Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s potential return to the NFL might be an unexpected one. The Chicago Bears are interested in Kingsbury because projected No. 1 pick Caleb Williams wants him. The move is clearly about making Williams comfortable should the Bears draft him No. 1 overall in April. As offensive coordinator, Kingsbury doesn’t seem like a bad choice but despite having an 11-win campaign in Arizona, that situation fell apart fast during his last year with the Cardinals.
Kingsbury’s appointment as the Cardinals’ head coach was a surprise to many, especially after a disappointing tenure at Texas Tech. Despite coaching Patrick Mahomes in college, Kingsbury to the Cardinals felt like a stretch. After his departure from Arizona in January of last year, heading back to the college ranks for a few years seemed like a good fit. Now, with the Bears potentially pushing Justin Fields off to another team to make room for Williams, the organization is on the brink of another franchise-altering decision.
Ending the cycle of head coaches and quarterbacks is crucial for Chicago. Finding a combination that works for the long-term is the ultimate goal for the team. Unfortunately, the city has been stuck in a cycle of coaching changes for far too long, and it remains to be seen whether Kingsbury is the one to break that trend.