USC is reportedly blocking Kliff Kingsbury from interviewing with the Jets, but could Bill Belichick be Bill Belichick and swoop in to steal him?
With the Patriots preparing to lose offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to a head coaching job — just a year after he pulled out of the Colts’ job at the 11th hour — they may try to replace him with Kingsbury, according to ProFootballTalk.
Kingsbury was fired as Texas Tech’s head coach in November following a third straight losing season, but he is viewed as a bright offensive mind. He took a job as USC’s offensive coordinator last month, and while the school has reportedly denied the Jets and Cardinals a chance to interview him for their vacant head-coaching positions, Kingsbury could find his own way out by resigning and paying a low buyout fee, per PFT’s Mike Florio.
Tom Brady, who was briefly teammates with Kingsbury in 2003, is a fan of the former Texas Tech quarterback.
“I played with Kliff, and we’ve been friends ever since,” Brady said Monday on Boston’s WEEI radio. “I see him from time to time. [Former Patriots and Texas Tech wide receiver] Danny [Amendola] still keeps in touch with him. He’s been a friend of mine for a long time.
“Kliff has done a great job at Texas Tech, and I know he’s at USC, but it doesn’t surprise me that a lot of teams are interested. He’s just a great football mind, and he’ll be successful wherever he’s at.”
Jamal Adams also has thrown his support behind the Jets finding a way to hire Kingsbury, who has coached some talented quarterbacks.
“He’s an offensive-minded coach. He’s going to bring swagger,” Adams said last week on WFAN. “He’s going to develop Sam into a great quarterback. Look at his track record, man — Johnny Manziel, Pat Mahomes, Baker Mayfield. Look at what he did at Texas A&M, the offensive background. Come on, man.”