Arizona Cardinals Extend Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles
By Scott Allen
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will garner interest for head coaching jobs in offseason
The Arizona Cardinals are taking the first step in hoping they are able to retain defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Bowles is rumored to be on the top of some teams short lists of their next head coaching candidate.
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Per ProFootballTalk.com though, the Cards have offered Bowles a contract extension. If the report is true, it is a big deal for Cardinals and their fans, not to mention Bowles of course. This deal though would not preclude Bowles from bolting for a head coaching job elsewhere.
Bowles’ Cardinals defense is a big reason why the Cardinals are off to an 8-1 start this season. Now after quarterback Carson Palmer’s torn ACL injury that put him out for the season, it is even more important for Bowles’ defense to come up big in the last seven weeks of the regular season.
Not only is Bowles a great coordinator he is also a great guy. His personality fits the locker room. It is going to be tough for the Cardinals to fend off other suitors for him and understandably.
The Cardinals are currently third in rushing defense, allowing 78.6 yards per game. They’ve weathered the DeMarco Murray and Lesean McCoy storms without allowing either one of them 100 yards or more.
Their pass defense isn’t the greatest but that’s how Arizona dares you to beat them. They may be giving up a lot of yardage but they aren’t getting beat often. Their defense is making huge plays in the fourth quarter. Against the Dallas Cowboys it was safety Tyrann Mathieu, Ed Stinson, and Antonio Cromartie coming up with big interceptions.
Against the St. Louis Rams it was Patrick Peterson and Calais Campbell. Against the San Francisco 49ers it was Tony Jefferson. Against the San Diego Chargers it was Larry Foote. Next man up is no truer than the Cardinals defense.