Kliff Kingsbury’s lack of interest in other jobs could jeopardize his buyout

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Some may have gotten a chuckle out of the notion that former Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury plans to live it up in Thailand or wherever on Michael Bidwill’s money, while also ignoring opportunities to go to work for another team as an offensive coordinator. Bidwill may be laughing for a different reason.

The buyout that a coach gets when fired without cause usually has a significant string attached. Specifically, the coach can’t just sit back and collect the cash he would have earned without trying to earn some cash elsewhere. There’s an obligation to seek and accept alternative employment.

The ultimate question becomes the wording of the contract. But other coaching contracts include phrases like this: “Coach shall have the affirmative obligation to seek employment after such involuntary termination.”

So maybe Kliff should be a little more discreet when boasting about his plans. It’s one thing for Bidwill to chase Kingsbury around to ensure that he’s fulfilling his obligation to seek other work, that he’s trying his best to reduce his buyout by getting hired to coach somewhere else. It’s quite another if Kingsbury is flaunting the fact that he’ll get paid millions by Bidwill to do nothing.

Which, based on yesterday’s reporting, he seems to be doing.

26 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury’s lack of interest in other jobs could jeopardize his buyout

  1. OR maybe Kinksbury just needs some R&R after working for that terrible franchise the last few years.

  2. I’d like to see that kind of language tested in court. The team fired the Coach. What the Coach does after he’s no longer employed shouldn’t be the business of the organization who opted to fire him without cause.

  3. But if it has language like that, it says nothing about the fact he has to do it immediately. If the guy works 20 hours a day for a few years, he’s entitled to take a vacation for a few weeks or even a couple months. His mental and emotional health is important. Especially after coaching Kyler Murray for years.

  4. Texas Tech needs a “consultant” to review game tape where the individual can work from home or Thailand.

  5. He’s not partying down in Thailand. He’s doing his research from beach to beach + bar to bar to see if the TFL(Thailand Football League) is a viable proposition?

  6. Bidwell chose the qb over the coach clearly ! Then why give him an extension last year till 2027 off of three subpar years? Whoever coaches the Cards will have issues with Kyler Murray. He was given way to much money off of an average body of work . Good for Kingsbury – no one knows the specifics of the contract.

  7. This whole situation is hilarious. Kingsbury was in over his head and Bidwell is a horrible owner. They were perfect for each other and even in parting they’re a joke.

  8. Interesting. He doesn’t have to take any of the jobs offered. Say he declines saying he will only take a HC job. Can’t be forced to take a coordinator position. He can also make high compensation demands. At worse here Kingsbury could just agree with Bidwell to take slightly less than the payout.

  9. It wouldn’t be tested in court. It would be resolved by the Commissioner. Guess who wins that fight?

  10. This doesn’t hold water. They can’t force him to take a job especially a non head coaching gig. He can simple tank the interviews or demand full roster control and not get hired. He deserves every penny in his contract. If he’s wanted by multiple teams as an offensive coordinator, what does that say about Kyler? The team chose the wrong man, and now will pay them both.

  11. Mike is 100% correct, I doubt Arizona would take him to court immediately but if a year had gone by and he has turned down opportunities they could seek to void whatever money is owed. The Clippers sued former Coach Bill Fitch over the $4,000,000 they owed him after they fired him. They settled the case but it can happen and with the amount Kingsbury is owed I’m sure Arizona is going to seek remedy to reduce their financial liability.

  12. A contract is a contract.

    It says that a termination requires the terminated to continue receiving the agreed upon amount of pay be by demonstrating pursuit of gainful employment.

    Both parties signed it.

    Therefore, Kliff better not stay in Thailand for too long.

    End of story.

  13. Charlie Weis is going to weigh in on this with Bob Papa, perhaps tomorrow morning. He’s spoken to Belichick, The Patriots would be happy to let Kliff consult remotely.

  14. No headcoach has to take a coordinator job after being fired no matter what the contract said and he can absolutely be a consultant in Thailand or the moon.

  15. Kingsbury was hired because Kyler Murray needed the same kind of offensive scheme he ran in college. That’s what the Cards got. Didn’t work. They’ve gotten rid Kingsbury but not the reason they needed a college offensive scheme.

  16. No matter what you think or write. Or what he does in the public eye, proving he is not seeking other equal employment ( he will not have to accept a lower level positon in most cases), will be almost impossible to actually prove. All he has to do is be making phone calls or even Zoom calls and emails. Not much Bidwell will be able to do no matter how he flaunts it. That is what happens when you hire a bad coach in the first place.

  17. lawrence stacy says:
    January 16, 2023 at 8:01 am
    No matter what you think or write. Or what he does in the public eye, proving he is not seeking other equal employment ( he will not have to accept a lower level positon in most cases), will be almost impossible to actually prove. All he has to do is be making phone calls or even Zoom calls and emails. Not much Bidwell will be able to do no matter how he flaunts it. That is what happens when you hire a bad coach in the first place.
    It would be very easy to prove, NFL owners are franchisees, similar to McDonald’s Arizona could simply take him to arbitration and he would be forced to produce any relevant documents or communication to employment opportunities he’s be presented. They could also call other NFL GM’s into the hearing and ask directly did you make a formal offer of employment.

  18. After surviving that train wreck of a franchise I’d take a hella long vacation too.

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