The Washington Commanders have hired an offensive coordinator, replacing former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury with new head coach Dan Quinn and CBS Sports Lead NFL Insider Jonathan Jones. did. report.
And it didn't take long for the managers to bring in a new defensive coordinator, as Dan Witt Jr. followed Dan Quinn to Washington. nfl media The Kingsbury news broke not long after. Whitt served as the Cowboys' second coach and passing game coordinator under Quinn.
Kingsbury will be heading to Washington after negotiations with the Las Vegas Raiders broke down over the weekend. The Commanders own the No. 2 overall pick and have $73.6 million in projected cap space this offseason (per Over the Cap), a first under the Josh Harris ownership group. Adam Peters was hired as general manager, Quinn was brought in as head coach, and Kingsbury was set to make his next move.
Kingsbury served as USC's offensive analyst last season after being released from Arizona last January. He compiled a 28-37-1 record in four seasons with the Cardinals, going 11-6 and making the playoffs in 2021. After going 5-10-1 in his first NFL season, Kingsbury increased his win total by three wins each of the next two years.
However, things fell apart in 2022, with Arizona finishing last in the NFC West with a 4-13 record. Kingsbury previously served as head coach at Texas Tech and offensive coordinator at Texas A&M the year Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy.
As an offensive analyst at USC, Kingsbury spent a full season watching quarterback Caleb Williams, who was projected to be a top-three pick (at least) in the draft. The Chicago Bears have the No. 1 pick and already have quarterback Justin Fields on their roster, but they could trade Fields and select Williams.
If Chicago doesn't trade Fields, Washington is in a prime position to select Williams at No. 2, which would be a “reunion” with Kingsbury from last season.
Kingsbury will be required to improve an offense that finished 24th in points per possession (1.68) and 24th in yards per possession (26.9). The Commanders finished 23rd in offensive points per game (19.0) and yards per play (5.0).
Mr. Hoyt had worked with Mr. Quinn in Dallas for the past three years. In all three of those seasons, Dallas had a top-five defense in points allowed. Washington's defense ranked last in the NFL in both points and yards allowed in 2023.