On Monday, the Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury after the team went 4-13 this past season.
Kingsbury was hired by the Cardinals ahead of the 2019 season after he was fired by Texas Tech.
At Texas Tech, Kingsbury coached Mahomes.
There’s a chance the Chiefs could need a new offensive coordinator this offseason if Eric Bieniemy is hired as a head coach.
Bieniemy’s contract is up after the 2022 season, so there’s also the chance that he might not return (rumors have persisted in recent years that he could leave Kansas City to prove himself away from Andy Reid and Mahomes).
If the Chiefs find themselves in a situation where they need a new offensive coordinator then Kingsbury would make perfect sense.
Part of the reason is because Reid and Mahomes are both fans of Kingsbury.
Earlier this season, Reid called Kingsbury a “tremendous guy”.
“Kliff is a tremendous guy,” said Reid in September. “He loved Patrick, he could tell he’d be a great professional football player — even though the offense was different — but you see that his offense has been very successful and you’ve seen Patrick be very successful.”
“He was great with it,” added Reid. “And I respect his input. It was one of the reasons we went after Patrick as hard as we did.”
Mahomes also had positive things to say about his former head coach.
“It’s someone that has taught me a ton,” said Mahomes while discussing Kingsbury earlier this season. “Not only about football, but about life. He got me out of high school, where I was a baseball player trying to play football, basically trying to be on my own… he helped me become who I am today.”
“I didn’t get recruited by [many schools],” added Mahomes. “I got a couple other offers from smaller schools in the Texas area…I credit Kingsbury, because he was the one who came down and saw me, talked to me, talked to my family and believed in me. That’s the reason I’m in this position — because he gave me a chance.”
Kingsbury will have no shortage of suitors when it comes to offensive coordinator jobs this offseason. But it’s hard to imagine a more attractive situation than reuniting with Mahomes.