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Bowles a step closer to staying put

Posted by Darren Urban on January 14, 2014 – 2:20 pm

There are only two head coaching openings left, both of which Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles interviewed for: Cleveland and Minnesota. Bowles has now, according to multiple reports, pulled out from the consideration for the Cleveland job. Mike Zimmer, interviewing a second time in Minnesota, is the favorite for the job there but, as I mentioned earlier today, I didn’t think Bowles was going anywhere anyway. There is a chance Bowles will be a head coach again some day (after his interim stint in Miami) but it’s going to have to be the right fit. I’m not sold Bowles is aching to be a head coach, not when he knows the pitfalls of bad situations. Assuming Bowles stays, that would be great news for a defense that flourished under his watch.

UPDATE: On Wednesday morning, Mike Zimmer was officially hired as Vikings coach. Bowles is going to be in Arizona.

– Numbers guru Brian McIntyre reported today that QB Carson Palmer earned an extra $1 million for his 2014 salary (I’d assume for reaching performance incentives) and now will make $9 million in 2014 with an $11 million cap hit, raising each number by that aforementioned million and shaving another million off the Cardinals’ current cap space.

– Along those same lines, linebacker John Abraham earned an extra $375,000 for 2014, raising his 2014 salary to $2.875M.

– Congrats to Tyrann Mathieu, who was named as a cornerback to the Pro Football Writers of America’s all-rookie team for 2013. And GM Steve Keim was named Executive of the Year by profootballtalk.com.


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23 Responses to “Bowles a step closer to staying put”

  1. By Cards4ever on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    I know it’s a selfish sentiment, but I’m happy as a pig in mud that Bowles will be back next year!

  2. By dan on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    Congratulations to Steve Keim for an outstanding year’s work. May the Force remain with you, Steve our brother, and may you always remain a Cardinal !

  3. By Gman on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    Darren,maybe Todd can wait till Bruce retires,to be head coach for the Cardinals?

  4. By Jon Taylor on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Darren,
    Apologies if you’ve answered this already but is it yet known if the conditions were achieved from the Carson Palmer trade and if so what pick will be traded?

    I believe from what was on the Raiders website that the pick could become as high as a 5th but it didn’t mention the conditions (though I’d assume playoffs would factor in).

  5. By shannon robinson on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    Carson Palmer is a franchise QB in the last three years of his career. At $11M he is still under the value we would have to pay to replace him or find someone comparable. John Abraham defies any longevity formula and look at the wisdom of our front office to give him a two year contract – happy to pay the incentives for the strip sacks when we needed them. Bowles fills our hand as a defensive coach and I would also be happy to see him leave for a HC position. John Lott may go – friendship is great but money will win and that’s how a strength coach accelerates his career with a lateral move – I’ve worked with a lot of strength coaches and he was always an inspiration looking in.

  6. By Dr. G. on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    I’m thinkin’ more Segways for many other teammates who helped produce this bonus! (And lots of Steaks for the O-line)

  7. By Scott H on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    So far, so good. I’ll be glad when the damn Vikings name a coach that is NOT named Todd Bowles.

  8. By Mike G on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren– Certainly would be great if Bowles stays–to keep the coaching staff the same in year two is huge–especially when you have success in the first year!
    I hope the Card’s can keep their core group of coaches and players in 2014. Go Cards!!!

  9. By D on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    Darren
    Question for you.
    All this talk about Whiz hiring John Lott, I thought in order for assistant coaches to change teams, it had to be a promotion…does lot have more than Strength and Conditioning on his resume? Has he been a position coach before?

    Thanks

  10. By ored on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    well done keim and looking forward to your defense next year bowles…i hope.
    we’re positioned pretty well for the upcoming season as we are,especially with returning injured,seems like now would be a good time to trade up if we can get a surefire gamechanger,use free agency and rest of the draft for depth and developemental players…pass rusher that is the talk of the draft probably fits that description.we could take a wait and see if the jags go qb,then trade with oakland or just trade for jags #3 pick-just as long as we go before atlanta and tampa…not much chance clowney gets past either one,,,that’s assuming houston does’nt somehow mess it up,either by a trade or taking him theirselves…doubtful,i think in either scenario a qb goes 1st.we could spend more years drafting later 1st round picks and still get no one,just think what a j.peppers or watts type player would mean,while he’s still young.would be well worth a few picks in the last half of each round,we already have solid players and keim has the ability to keep us fresh there…what he can’t do without lots of luck is get a star at a position we’ve trying to get for awhile,would be like trading a couple of starters and backups for a stud pass rusher inhis prime.

