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After cleaning house of GM Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt on Monday, Arizona is in the market for a new leader. And they might not have to look too far.
One of the big names for new head coaches this year is coming straight out of the desert. Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton is a great football coach and an elite defensive mind. He got an Arizona defense to play as well as anybody in the league despite the offensive troubles.
So he'd be the obvious choice to replace Whisenhunt and Co., right?
Well, not so fast. If Horton were the obvious successor, the Cardinals probably wouldn't have granted other teams permission to talk with their current defensive coordinator.
As the Cardinals search develops, it almost seems as if the team isn't willing to hand the reigns over to a defensive-minded coach, but rather an offensive guru. Enter Andy Reid.
According to Pro Football Talk, Cardinals team President Michael Bidwell informed the media that the team would be interviewing the former Eagles head coach for their vacancy. Bidwell also added Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to the list of candidates.
Reid makes sense, given his background with quarterback Kevin Kolb (who he dealt in favor of Michael Vick) and the current players on the Cards roster would lend to his style of offense. But he'll have to do something he failed to do following the passing of Jim Johnson, and that's finding a defensive coordinator.
If Reid or anyone else comes in, the Cardinals probably won't be able to hang on to Horton. He'll get interviews elsewhere and will most likely blow someone away. Best case scenario for Arizona is to keep Horton where he is and sign an offensive coach like Reid. But the odds of that are slim to none.
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