Kliff Kingsbury buys one-way ticket to Thailand, not interested in coaching yet

Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been approached by several NFL teams for an interview for their offensive coordinator vacancies, but has no interest in pursuing those opportunities, according to Peter Schrager , FOX Sports NFL insider.

Instead, Kingsbury bought a one-way ticket to Thailand and politely declined teams who approached him, Schrager said. Several reports have cast doubt on Kingsbury’s willingness to return to coaching in the NFL or college football in the near future.

Kingsbury, 43, was 28-37-1 in four seasons as Arizona head coach. He was fired Monday after Arizona finished 4-13 in 2022. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, who hired Kingsbury, also resigned Monday.

The Cardinals have already begun reaching out to candidates for Kingsbury’s replacement, including outgoing defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, as well as former New Orleans Saints head coach and current FOX NFL analyst Sean Payton.

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Kingsbury’s background as a dynamic play caller and notable branch of the “Air Raid” coaching tree propelled a meteoric rise through the coaching ranks. After leading dynamic offenses at the college level, including serving as offensive coordinator for Texas A&M during Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy campaign, former Texas Tech star quarterback under fire Mike Leach has returned to his alma mater. as head coach.

But Kingsbury went 35-40 in six seasons with the Red Raiders before being let go in 2018. He briefly served as USC’s offensive coordinator before the Cardinals signed him, hoping to pair his Air Raid offense with the No. 1 of the year in the NFL Draft. choice, Kyler Murray, who excelled in a similar system at the University of Oklahoma.

Peter Schrager provides update on Kliff Kingsbury

Peter Schrager provides details on Kliff Kingsbury’s whereabouts and explains why he is not interested in returning to training at this time.

Kingsbury and Murray had limited success together, however. The Cardinals got off to a 10-2 start in 2021, but went only 1-4 in their final five regular season games before being eliminated in the playoff round by the eventual Super Bowl champion. , the Los Angeles Rams.

Bruce Feldman, FOX Sports college football reporter reported earlier in the week that the Rams might want to bring in Kingsbury as an assistant coach if his friend Sean McVay chooses to stay on as Rams head coach. Although McVay is staying, it looks like he will have to look elsewhere to fill the vacant position as the team’s offensive coordinator following the departure of Liam Coen.

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