    normally don’t like trading up,usually end up just giving too much away for something unknown and often does’nt work out,but in this case we are really close to a complete team and another true star would be a real boost,the worst is we stay where we are for another year if he’s a bust…but we are already good and still have injured players coming back so it seems worth the risk…for a once in a decade talent that might drop to #5 because of qb need.think of what reggie white,julias peppers,l.taylor and players of that caliber meant for their teams,now imagine that with our defense,and still another year with abraham also…that would be sweeter than if we had gotten peyton,he’ll retire soon,but clowney could be here for the next dozen years.i would be alright with having such a plan ready if it looks to play out that way,if not,no harm done,we just go ahead with pick #20,unless keim has been getting mojo from suns gm and gets an early start on another exec.of the year with something incredible,between the suns and the cards pulling rabbits out of the hat makes for a great and exciting time to be fans.

  11. By Raxan on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    I am happy too although I never criticized Bowles as the choice for DC, I was a little concerned about it at the beginning of the season.

  12. By John The Draft Guy on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    2.875 million for Abraham??

    What an amazing job getting him, signing him to a two year deal, then putting him in a situation to be successful.

    Great FA signing. Would love to see a couple more of those kind of homerun signings this offseason

  13. By Coach K on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    I’m glad he backed off from Cleveland. That is a very poorly run head office. Most unstable franchise I have seen the last ten years. Look at the teams that win and you will find coaching stability and a solid front office every time.

    I believe Bowles is smart enough to understand a head coaching job with an unstable franchise is simply a short term deal and not worth the effort. Wait for the right fit Todd, then consider your options.

  14. By clssylssy on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    Bowles staying is good news for the Cards and it seems we’ve been granted at least a temporary stay of the inevitable. While I understand that the ultimate goal professionally for coordinators is a Head Coach position, I think that it is sometimes smart to be choosey and not just jump into a job for the sake of the Title. Head Coaching jobs open up every season and Coach Bowles has something pretty good going here with the Cardinals that can only further serve to position him as he builds his credibility as a defensive mind and leader. I love the way teams have gone back to more of a running game and the appreciation for a good defense, and the fact that the Cardinals are running with the big dogs when the analyst talk about the tough contenders nobody wants to play. It’s great to have good news at a time of year when normally we witness the team’s convulsing from the massive changes inflicted as a result of being scavenged by our own success!

  15. By Lifetime Fan on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    No reason for Bowles to leave yet, win the SB in AZ then he can pick any HC job he wants! :}

  16. By Eazy E on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Smh at the Carson contract situation(sounds a lot like Kolb except a little better). I don’t blame Bowles for not wanting that job in Cleveland and pulling himself out and their taking a long damn time. I know they want to get the right guy but whoever that is is going to need more than a weak ass year to get it right unlike Coach Chud. It’s only 32 of them, but dang you want a good fit first.

  17. By CORMAC on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Give Todd a raise!!! :O)

  18. By Dynosoar on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    I am satisfied Coach Whizenhunt has another Head Coaching position. We sometimes get in ruts and need to step away to get out of them. Hopefully he can.

    I’m with Coach Arians, Todd Bowles will more than likely be a head coach someday and probably sooner than later. I hope we get our SB ring this year, because if he’s to get it with us, it’s probably in the 2014 season.

    And the draft talk has begun. This is a fun time of the year. It’d be funner with the 32nd pick. Ahh! well, next year we can earn that pick.

  19. By Darren Urban on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Jon —

    RE: Conditions

    I haven’t looked into that yet.

  20. By Darren Urban on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Coaches

    Teams can give permission for any coach to interview/leave. Unless it is HC though, the team must give permission.

  21. By Colin on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Congrats to all mentioned!! BA should be Coach of the Year, hands down – no doubt about it.

  22. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Good start to offseason.

  23. By Big Ken on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Any thought to John Lott in past years sort of over-trained the guys? He was always colorful especially during camp, but I thought coach Arians clipped his wings a little. Lott was more in the background. Interesting to see who will replace him.

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