My advice to Texas Tech: Go get your old QB Kliff Kingsbury to be your next head coach.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 8, 2012
The current Texas A&M offensive coordinator is the guy that helped turn Heisman candidate Johnny Manziel into “Johnny Football” while orchestrating one of the more prolific offenses in the nation.
The former Red Raiders quarterback put up video game numbers when he starred under head coach Mike Leach and offensive coordinator Dana Holgerson.
He led the nation in completions and attempts his last three years on campus and led the nation in passing yards (5017) and touchdowns (45) as a senior before becoming a 6th round pick of the New England Patriots.
He was phenomenal as a player and has been an exceptional offensive coordinator, although he has only been a coach for five years after starting his career at Houston as a quality control assistant, en route to helping Case Keenum establish a number of passing records before following Kevin Sumlin to A&M.
However, we know he is a brilliant mind, but there are questions that need to be answered before he’s handed a job at Tech, or anywhere else for that matter.
Have to believe that Kliff Kingsbury is the guy Tech wants to replace Tubs. All well and good. Can he recruit and coach defensive players?
— Chuck Cooperstein (@coopmavs) December 8, 2012
These can be solved with hiring a veteran defensive coordinator and bringing in assistants with a great recruiting track record to round out his staff and aid him in his first season as a head coach?
Some may also wonder if his being a Leach disciple will be an issue in Lubbock, but it shouldn’t stop this school from hiring back one of their own because he’s the perfect fit–and if you don’t think so just watch Manziel’s highlights before the Heisman ceremony to convince you.
If you’re Tech officials wouldn’t you like your own version of Johnny Football playing in Lubbock?
The choice is easy. Hire Kingsbury.
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