#azcardinals will interview Andy Reid, Mike McCoy at least Bidwill says— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 31, 2012
Somers further reports:
Cardinals also fire entire offensive staff, not the defensive coaches.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 31, 2012
Bill Bidwill's decision to keep the defensive staff in place is smart because there's nothing to fix on that side of the ball. The Cardinals featured the NFL's No. 12-ranked defense in 2012, and if not for the fact that the team's offense was inept for most of the year, you can bet it'd be ranked much higher.
The team's biggest problems lie on the offensive side of things, and that's something Reid could step in and fix in no time.
It's not like the Cardinals don't have the right weapons to make things happen on offense. Larry Fitzgerald didn't suddenly become a mediocre player, and rookie receiver Michael Floyd has showed some promise.
The only thing missing is a running game and a competent offensive line.
And a quarterback.
But Bidwell isn't ready to give up on Kevin Kolb as the long-term answer at that pivotal position, according to Darren Urban, who reports:
Bidwill: "I'm not ready to give up on Kevin Kolb yet." Kolb question will be important with all candidates.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 31, 2012
Reid and Kolb have a history together, and a fruitful one at that.
Kolb knows Reid's offense, and the two of them have a working relationship that is crucial to the success of an NFL offense.
And hiring Reid would allow Ray Horton to continue running his defense independently, as Reid wants nothing to do with running things on that side of the ball. He's always been content to let his defensive coordinators do their own thing, as long as they were successful in the process.
In reality, if the Cardinals hired Reid this winter, the team's only glaring area of need would be the offensive line. Arizona has good position in the draft and would have a chance to bring in some top-flight players to shore up the lack of talent on the interior.
Chance Warmack would look good in a Cardinals uniform, eh?
Hiring Reid is the Cardinals' easiest route to becoming a competitive team. He'll whip the offense into shape in no time, using Kolb as his right-hand man behind center.
I'm betting Fitzgerald approves of this plan.
What do you think? Would Reid inject much-needed life into what's become a dormant offense, or would he just make things worse?
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