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Bevell to join coaching candidates

Posted by Darren Urban on January 15, 2013 – 7:06 pm

On a day when Mike McCoy chose to take the San Diego job, the Cardinals added a new name to their list of candidates. Multiple reports have the Cards hoping to interview Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Bevell not only worked with Russell Wilson this year but was a long-time coordinator/QB coach with Green Bay and Minnesota while Brett Favre was playing in those cities. He also happens to be a local product, having gone to Scottsdale Chaparral High School, playing QB there for his father and coach, Jim Bevell.

Bevell is a finalist for the Bears job and the Jaguars also want to include him on their search. Kent Somers reported the interview is scheduled for Wednesday. There hasn’t been any official word from the Cards yet.

Besides Bevell, Steelers OC Todd Haley, Bengals OC Jay Gruden and Cards DC Ray Horton are the known available candidates for the Cards.

UPDATE: And during the night, it came out that the Cards had requested permission to talk to Colts OC Bruce Arians too.


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66 Responses to “Bevell to join coaching candidates”

  1. By Eazy E on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Dammit Arizona hire Horton for goodness sake. WTH are you waiting for? You lost out on Andy because he wanted ultimate control, McCoy didn’t want us as much as we wanted him clearly, so move the hell on. Horton was the BEST candidate anyway imo not named reid that we interviewed. He is so prepared and ready to go. One cardinal blogger and I forgot his/her name put out another good name in Jim Caldwell Baltimore’s OC. He has been a head coach and was very good when he had a ”decent” QB. Darrell Bevell wouldn’t be a good choice, I respect him but c’mon over Horton. Jay Gruden also is a known candidate Darren…

  2. By Blake Martin on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, have they eliminated Jay Gruden from their list of canidates?

  3. By tom on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! all ive heard is hawks fans rip this guy. jesus christ we suck at this! first we let reid go then we sit back as if we are some hot shot and let the CHARGERS GO PICK MCCOY UP and then they give him an offer too sweet to deny. is bidwill inept? does he not understand that hes gotta get out there and really pursue these guys and now hes not even gonna hire horton! WTF is he thinking! this is one of the most inept coaching searches ive EVER seen… he has NO IDEA what hes doing. now bevell? just shoot me. im a die hard cards fan and i can deal with lots of things but this is just getting out of hand. just hire horton and say forget it. we have missed out on the big names and now we are left to scrape the bottom of the barrel with a feint hope of someone fixing this offense… bidwill needs to realize we dont have a good reputation and hes gonna have to really overpay and be really aggressive to get a good hot name…..

  4. By Darren Urban on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Eazy, Blake —

    RE: Gruden

    Thanks for the catch. That’s what I get for trying to post while watching my son’s hoops game.

  5. By Blake Martin on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    I actually like Bevell as a coach. Why don’t you guy’s like Bevell?

  6. By Gianni on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Obviously dont get Jay Gruden. Have you looked at the bengals offense recently. They are terrible. Todd Haley just seems if he doesnt want to be in Arizona. I say go with Ray Horton He seems like an all around good coach.

  7. By dynasty1717 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    We’ve missed out on our reported top 2 candidates – Reid and McCoy. Since the Cards were not on top of things enough to land their assumed “Tier 1″ talent, why not widen the nets a little and interview several other candidates like the Bears and Eagles have? Bidwill himself said part of the process was to gain information. I think they like Horton, what he does as DC, and his leadership skills, but are probably really questioning his offensive coaching candidates and offensive philosophy. So why not interview people like Pete Carmichael (Saints OC)? Not that the Cards will ever see a Drew Brees look-alike anytime soon, but let’s face it – the Saints score big on almost any defense and a lot of it has to do with their innovative offensive game plan. If nothing else you could glean the guy for information. Then why not go old school and at least talk to Brian Billick? He has leadership skills and is definitely a “football guy.” Maybe he is not a good fit in the end, but why not talk to him? Then open up the checkbook to see if you could at least entice Jon Gruden into interviewing for the job. I think doing some serious due diligence at this point would at least rally the fan base a little more that defaulting to the “leftover” candidates.

