NBA icon Kevin Durant spoke for the entire Washington Commanders fanbase by outlining his excitement for what potentially comes next.
Kliff Kingsbury's arrival as Washington Commanders' offensive coordinator to work under Dan Quinn came with many layers attached. While his work developing young quarterbacks could be useful, many questioned whether he was deserving of such an opportunity after how things ended with the Arizona Cardinals.
Kingsbury's relationship with Caleb Williams was another potential reason touted behind the hire. They spent time together at USC last season. The promising signal-caller holds him in the highest regard. Something that's led to speculation that Washington is about to make a bold bid to bring the prospect home.
Doing that from No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft might be difficult. There aren't many mock drafts around that have Williams going anywhere but first. The only way Washington is going to guarantee the DC native is by trading up one spot with the Chicago Bears.
Kevin Durant eager to see what Commanders do next
Everyone is wondering what comes next. This includes perennial NBA all-star Kevin Durant, whose cryptic post on X (formerly Twitter) read the fan room perfectly.
Kingsbury's arrival is the talk of the town. If Williams does end up with the Commanders, this move will all but confirm the chess pieces were being moved long before. Adam Peters is known for being one or two steps ahead of the game. Josh Harris' ownership group is also looking to make a big splash this offseason. All the elements are in the equation to make such a move.
Washington's new offensive coordinator also got a glowing recommendation from none other than Patrick Mahomes. Despite preparing for this weekend's Super Bowl, the generational signal-caller took time during his media engagements to laud Kingsbury's influence on his early development based on comments via USA Today Sports.
"It’s someone who’s taught me a ton. He got me, kind of out of high school, where I was a baseball player trying to play football. Basically, trying to be on my own. You’re leaving the household and kind of being on your own, and he helped me become who I am today. I mean, I got a couple of other offers from some smaller schools. They were the one school. I credit Kingsbury; he was the one that came down, saw me, talked to me."- Patrick Mahomes via USA Today Sports
Whether it's Williams, Drake Maye, or someone else, Kingsbury's proven credentials to steer young quarterbacks on the right path will be vital for the Commanders. This bears more significance when one considers Quinn to be a defensive-minded head coach.
Kingsbury has an entire offense to manage, but the quarterback is king. Durant's excitement for the future and all the uncertainty that comes with it are sentiments gripping the fanbase currently. An interesting few weeks and months await as the Commanders look to put the right foundations in place for a successful future.
Buckle up, it's going to be another rollercoaster ride. Fortunately, there are far more qualified people making important decisions than at any stage during Dan Snyder's reign of incompetence.
And who knows, maybe this Kingsbury-Williams topic is merely a smokescreen. Time will tell on that one.