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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

NFL Coaching Candidates: Arizona Cardinals

 Wild on Sports
 
A look at the most likely candidates to be the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals

Front Runner:  
Andy Reid
Reid was let go by the Philadelphia Eagles after a very disappointing 4-12 season. Reid has 14 seasons as a NFL Head Coach under his belt with a record of 130-93-1 including a trip to the Superbowl and multiple trips to the NFC Championship game. Reid is widely considered the best coaching candidate on the market and will be a very hot commodity this off-season. Reid will be traveling to Arizona on Wednesday to interview with Cardinals officials. It has been widely reported that Reid has already begun reaching out to start building his coaching staff for where ever he lands. With Arizona already having a respectable defense in place and an All-Star WR in Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona would be a pretty good fit for Reid who would be able to mold his own starter (via draft or incumbent ex-Eagle Kolb) and build the team up quickly. Reid has a strong background of developing quarterbacks having been the QB Coach with the Packers with a young Bret Favre and drafting and developing Donovan McNabb into a Pro Bowler. We think it is Reid's job if he wants it. The Bears, Chargers and Chiefs are also rumored to be interested in his services.

In Contention: 
Ray Horton
Horton is the current Defensive Coordinator and only coach the Cardinals decided to retain following a disastrous season. Horton interviewed on Tuesday with President Michael Bidwill. Those conversations will continue Wednesday morning before Reid arrives in town. He led a Cardinals’ defense that was among the league leaders in several defensive categories despite having a 5-11 record. Horton had a ten year playing career with the Bengals and Cowboys as a cornerback. He has been an assistant coach in various capacities with Washington, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Pittsburgh before joining the Arizona staff. Horton has also been linked to the Browns and Bills openings.

Mike McCoy:
McCoy is the Broncos offensive coordinator and drawing a lot of attention for head coaching jobs. He has shown the ability to get the best out of QB's having sculpted Tim Tebow into a playoff QB and most recently helping Peyton Manning regain his Pro Bowl form. The Cardinals will take advantage of the two day window this weekend to interview McCoy (playoff bye week coach). His name is being linked to at least four other teams.

Long Shot Candidates:
Todd Haley - OC PITT
Bill O'Brien - Penn St
Jon Gruden - ESPN Analyst
Bill Cowher - CBS Analyst
Norv Turner - EX SD HC
Tony Dungy - NBC Analyst

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