  8. By Jtrain on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    The chiefs WENT to Philly and wouldn’t let Reid leave without a contract. The Chargers wouldn’t let McCoy leave without a contract. See the pattern here cards management? Stop kicking the tires on all these coaches and make an offer on a coach you think is dynamic enough to rebuild the offense. Otherwise, give the job to Horton already.

  9. By Patrick on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    I read on nfl.com that Haley asked for a lot during his interview. Probably wanted a lot of control and a lot of money. More Than likely he is out. I liked him, but seems like he thinks he is Bill Parcels without the track record.

  10. By Dynosoar on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    As long as Kurt Warner comes on board as OC I’m good with whomever is our HC. I believe in the Scout Law and it states a Scout is loyal. We should be loyal and hire Ray Horton as our HC.

  11. By wonderingwhy on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    I want to say some negative stuff right now but I am not going too. New Years resolution. We are going to be great next year, we are going to be great next year, we are going to be great next year.

  12. By Jordan on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Man, we need to get this done. Gotta get to work with the draft and the contracts. Although I do understand that this isn’t exactly a process that you wanna rush, I feel as if this is taking too much time now. We’re losing out on our top guys. Really hope Horton gets the job. 1

  13. By alexmannsportskings on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Honestly I think that Bidwill is doing the right thing. He knows Horton won’t be leaving this season, so he’s in no hurry to make a decision. He’s keeping a level head and not making an emotional decision. He’s doing his research and making sure he picks the right guy for the job. I respect him for that. There’s a reason he runs a football team and a reason he was a federal prosecutor. Even if he doesn’t hire any of these offensive coaches and hires Horton to be our HC, he now has some ideas about how to fix the offense. He’s doing his homework, so lets all chill out.

  14. By clssylssy on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    It seems one of our largest issues is MONEY. We haven’t been able to compete for any of the applicants we were interested in because, according to Mike Florio, the Cardinals aren’t willing to pay the going rate or give up the sort of control that Coaches expect to have. Given the fact that we don’t have a QB and have other glaring issues, applicants aren’t finding our HC position an attractive opportunity. While I am skeptical of anyone associated with the Seahawks Organization, Beveil’s credentials seem fairly solid and given he is from here, he might be able to form a connection. At this point, it seems we don’t have many options, and as time goes on they are becoming even fewer. I can’t imagine that this is boding well with Ray Horton who we are liable to alienate in the process.

  15. By Blake Martin on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    I think Ray Horton is a good coach and all but are offense is a glaring issue right now so by hiring a head coach that is defensively minded does not make a whole lot of sense to me. In my opinion the Cards need to do this: They need to retain Ray Horton at the defensive coordinator position at all costs (Maybe even promote him to assistant coach to satisfy him). Second the Cardinals need to find a coach that’s very offensively minded and has a track record of grooming or reviving quarterbacks. If the Cardinals do this and score big in the draft and free agency then we will have a playoff caliber team in the next couple of years.

  16. By D on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Well, Horton now understands that he is not going to get the HC job here, so this will be his last year in AZ. These candidates are a step down from Whiz. They shouldn’t have let Whiz go unless they had a upgrade, clearly they don’t and made a move to make a move…

  17. By bluepitt on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    @ Eazy E,
    Will you please tell me what Hortons Head Coaching qualifications are? No I didnt ask for his D qualifications but his body of work that shows he is going to be even a good HC? I want his body of work, not a year and a half with players like Dock, Wilson, Campbell, Rhodes, Peterson, Washington & Williams.
    I hope you can help me see why? Maby you can help the other Franchises (like
    Philly, SD, KC & CHI whome pay millions to the right guy) understand why they didnt or havent picked up horton yet?

  18. By Eric Hutchins on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Our offense struggled and our Fans want to hire a DC with one year of experience. A DC who could not control his players (Docket), a coach whose defense quit on him in the Seatlle game (please dont make excuses like the reason they quit was becuase of the lousy office, these are highly paid proffessionals, not high school students.
    A. Whiz should never have been fired, not one of the candidates discussed so far is an upgrade.
    B. If you are going to make that move (firing Whiz) then I think you MUST clean house. If you bring a new coach in on top of Horton, the new coach will struggle for full control, you will have a divided locker room and chaos.
    This is really turning into a mess IMO, that did NOT need to happen.

