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Kingsbury backs out of talks to be OC of Raiders

Reported by ESPN:

Kliff Kingsbury has withdrawn himself from consideration for the Las Vegas Raiders‘ offensive coordinator position, his agent Erik Burkhardt told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sources told ESPN on Thursday that Kingsbury was expected to be hired under head coach Antonio Pierce.

Kingsbury, 44, was one of four candidates who interviewed for the vacant position during the past two weeks, along with Luke Getsy, Alex Van Pelt and Mike Sullivan. Van Pelt has since been hired to be the New England Patriots‘ offensive coordinator.

Kingsbury worked last fall with USC‘s Caleb Williams, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner, as the Trojans’ QB coach and senior offensive analyst. Kingsbury also drafted Kyler Murray when he was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and coached Patrick Mahomes in college when he was head coach at Texas Tech.

The Raiders went 8-9 last season, with Pierce as the interim coach benching incumbent quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and inserting rookie Aidan O’Connell and guiding the Raiders to a 5-4 finish, including going 3-1 against the AFC West with a win at the conference champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Information from ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez was used in this report.