The Arizona Cardinals are on the verge of making their next big head coaching hire, and with it, expect a complete culture change.
When the Arizona Cardinals hired Monti Ossenfort, I breathed a sigh of relief. For once, ownership didn’t seek to promote from within the organization, instead opting to look outside to find their next general manager.
Then they went out and hired David Sears to supplement Ossenfort, a hire that many in NFL circles of lauded. Finally, it seems as though the Cardinals are on the right track. And while it’s natural to be optimistic during this time of the year, the vibes are different simply because Bidwill looked outside to bring something new to his franchise.
And by all means, it signifies a much-needed culture change in the desert. Perhaps arguably the least successful organization in the big four North American professional sports leagues will see some consistency in the wins department, thanks to Bidwill’s change in approach.
Ossenfort, Sears, next head coach will revolutionize the Arizona Cardinals
While Bruce Arians was a big hire and a major success between 2013 and 2017, I scoffed when the Cardinals hired Steve Wilks in 2018 and Kliff Kingsbury in 2019. Wilks was ill-prepared to handle the job then, although he performed well during his interim stint with the Carolina Panthers.
I’m not sure what the logic was in hiring Kliff. And predictably, he flamed out, even if he stuck around longer than I thought he would. Both of those men were Steve Keim’s hire, who Bidwill promoted to general manager a decade ago.
Despite the solid hire that was Arians, we should have known the good times weren’t going to last forever with Keim in charge, and they didn’t. Even if he did win Executive of the Year.
But with Ossenfort and Sears running the show, you’re going to see a team build itself through the draft, which in my opinion is the right way. Keim may have had a few accolades, but given his style to trade and take unnecessary risks during the NFL Draft, we should have known his success would be short-lived.
Or at least the team’s success, and after 2015, that’s exactly what happened. Don’t expect a repeat with Ossenfort, Sears, and the To-Be-Determined head coach in charge. A culture change is coming to the desert, and it should be a good thing for Arizona Cardinals fans everywhere.
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