  19. By DanishCard on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Florio is a Cards hater. He has not noticed the number of big new contracts keyplayers have gotten in recently.

  20. By turningareddenedcheek on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    life long cardinal fan in Tucson here… What about Bruce Arians? The amount of responsibility this guy took on this past season shows he can handle adversity well… and lets face it as a cardinals fan i can swear this franchise is a life long test in adversity… and sadly if they dont make some changes for long term success I will no longer be watching or cheering for the red and white… so lets see how this coach search goes but if they dont bring in a solid leader ill put my signed larry fitzgerald mini football helmet from super bowl week up for sale because this is just sad anymore with how difficult it seems to get coaches into AZ even just to interview

  21. By Sabertooth on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    By the time Bidwel makes up his mind his new Head coach will not have anyone available to fill the rest of the coaching spots. Another lost year for the Cards thanks to mike.

  22. By exatraz on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Rumor through the grapevine is that Todd Haley asked for a ridiculous amount of money to be our HC and that is why the FO has been so stingy to talk about it. I don’t like the confrontational style of Haley anyway and want to keep Horton around, as HC that would be the best thing. Plus he sounds like he has a good plan already lined up.

  23. By Ezz on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t understand why everybody is in such a hurry, let them interview who they want so they can make the best choice for the team. With that being said, i understand that they’re doing their due diligence, but for people who said it didn’t matter which side of the ball the coach came from, they sure are interviewing a lot of offensive coaches. It doesn’t have to be an offensive coach making an offense better, in fact, right now i’d rather have a coach who knows his limitations on that side of the ball and lets coordinators do their job. I think that was part of the problem after Haley and subsequently Warner left, our OC position was as murky as the QB one with Whiz calling the shots before handing the reigns over to a Mike Miller who was clearly not qualified for the job. I loved Qhiz as a coach but he mismanaged the post-Warner era in just about every way he could.

  24. By desertspin on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Hope Bidwill/Keim are keeping Ray in the loop. There’s nothing worse after any job interview to be left hanging. And he’s too valuable to alienate. Gotta love him though – from the comments I’ve read, he just stays loose & refuses to allow any of this to shake his confidence. This man is special. The Cardinals would be a fool to lose him – this season or any season thereafter.

  25. By desertspin on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s just stop the dog & pony show & hire Ray – let him get his coordinators/coaching assistants on board.

  26. By Rick Von on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,
    Have you heard on when they plan to interview Bruce Arians? Any insight on why it’s taken so long to get an interview with him?

  27. By Louisville Card on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    @ Horton supporters

    I understand being faithful to a guy who has done a decent job, but Horton is never going to be the head coach. Horton is a great guy but he doesn’t like being on the sideline and how many head coaches have you ever seen not on the sideline?

    There is no reason to get upset either that someone hasn’t been hired yet, or because they missed out on McCoy. San Diego has a better QB so it was a more attractive offer. Pretty easy to see it wasn’t Bidwill’s fault, and Reid wanted total control not going to happen. Bevell actually look’s like a good candidate. The Seahawks offense looked great this year. Why wouldn’t you want someone that worked well with Farve, and turned Russell Wilson into what looks like a top 5 qb in the league. So before you call Bidwill inept look at the situation.

  28. By Luke on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I completely agree with ‘alexmannsportskings’. Bidwill stated at his first interview after sacking Whiz that he was going to do his ‘due diligence’ when looking at candidates. So far he is a man of his word and I respect that. He is finding out ideas from different coaches and doing his homework. Don’t berate the guy for wanting to know more. As he said, it’s as much a learning process for him as anyone else. Who are we on here to give anyone stick about deliberating over who coaches the franchise that they has invested their life into. I believe whoever he brings in, whether thats Horton or whoever, will be in the best interests of the Cardinals and getting us back to winning ways.

