Arizona Cardinals adding another veteran to coaching staff
By Jim Koch
Veteran wide receiver coach Jerry Sullivan has announced that he’ll remain with the Arizona Cardinals for the entire 2019 campaign
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is one fortunate man. The club’s general manager, Steve Keim, has done a fine job with supplying the young leader with a bevy of experienced assistants. Apparently, another veteran teacher is being added to that group.
Wide receiver guru Jerry Sullivan revealed to “The Athletic’s” Scott Bordow that his stay with the Cardinals is being extended. The original plan was for the 75-year old to help with the wideouts during training camp. Now, according to Sullivan, Arizona wants the charismatic individual to stick around with the squad for the entire upcoming campaign.
The Cards do already have a wide receivers coach in place. David Raih, who had spent the past five years with the Green Bay Packers, was hired to do the job back in January. The 38-year old had coached pass-catchers for just one season in the NFL, however, so perhaps the Cardinals felt that Raih could use Sullivan’s assistance.
The long-time assistant’s present stint with Arizona will be his second with the organization. From 2001-03, Sullivan was a member of former head coach Dave McGinnis’ staff. He was the wide receivers coach for the first two years he spent in the desert, but then accepted a promotion to be the Cards offensive coordinator in 2003.
Sullivan’s illustrious career got started at Kansas State University, all of the way back in 1971. His time in college included stops at Texas Tech, South Carolina, Indiana, LSU and Ohio State. Sullivan’s professional resume includes jobs with the San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The presence of Sullivan alone will do wonders for both Kingsbury and Raih. The knowledge that someone of his pedigree brings to the table is priceless. Kudos to Cardinals management for deciding to keep Sullivan in town for the remainder of 2019 .