If you listened to team president Michael Bidwill's press conference yesterday, you came away knowing there are three candidates the Arizona Cardinals are currently pursuing—Andy Reid, Mike McCoy and current defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
However, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, two more candidates have emerged as dark-horse favorites. The first name he mentions is Bill O'Brien from Penn State and the second is Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
La Canfora goes on to say:
And while the Cards didn't rush to ask for permission to interview Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, they already know him inside out, the Bidwill family are big fans, and I would not be surprised if he entered this equation at some point.
Like he said, no official interview has been requested yet, but I could see Haley emerging as a candidate as well. It's doubtful he would get the job over Andy Reid or Ray Horton, but there's one thing that's a given: Haley would get the quarterback situation under control in a hurry.
Less than 24 hours into Arizona's head coaching search they already have five prime candidates, so it will be interesting to see how this situation plays out. I expect the Cardinals to move rather quickly on hiring a coach as they don't want to be left behind.
Another name to keep an eye out for is Lovie Smith, former Chicago Bears head coach.
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