  29. By Cardsgirl on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I have always refrained from negative comments about the Bidwill family ownership of the Cardinals because I prefer to be an optimist in most situations, but this coaching search has hit a nerve. The Cardinals which had gained a lot of respectability in the league with the hiring of Ken Whisenhunt and his accomplishments while coaching the team is once again becoming a laughing stock in the league during this coaching search. Not only have they probably alienated the only good candidate who really wants the job, but they have begun to chase other offensive candidates who have been rejected by other teams. End this, Michael Bidwill, while there are still good OC, DC and position coaches for the new coach to hire. We have an excellent prospect in house who has proven himself in many ways, is loved by the players who also recognize he is a tough task master. Hire Ray Horton and let him find a good OC.

  30. By philly cards on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I think andy reid allowed the chiefs to do that when he heard about our coach spending cap. That’s fine I hate andy he’s the reason whiz lasted so long.

    Horton isn’t ready and its clear because hed be employed by now.so let’s get over that.

    I just hope the new guy brings something and isn’t fired quickly. Because bidwills won’t have ability to hope while they pay 2 guys at once

  31. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    If the Cards eventually hire Horton only after interviewing 5-6 other candidates, it’s going to be interesting to hear Michael Bidwill explain at the press conference how Horton was his number one choice all along and the best fit (and why he wasn’t hired sooner so he would have more time to get his coaching staff in place). Then there’s the whole question about possibly violating the spirit of the Rooney Rule as the Cards actions and the time that has passed since Horton was interviewed certainly indicate that Horton isn’t their first, second, or third choice for a HC. With Chicago hiring their new coach, only the Cards, Jacksonville and Philly are left.

    I think it’s fair to say that Horton will be coaching with a “chip” on a shoulder whether it be in Arizona or another team someday.

  32. By georgiebird on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,
    I read the posts with much amusement nowadays. Almost everyone seems to sound like me. It seems like the young guys who have followed the Cardinals for 5, 10, 15 years seem to be losing their sanity- that’s what being a Cardinals’ fan will do to you. The emotions of being a Cardinals’ fan seems to follow the following roller coaster ride:
    1) 1st five years – gung-ho
    2) years 5-10 – avid
    3) years 10-15 – hopeful
    4) years 15-20 – stressed
    5) years 20-25- skeptical
    6) years 25-30- depressed
    7) years 30-35- exhausted
    8) years 35-40- miserable
    9) years 40-45- cynical
    10) years 45-50 – shameful
    11) years 50-55- misunderstood
    Hopefully, I have made the journey in better shape than the younger Cardinals’ fans will. Condolences are in order.

  33. By Steve W. on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, all I’ve been reading about on these blogs is how the Cards need to change and hire the right coaching staff and now all this griping about how it’s taking too long and we’re looking at all the wrong people? I’m fairly confident that Bidwill is very keen on creating a winning organization, I don’t think he likes to watch the Cards lose any more than the rest of us fans. I suspect we didn’t let Reid and McCoy slip through our fingers because the right money wasn’t offered, instead I’m thinking it’s because the Chiefs and the Charges had more to offer those coaches in the way of player personnel in place and a great draft pick in the case of the Chiefs.

    I like Horton a lot, but I’m not entirely convinced he’d make a great HC. I am convinced, however, that whoever we hire as HC will only prove himself to be the right choice after a season or two of installing their own brand of football philosophy in the minds of the Cards players and coaching staff. No matter who is hired, only time will tell if the choice was a good one. Whether our new HC is Horton, Gruden, Bevell or someone else let’s have faith in Bidwill’s choice and give the Card’s owner a chance to do his homework and make the best decision possible.

    And whether Horton would feel ‘slighted’ by all this if he does become HC, I certainly hope he’s got thicker skin than that. I’m pretty sure that Horton knows that the NFL is a business. The Cards have shown as an organization in recent years that there IS loyalty to be had here, but there has to be some amount of cold, logical thought processes as well. That’s just the way it is, and I’m confident that Horton knows it well.

    So good luck to Mr. Bidwill in his choice selection. I truly hope it’s the right one for the Cards, both the players and the fans – whether we all agree with the decision or not. And GO CARDS!!!

