After the Arizona Cardinals said yesterday they would be going after Andy Reid now that they’ve fired Ken Whisenhunt, they appear to be a team of their word and are going to take it a step further and actually hire the guy before the end of the week, according to multiple sources. Earlier today I touched on my opinion that the Cards would be better off without him. However now that it appears he will be the new head coach of the Cards, he’s got my 100 percent support.
I stand by my thoughts from earlier. You’ve got a guy who finished 4-12 and had many of the same issues – this year – that the Cards had. Yes, you can’t compare the entire resume of Reid and Whiz, but over the last 6 years, you sure can. Both have a Super Bowl appearance and two division titles. Those are facts. That is not my opinion. You have a guy that found a struggling offense and one that mounted with injuries. Funny, I do believe the Cards had some of those same struggles.
My point here is that if they are hiring Reid, then why not just make it work with Whiz? Yes, you have a change of scenery. A new city probably does both coaches good. With making a move this quick to get their new man at head coach, I have to believe the decision to fire Whiz was made after the Seattle 58-0 game. Rumors were already out there Reid’s days with the Philadelphia Eagles were numbered.
There could be a lot worse choices, that’s for sure. I think it is better to have an experienced head coach than not right now. ESPN called Arizona the second worst head coach opening in the NFL. As a fan, I take that personally. They don’t need another up and coming coordinator. The only one I would want would be one of their own, defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Horton apparently will be interviewed tomorrow. That is just considered a formality though.
The rumor is the Cards will look to increase Horton’s salary to keep him on. It might work. There is some skepticism that Horton would be able to land a head coaching job right now, although he will get some interviews.
Also joining Reid apparently will be Tom Heckert, who will take over as general manager. That will probably lead to current vice president for player personnel Steve Keim in leaving for a job elsewhere.