Cardinals hire ex-Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury

The Arizona Cardinals hired former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, a move aimed at providing guidance for young quarterback Josh Rosen and resuscitating the worst offense in the NFL.

The Cardinals announced the hiring Tuesday after a long interview earlier in the day. Kingsbury was to be introduced at a news conference at the team’s training facility in Tempe on Wednesday.

Kingsbury was fired after going 35-40 in six seasons at Texas Tech, but his teams were known for their high-scoring performances. His prize pupil in those days was current Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Tuesday’s hiring came barely a month after Kingsbury was hired as offensive coordinator at USC.

Kingsbury, also a former offensive coordinator at Texas A&M where he worked with Johnny Manziel, replaces Steve Wilks, who was fired after going an NFL-worst 3-13 in his one season in Arizona.

That means Kingsbury will take over a team with the No. 1 overall draft pick, along with a bevy of other picks and lots of salary-cap space.

Free beer here: On Sunday, the Bears lost a heart-breaker of a playoff game, as kicker Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field-goal attempt was tipped and clanged off the upright and the crossbar to end what had been a promising season.

On Monday, amid the social-media anger of fans, Chicago brewery Goose Island Beer Co. announced on social media that it would do its part to help fans understand the difficulty of nailing a 43-yard field goal.

The prize? A free case of beer each week for a year for anyone who makes the kick. On Saturday afternoon, Goose Island will erect a goal in front of its brewery. Signups to kick will run from noon until 1 p.m. Kicking starts at 1 p.m.

Briefly: Atlanta is bringing back two familiar names by hiring Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator and Mike Mularkey to coach tight ends. Koetter returns to Atlanta following four seasons as Tampa Bay’s head coach. Mularkey most recently spent two seasons as the Titans’ head coach. Koetter replaces Steve Sarkasian, who was fired following the Falcons’ 7-9 season. … New England placed tight end Jacob Hollister on injured reserve, replacing him with tight end Stephen Anderson, a Cal alum, from the practice squad.

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