  34. By bluepitt on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    @Cardsgirl,
    Please tell me how he has proven himself??
    One and a half seasons with a average to good D? Prior to that he was a Dbacks coach with Pitt? Under the Great Dick (lol) So in the NFL 2 years as a DC with half of one year being absolutly garbage and the other year watching the D loose games on big plays down field? Watching the D come apart in 2-3 Games watching him Just Crap on A-Dub (the only Card that has been and wants to go out a CARD!!!) He is still playing top 3 in the NFC and I dont care if he sucked and you had to help him out, he is the only Card in history not to abandon us for the Pay and Glory of top 5 teams! He cant keep Dock in line, or can he, and that was a slap at Whiz? hummmm?

  35. By Dynosoar on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    georgiebird,

    I’ve been a Cardinals fan since ’77, so I’m in the 8th stage of Cardinals fandom, however I vascilate between the 2nd and 3rd stage of emotion. Sometimes I’m Avid, sometimes hopeful.

    My fellow fans, hang in there. We’ll get our Head Coach and we’ll be back in the hunt. Wearing my jersey proudly. (Still two of my five family members have a team to root for for the SB. Next year, or the year after it’ll be my turn.)

    Go Cardinals

  36. By bluepitt on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Dear Mr. B,
    I hope this post finds you in good health, I was wondering when we the fans have proved to you that we are here in good as well as bad times? We sellout your venue’s even when we know there is no chance for victory. We buy all your gear we support the” laughing stock” of the NFL, We take crap from every other team’s fans, even the teams with a 2-14 record can laugh us out of a bar. But yet we are still here. Waiting on that Miracle Post season run that for just a second in time puts us on top, even if it is short lived.

    We hope and pray that the our beloved Cards will one day have the problem of being over the salary cap, having an over paid staff or at the least having as many coaches per position as the Great Patriots do (hint). We wonder why we cant have a team or a Culture of winning In AZ? People tell me it is the diverse population, but still the stadium sells out? Our team hires farm candidates to hopefully be great even at coaching positions. We wonder how a Coach with little to no experience will do, but in the end it seems to always be the same’ol Cards.

    Thank You
    A FAN!!!

    PS: Mabie all that I said above is the reason there is no real change? To much support so why change a thing that sells out every game? Humm

  37. By Bryan B on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I would really just like rant all the negative comments on how I think this coaching search is going. But if I were to be honest about it, its more of me being selfish in wanting to know now instead of being patient and having faith that bidwill/kiem will make the right decision.

  38. By Giorgio on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I think the Cards are doing a dance to buy time. They have their HC in Ray Horton, and just waiting for Norv Turner to come off vacation in Hawaii before he says yes to his pal Horton for the OC job. You will note that that nothing has been made public to date about Turner actually accepting the Cleveland job. Lots of reports floating in Cleveland, but… Let’s hope Ray has the Turner play up his sleeve. If so than he’s probably the HC w/Turner the OC. If not than he the DC for another year. Just a thought guys…

  39. By 949cardsfan on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Darren

    Whats your opinion on Potter or Levi being able to move inside and be productive there next season? IMO both Gaurds were horrible this season, and need to be replaced. I would love to see us take that big nasty Gaurd out of Alabama, Chance Warmack, with our 1st pick. These two moves would be a huge upgrade to our OL. BTW, do we have picks in every round this year?

  40. By Darren Urban on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    949cards —

    RE: OL/picks

    As of right now, don’t see them moving inside. Doesn’t mean they won’t. Let’s find out who the coach and OL coach are first.

    As for picks, I’m not sure at this point. After Jefferson trade, they might have, say, two fifths and no sixth. Not sure.

  41. By Chad on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,

    Do you know the process that Bidwill and Keim use to determine candidates? I’m sure you can only speculate but if they haven’t interviewed anyone for over a week, what are they doing in the meantime? Calling other coaches for recommendations? Is there an NFL.com coach job posting blog? Read articles from sports writer and bloggers? Seems that you would have to have your pulse on the league, team personnel, and team schemes. Given our patience, no FAs signings during the season w injuries, and the staff around Whisenhunt, and the draft…I would suppose we don’t know as much as we need to.

