After initially being denied permission to speak to USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, the Jets reportedly have interviewed him.
The Athletic reported the Jets and Kingsbury were meeting Monday afternoon. This comes after he was blocked from talking to NFL teams last week by USC, where he was hired a month ago. It is unclear whether Kingsbury resigned from USC or the school relented and gave teams permission.
A school spokesman would only say, “He’s still listed on our website’s Athletic Department staff directory.”
The 39-year-old former Texas Tech coach has become a hot name during this coaching cycle.
The Cardinals reportedly are also interested in interviewing Kingsbury. ESPN reported that Kingsbury is the prime candidate for the Cardinals’ job.
Kingsbury went 35-40 in six seasons at Texas Tech before he was fired in November. He was hired by USC a few weeks later after flirting with a few NFL teams.
Kingsbury is seen as an offensive coach on the rise. His offenses at Texas Tech were high scoring. He coached NFL quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb with the Red Raiders. Jets safety Jamal Adams celebrated the interview news on Twitter.
“Yessssssssssiiiiiiirrrrr *Quavo voice,” he wrote. “I’m just happy that my guy gets an opportunity, that’s all! I support him no matter what! LUV.”
Kingsbury actually was on the Jets briefly in 2005. He played in his only NFL game with the team, completing one pass.
If Kingsbury does not wind up with a head-coaching job, he should have opportunities to become an offensive coordinator. Pro Football Talk reported Sunday night that the Patriots would have interest in him replacing Josh McDaniels if McDaniels becomes a head coach.