Stop Worrying, Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel Will Be Fine Without Kliff Kingsbury

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Stop Worrying, Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel Will Be Fine Without Kliff Kingsbury
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Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury

Texas A&M's dream season resulted in the dream job for its offensive coordinator.

Kliff Kingsbury, the former star quarterback at Texas Tech and first-year offensive coordinator of the Aggies, will take over the Red Raider program after former head coach Tommy Tuberville left to take the Cincinnati job, according to a release by the university.

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Kliff Kingsbury (left) with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel

In addition to making me feel very old, it's a great hire for the Red Raiders.

Under Kingsbury's guidance, the Aggies finished 2012 as the most potent offense in the SEC, averaging 552.3 yards per game. Quarterback Johnny Manziel burst onto the scene, setting the SEC single-season total yardage record with 4,600 yards en route to becoming the first ever freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Not bad bullet points to put on a résumé, to say the least.

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So what will come of the Texas A&M offense and quarterback Johnny Manziel now that Kingsbury is gone?

They'll be fine.

Not to discount Kingsbury's impact, because it was big—but it's still head coach Kevin Sumlin's scheme, and after this season's success, he'll have no trouble finding a qualified coach to step in and take the reins.

Kingsbury's coaching career began in 2008 as a quality control assistant on Sumlin's staff at Houston, but he didn't assume the co-offensive coordinator title until 2010. At that point, the Cougars offense was already cooking.

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With Dana Holgorsen controlling the offense, they finished 2008 as the nation's second-best offense at 562.8 YPG, and then followed it up by posting the top offense in the land in 2009 at 563.2 YPG—57.6 YPG more than second-place Nevada.

Sumlin's offense was fine before Kingsbury gained control, and it will be fine after as long as Sumlin is there.

Of course, convincing offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews to stick around for their senior seasons would certainly help.

As for Manziel, he doesn't seem worried.

There will be come pressure on the new offensive coordinator to keep the Manziel momentum going in the right direction.

Fair or not—and it's not—Manziel will be held to a higher standard now that his bookshelf is loaded with postseason awards.

But for prospective offensive coordinators, that's a good problem to have.

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