Tom Brady of New England Patriots Responds to Kliff Kingsbury Buzz

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BOSTON (WEEI.com) -- Could one of Tom Brady's former backups soon be his offensive coordinator?

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Sunday the New England Patriots are preparing for Josh McDaniels to leave after this season and a name to keep an eye on to replace him is Kliff Kingsbury, whom the Patriots selected in the sixth round of the 2003 draft. Kingsbury served as Brady's backup that season before being released the following summer.

Kingsbury, who recently was named USC's offensive coordinator after a long run at Texas Tech as head coach, has received interest from a number of NFL teams as a head coach, but USC reportedly has denied those requests to interview.

Brady wasn't surprised at NFL teams being interested in Kingsbury.

“With Kliff, I played with Kliff and we have been friends ever since," Brady said on "Mut & Callahan" on Monday morning. "I see him from time to time. Danny (Amendola) keeps in touch with him. He’s been a friend of mine for a long time. Kliff has done a great job at Texas Tech and I know he’s at USC, but it doesn’t surprise me that a lot of teams are interested. He’s just a great football mind and will be successful wherever he’s at.”

Kingsbury, who is just 39 years old, could quit USC and then be free to interview with any team.

By Ryan Hannable