  42. By Campbells on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Kyle Shanahan has an impressive record. He developed RGIII very well, and he’s young.
    Why aren’t we interviewing him???

  43. By playans on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I am enthusiastic about the Darrell Bevell pick after researching him . He has a lot more experience than Ray Horton having been an OC for 6+ years with two different teams (Vikings and Sea Hawks). He mentored under Brad Childress and Pete Carroll. He can work with veteran QBs (Hasselback, Favre) to rookies (Russell Wilson). He is a player’s coach with a even keeled personality (he doesn’t get mad that often so when he is–watch out). He is smart and works hard. He also LIKES Arizona (born and raised in AZ) which makes getting him here so much easier. He is Mormon so I doubt we have to worry about any negative public behavior. Horton will be here at least another year so I say get Bevell and work on solving the offensive holes we have. It is strongly rumored that Norv Turner will go to the Browns because he is close to the new head coach so Ray Horton will not be able to get him as OC. Without a very strong OC (and many of the great candidates are now HC), Ray Horton could not improve the Cardinals as his background is not offensive.

  44. By Darren Urban on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Chad —

    RE: Process

    You are right, I’d be guessing.

  45. By CDJ on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,

    I saw a report that said we asked to speak to bruce Arians of the colts, is this true?

  46. By Safety Guy on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Darren
    Would Tom Moore be in consideration as OC by any of our candidates?

  47. By Karen on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    It has been a very disappointing three years! It’s extremely disappointing that we lost out on a number of very talented coaches! Until Bidwell is willing to give up the money and control we will always have a losing team! $750,000.00 is a slap in the face to the new GM, lowest paying GM salary in the league. As a season ticket holder it makes it difficult to want to continue to spend that money on a losing team!

  48. By Lou on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    HC job search = disappointment for this Cards fan. Is it just me or do we not have a sense of direction in this thing! We continue to add candidates to the list… why were they not candidates to start the conversation but now they are? Seems to me like we want what everyone else wants but don’t really know what we want. Case in point… Bevell, Gruden and Arians not original candidates but then they (coaches aforementioned) started getting pub then all of a sudden we want them too. Horton got 2 interviews, Gruden at least 1 and still out there, we don’t want them now cuz no one else wants them either him. We wanted McCoy didn’t make an offer Chargers were decisive and now have a coach.

  49. By Dennis on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Ray Horton is NOT the man for the Cards HC job. If he was in high demand he would have already been offered a HC job with one of the teams he interviewed with. Now Bruce Arians would be a very good pick and could turn this offense around. Maybe we can even get off the bottom of our Division next year.
    Chip Kelly went to the Eagles today, so we’ll see what impact he makes; but I have to believe it will be a positive one.

  50. By johnnybluenose on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    georgiebird. i don’t know how long you have been a fan but you definitely are cynical.

  51. By johnnybluenose on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    campbells. kyle’s daddy won’t let him leave home.

  52. By johnnybluenose on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    dynosoar. say goodbye to chip kelly. whoops, there goes another one.

  53. By Darren Urban on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    CDJ —

    RE: Arians

    No confirmation, but yes, I noted the report above.

  54. By Darren Urban on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Safety —

    RE: Moore

    No idea.

  55. By Darren Urban on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Karen —

    RE: Keim salary

    Both Kent Somers and Mike Jurecki have reported that the PFT Keim salary report was too low. Somers wrote Keim’s salary was near what Rod Graves was making.

  56. By Dave Chaney on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Will Bill Cowher come back earlier than he said??? Folks this is typical Big Red mentality. Don’t go out too aggressively, you might spend too much money. Bide your time and get the scraps after all the big dogs have taken the best. I never will forget when Bill Bidwill “fired” Don Coryell for wanting more control of the draft and then hired Oklahoma legend Bud Wilkinson who was a huge flop as the Cardinal coach. Next move will be to hire someone who can’t get along with Ray Horton and will fire him. What a sad joke this team ALWAYS is.

