It has been a little more than 24 hours since team president Michael Bidwill addressed the media about the current state of the Arizona Cardinals. Since then, reports have came in fast and furious about who will be interviewing for the Cardinals head coaching vacancy, and more specifically, who will be coaching the team in 2013.
Let's be frank: Arizona would not hire a head coach that they haven't even had the opportunity to interview. Sure, Mr. Bidwill said yesterday that they were interested in Andy Reid, Mike McCoy and current defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
That doesn't mean they have already decided to hire one of the three, especially Reid.
Shoot, they have only interviewed Horton up to this point. Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com said they won't have the opportunity to interview McCoy until this weekend and Reid has yet to set an interview date.
They have reached out to them, but haven't heard anything back yet.
Earlier today, Tim Ring of KTVK-TV in Phoenix tweeted that a league source had told him that the Reid deal to Arizona is all but done. Not to mention he also tweeted that Tom Heckert would be joining Reid in the desert as the general manager.
To be fair, these reports may have some merit to them based on who his source has talked to, but according to Mark Dalton, the vice president of media relations for the Arizona Cardinals, those reports are 99 percent inaccurate:
I'm 99% sure that reports of a deal being 95% done are 100% incorrect #azcards— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) January 2, 2013
Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers also weighed in on the Reid-Heckert situation via Twitter:
don't have confirmation that #azcardinals are that close to hiring Reid.didn't interview Ray Horton until this afternoon.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) January 1, 2013
Also told Tom Heckert is not under consideration for GM by #azcardinals.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) January 1, 2013
Amidst all the madness, it's hard to know who is right, who is wrong, who you should believe and who you shouldn't. The only thing we do know is that the organization is committed to Kevin Kolb in 2013, so the next head coach would have to be willing to work with him.
This is why Reid would be the right hire for Arizona. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com said Reid's pitch to the Cardinals will be, "I can fix Kevin Kolb."
And to be honest, I believe him when he says he can fix Kolb. If anyone is going to do it, he would be the man for the job. Kolb has shown flashes of talent behind a makeshift offensive line over the last two years and if you know Reid, he would fix the offensive line first and foremost.
Adam Caplan, the pre and postgame analyst for the for Philadelphia Eagles, shares that same sentiment:
If Reid does take Cardinals job, look for him to address OL early. He believes strongly that in order to win, you must be strong up front.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 2, 2013
However, it's also a thought that Reid's party could be leaking some of this info to the press to strengthen his demand from other organizations.
In all reality, only time will tell.
But if the Cardinals have the opportunity to land Reid and he makes it known that he wants to coach in Arizona, they shouldn't think twice about it. He would be the most storied and successful coach this organization has ever seen.
His records and accolades speak for themselves, and a change of scenery might just be what the doctor ordered.
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