NFL Analyst Identifies USC Trojans Coach As Top Candidate For Raiders OC Job.

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USC Trojans Senior Offensive Analyst Kliff Kingsbury was among several candidates interviewed by the Las Vegas Raiders for their open offensive coordinator position last week. The list of suitors for the job is long and includes many well-known names, including current UCLA head coach Chip Kelly. Moe Moton of Sportsnaut identified Kingsbury as the most ‘intriguing candidate.’

USC Trojans Kliff Kingsbury Intriguing Candidate For OC

Moton cited Kingsbury’s keen eye for quarterbacking as one of the top-selling points for the former Arizona Cardinals head coach.

Moton writes, ” In 2012, as the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, Kingsbury worked with quarterback Johnny Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy that year. The Aggies tied Baylor for fourth in scoring and ranked third in total yards that season.

As Texas Techโ€™s head coach between 2013 and 2018, Kingsbury worked with former first-rounders Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes. 

The Raiders currently have Aiden O’Connell and Jimmy Garappolo at quarterback. But the Raiders could be eyeing a QB in the first round of the draft and may even trade up to get one of the top options of the 2024 draft.

As of today, Kingsbury is the front-runner for the job.

*Editor Update

After publishing, it was announced that the Las Vegas Raiders and Head Coach Antonio Pierce were moving forward with hiring Kingsbury as their next OC.

The Trojans are losing an offensive assistant and Lincoln Riley will look to replace him in the coming weeks.