After the Washington Commanders hired Kliff Kingsbury to be their offensive coordinator, the talk about the team potentially trading up for the no. 1 pick to draft Caleb Williams gained plenty of steam.
Nonetheless, for those expecting to see the Commanders trade up shouldn’t have their hopes up.
Kliff Kingsbury Hired as Washington Commanders Offensive Coordinator
Kingsbury is serving as the Commanders’ OC, becoming the first major hire of new head coach Dan Quinn. The former USC coach was initially expected to join Antonio Pierce and the Las Vegas Raiders, but a breakdown in contract negotiations led to Kingsbury withdrawing his name from the job.
He quickly joined the Commanders, bringing in plenty of experience in the process. Kingsbury was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2019 to 2022. Prior to that, he was the head coach of Texas Tech, and also held coaching gigs in Houston and Texas A&M.
The Commanders are expected to draft a quarterback this 2024, and with Dan Quinn more focused on defense, it only makes sense for the team to chase for a proven coach to be an offensive coordinator.
Washington Commanders Trading Up in the 2024 NFL Draft?
The Washington Commanders own the no. 2 pick in the upcoming draft, so trading up shouldn’t take a lot, especially if they really desire to reunite Caleb Williams and Kliff Kingsbury.
While it certainly makes sense for the Commanders to pursue Williams, the talks about the Washington franchise trading up might be being overplayed. According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, there are some within the organization who are interested in getting Williams.
However, if the Chicago Bears are unwilling to part ways with the pick as they look to get Williams, then the Commanders would rather focus their efforts somewhere else.
Here’s what Graziano’s intel revealed:
“I have been cautioned by multiple people not to jump to conclusions about the Commanders’ hire of former USC quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury as it pertains to the Commanders’ interest in USC quarterback Caleb Williams. Yes, there are those in the Commanders organization who are fascinated with the idea of drafting D.C. native Williams, even if that means trading up from No. 2 to No. 1 to get him. But they also recognize that if the Bears are set on taking Williams at No. 1, there might be nothing they can do about that.
The sources I’ve talked to point out that North Carolina’s Drake Maye played in Phil Longo’s offensive system in 2022, which is a version of the Air Raid that Kingsbury knows how to coach. They also point out that LSU’s Jayden Daniels is a mobile quarterback and talented downfield thrower who could mesh well with Kingsbury, who has coached Kyler Murray and Mahomes. I would expect the Commanders to look into what it would take to draft Williams, but I’d caution against thinking they hired Kingsbury based on any belief or certainty that they were going to get him.
As Graziano mentioned, the Commanders can still take either Jayden Dayniels or Drake Maye with their pick. Washington will likely do their due diligence on Williams, but fans shouldn’t think that the Kingsbury hiring is related to that. It’s not.
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