After Jets safety Jamal Adams intimated he thinks USC offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is the best candidate to coach the Jets next season, he explained why:
Because he can help develop Sam Darnold.
"He's an offensive-minded coach," Adams said on WFAN's "Carlin, Maggie and Bart" show, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "He's going to bring swagger. He's going to develop Sam into a great quarterback. Look at his track record."
Kingsbury, who worked with quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield at the NCAA level, will interview with the Jets, along with several other NFL teams, one of them reportedly being the Cardinals, according to the Los Angeles Times' J. Brady McCollough and Sam Farmer.
Of course, the Jets are interviewing multiple candidates as well. They interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy on Wednesday and also have former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase and former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on their radar.
But Adams thinks Kingsbury is the right person to help Darnold grow into a star quarterback.
"Help Sam out, man," Adams said. "Sam is going to be phenomenal. That's what people don't realize. Sam will be phenomenal. We have a franchise quarterback. He's going to do his thing. You bring an offensive-minded coach. The defense, we'll get that handled."
He coached Case Keenum at the University of Houston in 2008, helped Johnny Manziel win a Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M and also coached Mayfield as a freshman at Texas Tech, when Mayfield walked on as a true freshman and started its season-opener.
Two years later, he coached Mahomes, who totaled 4,653 passing yards and 36 passing touchdowns as a Red Raider. And now, Mahomes and Mayfield are two of the brightest up-and-coming quarterbacks in the NFL.
However, Kingsbury has a 35-40 record as head coach of Texas Tech and was fired after its third straight losing season.
Even so, Rams head coach Sean McVay said he believes Kingsbury can find success at the NFL level.
"I think he's a great coach," McVay said, according to the LA Times. "And he's got a nice presence about himself. Even when he came here this offseason just watching him interact with some of our guys, you know it's not really anything you can put your thumb on, but when you're around certain people, you can just get a feel that that guy's got some stuff to 'em, where people will follow him. So I've got a lot of respect for Kliff in that regard."
And Adams seems to think he's the right person to replace Todd Bowles.