One NFL coach has been on the Jarrett Stidham bandwagon long before he was primed to succeed Tom Brady as the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots.

While speaking on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” Tuesday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury detailed his experience recruiting Stidham to Texas Tech, where Kingsbury served as head coach from 2013 to 2018.

“I have actually known Jarrett Stidham a long time. I recruited Jarrett Stidham to Texas Tech,” Kingsbury, 40, said. “He was committed to me for about a year, and so I have always had a high regard of him as a player and as a person. I know they are very high on him up there in New England. I am excited to watch him play. I cheer for Texas kids and I think he has the ability.

“It is going to be hard to replace the greatest of all time, but Josh (McDaniels) and those guys up there do a phenomenal job of developing QBs and if they feel confident in him, I feel confident in what they have going on. I am excited to watch him play.”

Stidham originally committed to Texas Tech but ended up starting his college career at Baylor before transferring to Auburn. Kingsbury recalled how Stidham could’ve gone to any school in the country out of high school.

“Tremendous skill set, great young man,” he said. “I am really fired up for him to get his opportunity.”

All signs have pointed to Stidham taking over the starting job in 2020, while veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer serves as his backup. The Patriots reaffirmed that notion when they didn’t draft any quarterbacks in this year’s draft or sign any other veteran signal-callers. They did add two undrafted free agents.

The Patriots are set to host Kingsbury’s Cardinals on Nov. 29 during the 2020 NFL season.

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