The Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to interview head coaching candidates this week
If the Arizona Cardinals want to turn things around in the right direction, then they are going to need to be smart but quick with a new head coach. The Cardinals fired Steve Wilks on Monday and now are among eight teams looking for a new head coach.
Last season the Cardinals probably waited too long to make their decision and ended up settling for Wilks. The Cardinals also should go for an offensive coach.
They are scheduled to interview former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase on Wednesday. They had better be careful about this hire as Gase is among the eight coaches who were let go.
Hiring a guy who was just fired in holding the same position can be a tricky proposition. What didn’t work for him previously? Why didn’t it work out? Was there relationship issues with players?
The Cardinals also are interested in Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor. He is scheduled to interview this weekend. He is also scheduled to meet with the Denver Broncos.
With the Rams success over the last couple of seasons with the quarterback position, it is easy to understand why the Cardinals would be interested in Taylor. This also can be a cautionary tale.
Taylor also has Rams quarterback Jared Goff to work with. Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen is no Jared Goff. Maybe Taylor can do something? It isn’t a horrible idea to be looking at someone from Rams coach Sean McVey’s staff.
The Cardinals are also reportedly interested in Kansas City Chiefs assistant Eric Bieniemy and New Orleans assistant Dan Campbell. Both are offensive guys. Bieniemy is the Chiefs offensive coordinator and Campbell is the assistant head coach for the Saints.
With seven other teams needing a coach, the Cardinals can’t afford to wait long and be among the last to hire like they were last January. You want them to get it right but they need to be right and quick.