterbacks and perhaps none more so than NFL MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes.
Kingsbury’s expertise in offense and specifically the quarterback position make him an ideal candidate in today’s NFL landscape, which has a clear emphasis on scoring the football as often as possible.
It would be a shame if the Broncos didn’t even entertain this idea, as Kingsbury has as much potential as any coach on this year’s somewhat slim market.
The Broncos shouldn’t value experience to the point that it would cost them a chance at this type of innovative offensive mind, someone who could help them keep up with the Joneses.