Kitchens report underscores staff could change

Posted by Darren Urban on January 9, 2014 – 9:33 am

The day after the season ended, Bruce Arians was asked if he expected to have his entire coaching staff back in 2014.

“I hope so,” Arians said, before acknowledging the head coaching interviews defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was certain to get and later did.

Will Bowles stay? He talked with the Vikings and Browns, although the latest report is that Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is the leading candidate in Minnesota and the Cleveland search is continuing with, among others, former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt — who had two interviews in Cleveland last year for the job before Rob Chudzinski was hired. Now comes a report that the University of Alabama, which lost offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to Michigan, could hire Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens — a one-time Alabama quarterback — as the new OC. Alabama is interviewing former Raiders coach/USC coach Lane Kiffin for the post today.

It’s an interesting time as the coaching carousel spins. You never know — especially with a staff has big as the Cardinals have now — what other opportunities may change the landscape. For instance, if Whisenhunt gets a head coaching job, how many of his former staff would he try to bring in (and, in regard to the current Cardinals, might he try and get strength and conditioning coordinator John Lott?)  Other things could pop up from nowhere, like the Alabama opening and Kitchens’ potential chance there.

I do think Kitchens, who had an impressive comeback season after his near-death experience of the summer, would like to be an offensive coordinator. Whether Alabama will chase him or whether he would be willing to go back to the college game, I’m not sure. But it’s an intriguing situation.

UPDATE: Multiple reports say Kitchens won’t be going anywhere because he wants to stay in the NFL. But again, will Arians’ staff stay completely intact? We’ll see.


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9 Responses to “Kitchens report underscores staff could change”

  1. By JavyMontoya on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    A job is a job, but who the hell wants to live in Cleveland instead of Arizona this time of year.

  2. By Berdj Joseph Rassam on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    After having such a good year, it’s expected that other teams would want to cherry pick from among the Cardinals’ coaches.

  3. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Javy: lol

    Lots of great issues in the offseason to keep us interested, juiced. Thats what 10-6 does for the loyal, faithful.

    Go Cards, go Keim!

  4. By vnk on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    I really hope Bowles stays. Longevity in coaching staff and players always seems to be a bottleneck when it comes to Cardinals.

  5. By joe on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    If i was Dallas i would be after Lott how many hammy injuries did they have not to mention everything else they need someone who knows what they are doing and i have long said that John LOtt is one of AZ’s secret weapons.

  6. By georgiebird on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    As long as BA and SK are a constant, the loss of coaches is to be expected. I see where the Seahawks may lose DC Dan Quinn.
    After all is said and done, the coaches are a lot like the players- as long as everyone understands what BA wants, the job will get done.
    And if BA is as smart as we all feel he is, he probably has a contingency plan for the loss of any coaches. BA has been around a long time and probably has a black book loaded with coaches’ names.

  7. By clssylssy on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    I just read where another one of our staff members is being courted by the Dolphins front office. I REALLY can’t see how ANY position with that organization, who is still under scrutiny by the NFL, would be any kind of career improvement over what has been started here with the Cardinals. Longevity and team stability with both players and coaching staff is what set apart the GREAT teams from the rest of the pack. If you look at the teams who repeatedly are in the playoffs year-after-year they are the teams with the smallest turnover rate in personnel at every level, they hit on a winning formula and they work to stick with it. It seems that the Cardinals have finally hit paydirt with a team of players who are winners and a coaching staff within reach of the Lombardi. Hopefully the owner and front office will go the extra mile to retain these valued members of the Cardinal family and allow us the opportunity to again complete the magic of that ’08
    SB that alluded us! We are within reach and I hoping that WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER!

  8. By William Barry on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    Please keep Bowles and our entire staff, this is what has made us successful this year.GO CARDS

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