Giants Rumors: Mike Kafka to Interview for Cardinals HC Vacancy

Doric SamJanuary 30, 2023

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 30: Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka looks on before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on October 30, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka has emerged as a popular head coaching candidate, and he's reportedly set for another interview soon.

According to ESPN's Field Yates, Kafka is set to speak with the Arizona Cardinals regarding their head coaching vacancy, marking the fourth team to interview him for the position.

Kafka had previously met with the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers. The 35-year-old needed just one year as the Giants' offensive play-caller to prove himself a worthy candidate to lead a team.

With Kafka at the helm for New York, the team ranked fourth in the NFL with 148.2 rushing yards per game. Much-maligned quarterback Daniel Jones thrived in the new system, recording career highs of 3,205 passing yards and a 67.2 percent completion rate to go with 15 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions.

The Giants were expected to be a rebuilding project under first-year head coach Brian Daboll, but they were the surprise of the year after finishing with a 9-7-1 record and advancing to the playoffs. New York defeated the second-seeded Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card Round before falling to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round.

The Cardinals are coming off a disappointing 4-13 campaign that resulted in the firing of head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Former general manager Steve Keim also stepped away from the team to address health issues, and he was replaced by former Tennessee Titans executive Monti Ossenfort.

Arizona also faces questions on the field, as star quarterback Kyler Murray is recovering from a torn ACL and his status for the start of the 2023 season is unclear. It's important that the team hires the right head coach who will be able to navigate a murky future.