Steelers will talk to former Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury about offensive coordinator job, according to report

It appears the Pittsburgh Steelers are ramping up their search for an offensive coordinator. According to Peter King of NBC Sports, the Steelers will talk to former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury about the position. Via 93.7 The Fan,

Kingsbury, 44, was Arizona’s head coach from 2019-22. The Cardinals compiled a 28–37–1 record over that span, which included a playoff berth in 2021. Kingsbury spent the past football season as USC’s senior offensive analyst.

The Steelers’ potential interest in Kingsbury may be related to his experience working with Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who was a rookie when Kingsbury arrived in Arizona. During their four seasons together, Murray earned two Pro Bowl awards while becoming one of the NFL’s top dual-threat quarterbacks. In 2021, he joined Kordell Stewart and Cam Newton as the only quarterbacks in league history to throw for at least 20 touchdowns and score at least 10 more in the same season.

Kingsbury’s playing career actually included a year as Tom Brady’s teammate in 2003. While he spent the year on injured reserve, Kingsbury still won a Super Bowl ring that year while closely watching the greatest quarterback in league history in his prime. ,

Prior to coaching at Arizona, Kingsbury was the head coach at his alma mater, Texas Tech, from 2013–18. The Red Raiders played in three bowl games in that span and compiled an overall record of 35–40.

In college, Kingsbury played under Mike Leach, one of the most innovative offensive-minded coaches of modern times. During his three years as Leach’s starting quarterback, Kingsbury threw 91 touchdowns against only 39 interceptions. In 2002, he threw for 5,017 yards with 45 touchdowns and 13 picks. He won the Sammy Baugh Trophy that year, which is awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding passer.

Whoever is hired as Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator will be charged with helping develop Kenny Pickett, who followed an injury-plagued sophomore campaign after his promising rookie season. Pittsburgh’s offense features several notable players, including running backs Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren, wideouts George Pickens and Diontae Johnson, tight end Pat Freiermuth and offensive tackle and 2023 first-round pick Broderick Jones.

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