Ken Whisenhunt is beginning to interview candidates for the vacant defensive coordinator job. How quickly that results in a hire is up in the air. Over the weekend, XTRA’s Mike Jurecki said the job was Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler’s to lose, but there are still hoops to be jumped there, not the least of which will be the length of the Steelers’ jaunt through the playoffs. (UPDATE: And maybe it won’t matter because Butler might not be able to come according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette h/t Kent Somers.)
UPDATE II: SI’s Jim Trotter reported that former 49ers DC Greg Manusky is interviewing with the Cards this week.
Given the potentially shorter offseason — and the desire in the past to have the Cards lean toward a 3-4 scheme — I expect whoever is hired to have the 3-4 pedigree. There are plenty of those guys out there.
It will be interesting to see how quickly everything comes together. It sounds like Ron Rivera will be the new coach in Carolina. There are still other head coaching jobs open (Oakland, Cleveland, Denver) and other staffs just being put together (Dallas, Minnesota, San Francisco). Always a lot of moving parts coaching-wise this time of year.
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