(8) Todd Bowles
Current Position: Defensive Coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals
- 14 years as an NFL assistant coach
- 8 year NFL career, including 7 years with the Redskins
- Started his coaching career under Al Groh and has been in the Bill Parcells tree
- Highly respected defensive backs coach
- Has coached under Parcells and Bengals DC Mike Zimmer in Dallas
- Played under Joe Gibbs and George Seifert and understands what it takes to be successful
- Was a defensive backs and defensive coordinator under Doug Williams in college
- Was an assistant head coach/defensive backs coach in Miami
- Interim head coach in Miami for 3 games, went 2-1
- Has had a very impressive defensive performance with the Cardinals this season despite multiple suspensions and key injuries.
- Young coach (50 years old), could be with the team for a number of years
- Has coached in both the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses
(9) Kliff Kingsbury
Current Position: Head Coach for Texas Tech
- 3 year starting QB at Texas Tech
- Threw for 12,000 yards and 95 TD's
- Held 7 NCAA FBS records at the time when his career was done
- Drafted in the 6th round by the New England Patriots in 2003
- Was in the camps or practice squads of the Saints, Broncos, Jets and Bills over the next few years
- Played in both the NFL Europe and CFL briefly
- Starting coaching at Houston under Dana Holgerson and Kevin Sumlin in 2008
- Promoted to Offensive Coordinator/QB coach in 2010
- In 2011, as the play caller, Houston went 13-1 and had their highest BCS finish ever
- Case Keenum set NCAA records for yards and TDs that season under Kingsbury
- Kingsbury was named Offensive Coordinator of the year by Football Scoop
- Moved on to Texas A&M in 2012 with Sumlin
- Helped Johnny Manziel become the first freshman to win the Heisman and helped the Aggies compete in the SEC their first season.
- Despite young inexperienced QB's, turned around the Texas Tech offense this season, his first as the head coach.
- Coached the Red Raiders to a 7 win season, above preseason expectations
- Young coach with plenty of upside and knowledge of a spread system
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