1. Kliff Kingsbury
When Kliff Kingsbury was fired by Texas Tech following a 5-7 record, he was originally hired to be the offensive coordinator at USC. He quickly resigned and wound up interviewing with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals for their head coaching vacancies.
He wound up taking the Arizona job where he spent the next four seasons. Kingsbury, who was instrumental in their decision to draft Kyler Murray and give up on Josh Rosen, showed progress for the first three seasons.
Arizona won five games in 2019, then improved to eight wins in 2020, and 11 in 2021. That season ended with a first-round playoff loss but the future seemed bright as they had a top-five offense and several returning stars.
Things fell apart quickly as the Cardinals finished 4-13 this year and were anemic on both offense and defense. This led to his firing after the regular season but as is often the case, putting all the blame on one person isn’t the answer.
Arizona had injuries to deal with at key positions with Murray and Marquise Brown missing time. There was also a six-game suspension early in the year for DeAndre Hopkins.
With all that being said, Kingsbury is still a brilliant offensive mind who also spent time playing and coaching the quarterback position. He would be a huge benefit for Dak Prescott especially when it comes to using the quarterback’s athleticism and running ability to threaten defenses and open up even more creativity in the offense.
Of all the candidates, he would be the splashiest hire but would also have the most competition. But that’s never stopped the Jones family from making it happen.