Former Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury flees to Thailand, avoiding other NFL job opportunities, report says

Former Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury flees to Thailand, avoiding other NFL job opportunities, report says

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days later his firing as Cardinals head coachKliff Kingsbury is attracting interest from across the NFL, with several teams targeting him for their offensive coordinator vacancies, according to Fox Sports. That doesn’t mean Kingsbury are set to return to the sidelines anytime soon. The 43-year-old coach recently bought a one-way ticket to Thailand, according to Peter Schrager, and respectfully declined all requests, telling teams he is not currently interested in coaching.

This echoes previous speculation from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, who suggested after Kingsbury was fired that the former Texas Tech coach was a candidate to step away from the game. Highly paid by Arizona, which last March signed the coach to a six-year contract extension until 2027, Kingsbury was seen as particularly worn down by the Cardinals’ tumultuous campaign in 2022, during which the he team went 4-13 and endured a number of off-court controversies.

In addition to potential coordinator jobs, Kingsbury’s ties to Texas have made him a logical candidate for the Texans’ current head coaching job. But other big-name coaches took a break, only to return to the sidelines later. Recent examples include the Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy, who spent the 2019 season away from the NFL after being fired from the Packers; Doug Pederson of the Jaguars, who took 2021 after leaving the Eagles; and Sean Payton of the Saints, who is interviewing for a new job after leaving New Orleans this season. Rams coach Sean McVay has also been thinking about retirement lately.

Kingsbury went 28-37-1 in four years as Cardinals head coach, guiding just one playoff appearance. He had previously gone 35-40 in six seasons as a Texas Tech coach.

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