  57. By Dave Chaney on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Philly hired Kelly so now there are only two openings left. Could we be holding out to make sure we are the last team to name a HC so the man has less time to choose a staff and even less time to scout all the college all-star games and be less prepared for the draft? What the hell, why not? We are talking about one of the worst teams in professional sports here. Why change the image now?

  58. By Dave Chaney on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    At age 65 and having just completed my 53rd season as a Big Red fan, I have to totally agree with georgiebird. But for some strange reason, I keep hanging in there. Must be the heat.

  59. By Dynosoar on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    johnnybluenose,

    your keeping track. Thanks. Yup, down to three, (with Saban a fourth)

    Alphabetical by first name because I believe they’d all do a fantastic job.

    Bryan Kelly
    Ray Horton
    Urban Meyer
    Nick Saban

    (I know, I know Saban’s not last alphabetically, but he’s still with Alabama. No decent Vounteer fan would put him above 4th. By the same standard, if Meyer was still with Florida he’d be tied at fourth, even if there were only three on the list. What can I say, in college ball all teams Florida and Alabama are the Cowboys and Steelers. But if they leave I’ll be thrilled to have them on board.)

    I’m not an Eagles fan, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Chip Kelly as an NFL HC. Philly’s playoff bound for sure.

  60. By dieselbomb on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I’m up in the air with respect to Bevell. Elsewhere, I’ve heard equal input – good reviews and negative reviews – from involved fans; including Seahawks fans. Just don’t know that much about him. The Bevell resume’ which has been posted here and there looks promising, though.

    I wished MBidwill would’ve put more effort into interviewing known, successful available Head Coaches ( that is, successful at least one time in their Head Coaching life re: Playoff / Superbowl experience ), But as regards those who remain uncommitted and who have already been interviewed, I still hold to Jay Gruden as the best and most appealing prospect thus far, now that Bidwill/Keim – after the Andy Reid Due Diligence process went nowhere – have turned their attention to current Offensive Coordinators*.

    Newly added to the list is Arians, who, at least, has Acting Head Coach on his resume’ … we’ll see how the newest additions fare.

    * – Note : THaley was a HC; but now an OC. Gruden was an Arena Football HC; but now an NFL OC.

  61. By Ronnie H on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    I think Horton is the best guy right now…But here’s an idea…

    How about Kurt Warner…?

    I was thinking about the Baseball Cardinals in St Louis…Last year they hired a no experience guy in Mike Matheny..He was a tv Baseball commentator…The Cards fell one game short of the Series…

    So why not a new guy that knows the organization…?

  62. By Guy M on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Hire Horton, why? Horton isn’t going anyplace! Bidwill should take all the time he needs to get this right. Lets face it all the top head coaches are gone. Cardinals can take their time and have their pick of the left overs. Horton has been doing great with the defense, why not keep him there? We need a HC with proven offensive experience and that’s NOT Horton.

  63. By Nor cal cards fan on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Did you go to school with Bevell..?

  64. By cobra on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, this is getting old. I have read comments on so many HC scenarios it makes your head spin. I believe with the parity in the NFL these days, I’m not sure the HC makes as much difference. The HC and his staff are another story. At this time time we might as well make Horton HC and Whiz OC, atleast we could use the money Whiz will get anyway to sign available FAs. ( I hope you all know I’m kidding on this Horton and Whiz combo ). The fact is, there are not many consistent Franchises who are successful year in and year out. IT BEGINS WITH THE OWNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT. Seriously, I haven’t been impressed by any possible HCs available, this year anyway! We probably should have waited one more year for a HC change. If Horton is our new HC, so be it, still don’t think he’s ready.

  65. By Darren Urban on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Nor Cal —

    RE: school with Bevell

    Yes I did.

  66. By jocards on Jan 17, 2013 | Reply

    Ronnie H –

    A small point but Mike Matheny was not a TV announcer prior to taking over as manager for the St. Louis Cardinals. Recently he served as a catching instructor in the organization and more recently as special assistant to the Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak. However you are correct that he had no prior managerial experience at any level. While the Cardinals did come within one game of the World Series in his inaugural season he did inherit the defending world champions….There was some notable turnover on the roster and all in all he did a good job IMO…..

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