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Giants hired ex-Cardinals DC James Bettcher as defensive coordinator.

Bettcher picked the Giants over the Titans after the Cardinals passed over him in favor of Steve Wilks for their head-coaching job. Bettcher had been the Cardinals' defensive play-caller the past three seasons after Todd Bowles left to coach the Jets. The two will now work in the same home stadium for different teams. Bettcher ran a 3-4 front in Arizona, while the Giants have been a 4-3 team for years. Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul may play in more two-point stances.
Jan 23 - 11:11 PM

Ex-Broncos OC Mike McCoy will interview for the Cardinals' offensive coordinator job.

Former Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell interviewed for the same position earlier today and is reportedly "pondering his options." McCoy is coming off a disappointing tenure as Denver's offensive coordinator, though he had little chance to succeed with Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler at quarterback. McCoy is also a candidate to replace Pat Shurmur as Minnesota's OC.
Jan 23 - 2:24 PM

The Cardinals will interview ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell for their offensive coordinator vacancy on Monday night.

Former Panthers DC Steve Wilks was announced as Arizona's head coach earlier today and is moving quickly to assemble his staff. Wilks is reportedly eyeing Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator and now it appears Bevell is on the short list of candidates to replace OC Harold Goodwin. Bevell interviewed for a position as Atlanta's QBs coach last week but was passed over in favor of Greg Knapp. He was one of several Seahawks assistants let go at the conclusion of the 2017 campaign.
Jan 22 - 4:16 PM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers reports the Cardinals are "closing in on a deal" with Panthers DC Steve Wilks to be their next head coach.

This matches a report from Panthers.com's Bill Voth, who said Monday he would "be shocked" if Wilks does not land the job in Arizona. According to Somers, the Cardinals no longer plan to conduct a second interview with Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores or Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo, a sure sign they have made their decision. DeFilippo is expected to be a candidate for offensive coordinator if (when) Wilks lands the job.
Jan 22 - 11:42 AM

Bill Voth of Panthers.com said he would "be shocked" if Panthers DC Steve Wilks does not land the Cardinals' head coaching job.

The only true vacancy left, the Cardinals have cast a wide net, bringing in several candidates for second interviews, but it sounds like they are zeroing in on Wilks. If he gets the job, Wilks is expected to target Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo as his offensive coordinator.
Jan 22 - 8:53 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores will target ex-Lions coach Jim Caldwell to be his offensive coordinator if he lands the Cardinals job.

Despite seven years as an NFL head coach, most recently with the Lions last season, Caldwell has spent limited time as an OC. He did help lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl after taking over as coordinator late in the 2012 season, but Baltimore's offense struggled the next year. Caldwell is a known quantity, however, which might help Arizona feel more comfortable handing the reins to Flores. Arizona reportedly hopes to get Flores in for a second visit soon.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 1:21 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cardinals are looking to schedule a second interview with Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores for their head-coaching vacancy.

Falcons specials teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Cardinals DC James Bettcher and Panthers DC Steve Wilks are also being considered for the head job in Arizona. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that Flores is the current favorite to replace Matt Patricia as New England's defensive coordinator. If Flores does join the Cardinals, he's expected to bring along former Lions coach Jim Caldwell as his offensive coordinator.
Jan 21 - 12:28 PM

The Cardinals could give Eagles DC Jim Schwartz a second interview next week.

The Cardinals gave Panthers DC Steve Wilks a second interview and may look to do the same with Schwartz. After drawing interest from multiple teams, Schwartz has faded over the last few weeks but remains one of the top retreads available this cycle. Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo, Patriots LB coach Brian Flores, Cardinals DC James Bettcher, and Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong are among the finalists for Arizona's head-coaching job.
Jan 20 - 3:39 PM

Arizona Sports' Mike Jurecki reports ex-Steelers OC Todd Haley is interested in the Cardinals' offensive-coordinator job.

Haley, of course, was the Cardinals' OC in 2007 and 2008 and went to the Super Bowl with Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald before landing the Chiefs' head coach job in 2009. Haley still has a home in the area, but the Cardinals don't currently have a head coach. Some have mentioned Haley as an option for Arizona's head gig, but that looks like a serious long shot. Haley reportedly has a "few options" on the table but is "going to wait for the right opportunity."
Jan 19 - 11:32 AM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks is interviewing a second time for the Cardinals' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

Wilks' reported plan is to bring along Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, which probably makes Wilks more attractive. DeFilippo is a rising star in the coaching ranks and has also interviewed for the Cardinals' head job. DeFilippo would be unable to bring Wilks with him as DC since it's not a promotion for Wilks. Falcons STs coach Keith Armstrong is also interviewing Friday. The favorite for the Cardinals' opening remains pretty unclear.
Jan 19 - 10:15 AM

Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will have a second interview for the Cardinals' head-coaching vacancy.

Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak was also offered a second interview, but declined the invitation. Armstrong has over two decades of NFL experience but has never been a head coach. Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores and Panthers DC Steve Wilks have also been linked to the opening in Arizona.
Jan 17 - 6:52 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak has turned down the Cardinals' request for a second interview for their head-coaching vacancy.

It's a sign the Cardinals have either already settled on a head coach or Munchak may be getting the OC job in Pittsburgh if current OC Todd Haley isn't brought back. Perhaps even Munchak is simply just happy with his OL gig in Pittsburgh and doesn't see the Cardinals job as one worth leaving for considering they have no quarterback. Munchak is going to get a second chance at some point. Schefter adds that Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores is back in play for Arizona.
Jan 17 - 10:04 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo is expected to get a second interview for the Cardinals' head coaching vacancy.

DeFilippo is also thought to be Panthers DC Steve Wilks' top choice for an offensive coordinator if he lands a lead job, but DeFilippo remains in the running in Arizona himself. DeFilippo did surprisingly well as the Browns' coordinator in 2015 and has played a large role in Carson Wentz's development. It is only a matter of time until he lands a head coaching job.
Jan 16 - 11:30 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak will have a second interview for the Cardinals' head coaching vacancy.

Arizona will give other coaches a second interview as well, but this indicates Munchak is a serious candidate. Munchak spent 17 seasons with the Titans before being promoted to head coach in 2011, going 22-26 over three seasons. He has been with the Steelers since 2014.
Jan 16 - 10:46 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports Panthers DC Steve Wilks is still "in the mix" for the Cardinals' head coaching vacancy.

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur was reportedly the favorite in Arizona, but he appears poised to take over the Giants job. That would open the door for Wilks, who Breer reports would bring Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo with him as offensive coordinator. Wilks will also interview for the Titans, where he presumably will make the same pitch.
Source: MMQB
Jan 16 - 10:09 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Vikings OC Pat Shurmur is a "strong candidate" for the Giants' head coaching vacancy.

Shurmur is also believed to be the top candidate in Arizona, so he should have his pick when he is ready to make a decision. If he decides to go with the Cardinals, the Giants could be in a tough spot. They were reportedly down to Shurmur, Patriots DC Matt Patricia, and Patriots OC Josh McDaniels for the job, but Patricia is expected to land with the Lions while McDaniels appears to be headed to the Colts. If Shurmur spurns them, the Giants could turn to Panthers DC Steve Wilks.
Jan 14 - 12:51 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Panthers DC Steve Wilks will forego his planned interview for the Colts' head-coaching vacancy.

Per Rapsheet, Wilks believes the Colts are locked in on hiring an offensive-minded coach. Wilks is considered one of the favorites for the Giants' opening, and has also interviewed in Arizona. Skipping his Indy interview could also be a sign Wilks believes he will land one of the other two jobs.
Jan 11 - 8:17 PM

ABC 15 in Arizona reports Vikings OC Pat Shurmur has emerged as the favorite for the Cardinals' head-coaching vacancy.

Shurmur interviewed for Arizona's vacancy last week, and rumors have had him potentially bringing impending free agent Case Keenum along with him should Shurmur land a head-coaching gig. He was being considered by the Bears, but Chicago opted for ex-Chiefs OC Matt Nagy. Shurmur has also drawn interest from the Lions and Giants, who have yet to fill their head-coaching voids.
Jan 10 - 8:40 PM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks will interview with the Giants on Tuesday and Cardinals on Wednesday.

To top it all off, he will interview with the Colts on Thursday. Ron Rivera's top defensive assistant has also been linked to the Lions.
Jan 8 - 1:37 PM

The Cardinals interviewed Patriots DC Matt Patricia for their head-coaching job.

The Cardinals interviewed both Patricia and Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores. It's the second known meeting for Patricia, who visited with the Giants and has interest from Detroit. Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak, Vikings OC Pat Shurmur, Panthers DC Steve Wilks and Eagles DC Jim Schwartz have all been linked to Arizona.
Jan 6 - 3:35 PM


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