4 offensive coordinator candidates the Chargers must avoid at all costs

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2. Kliff Kingsbury

Kliff Kingsbury has become a bit of a meme in the football world after it was reported by Peter Schrager that he told teams that he was not interested in interviews right now after buying a one-way ticket to Thailand.

Kingsbury will eventually be back to football and it could be as early as the 2023 season. Brandon Staley emphasized that the team is going to take its time vetting the best offensive coordinator options and that could open the door for Kingsbury to be a candidate.

Kingsbury may not have worked out as a head coach but he has ties to LA (being the short-lived offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans) and ignited one of the best offenses in college football when he had Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech.

Some coaches simply do not have what it takes to be an NFL head coach but can be great coordinators. Some would argue that is the case with Kingsbury but we have not seen enough to make that judgment. Someone like Frank Reich deserves that kind of assumption. Kingsbury does not.

The Arizona Cardinals have not necessarily been an offensive juggernaut (even at their best) despite having a lot of talent on that side of the ball. Even in Kingsbury's best season in 2021, the Cardinals ranked 11th in total points and eighth in yards. Not bad, but certainly not elite.