Team president Michael Bidwill and newly appointed general manager Steve Keim are feverishly working toward hiring a new head coach. One of their so-called "top candidates," Mike McCoy, was hired today by the San Diego Chargers, which leaves only three known possibilities left—Ray Horton, Jay Gruden and Todd Haley.
Cardinals beat reporter Kent Somers believes management's preference in terms of order are Horton, Haley and Gruden. Both Horton and Gruden have interviewed with different teams, while Haley has only interviewed with the Cardinals.
It doesn't appear that McCoy's move to San Diego sped up the efforts to hire a head coach in the desert, but it does make you wonder how Arizona has now missed out on Andy Reid and McCoy. Is the Bidwill family trying to do things the cheap way, or are potential head coaches simply uninterested based on the underlying details?
It's hard to tell given the quite interview process, yet there is one thing we do know. The Cardinals organization is in cap hell right now and the incoming head coach's first order of business will be to shed dead weight so it can get under the cap.
Let's take a look at five players who need to be cut in the offseason.