The Arizona Cardinals have entered their second weekend since the firing of former head coach Ken Whisenhunt and virtually all of his offensive staff. Since then, there has been no shortage of speculation about who will take over as head coach, several confirmed interviews and multiple others reported, but the team, it would seem, remain no closer to making their final decision. Many fans have praised the team for not rushing headlong into a poor decision, and taking their time to do what team president Michael Bidwell would call his "due diligence".
Nonetheless, as time drags on, fans have been forced to watch as potential head coach targets have been snapped up, and assistants rumored to fill out the Cardinals staff have been signed elsewhere. Some are now starting to hope that maybe the team is close to making a final decision, and ready to get on with the tough task of filling out the remainder of the offensive coaching staff. Certainly, the team have no shortage of qualified candidates available, so today, we look at each of those who remain in the running.
Ray Horton - Defensive Coordinator. Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals News: Steve Keim Promotion May Signal That Cardinals Are Close To Naming Known Candidate as Head Coach.
The Arizona Cardinals have made their first hiring since firing their general manager and most of their offensive coaching staff, promoting Steve Keim to general manager. The promotion was not particularly surprising, given that the other candidate named—Morocco Brown—was a virtual unknown interviewed seemingly only to fulfill Rooney's rule. Keim was well known to be on a path to a GM's job, and was reportedly in the running for several other positions had the Cardinals not made him the offer. Keim had, according to president Michael Bidwell, always felt like a natural fit, and had even sat in on head coaching interviews in advance of his promotion.
Nonetheless, naming Keim as general manager before announcing a head coach, or even the completion of all interviews, may indicate that the organization have already zeroed in on a candidate who is already familiar with Keim, and whom he is comfortable with. Though outside interest in Keim may have forced the Cardinals hand, both the San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars—with whom Keim had been linked—hired others for their GM positions implying that, perhaps, the Cardinals needn't have rushed.
It's only been a matter of days since "Black Monday" and the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, and almost the entirety of his offensive staff. In the days which have followed rumors have abounded about who will take responsibility for rebuilding the Arizona Cardinals. And while it remains early days, two candidates have quickly taken the front runner positions, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
While Reid quickly became reporters favorite to win the job following Whisenhunt's firing, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton was considered the sure-thing beforehand.
It's only been a matter of days since "Black Monday" and the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, and almost the entirety of his offensive staff. In the days which have followed rumors have abounded, and speculation about who will take responsibility for rebuilding the Arizona Cardinals. And while it remains early days, two candidates have quickly taken the frontrunner positions, Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Reid was widely reported to be the leading candidate in Arizona, with early reports suggesting that his hiring was a done deal, and that everything else was mere formalities. In the hours which followed much has been said and done which poured cold water on the early excitement, and most have stepped back from the sure-thing position they preciously held.
However, at the same time, Reid was always one of three coaches the Cardinals had initially named in their search, along with Horton and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and according to all official sources, nothing has changed. The Cardinals still intend to interview Reid, and he remains a real contender.
Arizona Cardinals News: Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton To Undergo Second Round Of Interviews With Team For Promotion
Amongst all of the speculation that former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid had the job locked up in Arizona Cardinals, several facts went largely ignored.
Most significantly, perhaps, is the fact that the team quietly interviewed their current defensive coordinator Ray Horton to discuss the possibility of his promotion. While some speculated that this was merely a formality, to satisfy the so called Rooney Rule, and allow them to get on with the business at hand, namely interviewing and hiring Reid.
However, the Cardinals put paid to that idea scheduling an in-depth second day of interviews with Horton sandwiched between his interviews with the Cleveland Browns Thursday evening, and his scheduled visit with the Buffalo Bills later today.
According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, Horton's second day of interviews will be lengthy and in depth, the type which usually only take place if the team were very seriously considering offering someone the job.