Arizona Cardinals fans shouldn’t lament a rookie head coach
The Arizona Cardinals are about to lose out on hiring the last experienced head coaching candidate on their initial wish list.
A couple of days back, I stated that chances were growing grim that Brian Flores would be the Cardinals next head coach. At the time the Sean Payton-led Denver Broncos wanted to interview Flores for the defensive coordinator position.
While Flores will get a second interview with the Arizona Cardinals, he may no longer be the frontrunner for the gig thanks to Mike Kafka’s emergence. Lou Anarumo is also getting a second interview, so the odds are greater that the Cardinals will have a rookie coach on the sidelines this season.
Arizona Cardinals fans can now expect a rookie head coach
Unless there is a massive curveball, look for the Cardinals to hire one of the aforementioned names listed above. This is definitely not the way most fans wanted the head coaching search to turn out, but they shouldn’t be too discouraged over the likelihood of a rookie head coach coming to the desert.
Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals took his team to the Super Bowl in just his third season as an NFL head coach. Nick Sirianni’s Philadelphia Eagles are playing in the big game next Sunday, and he’s only in his second season.
Then there is Sean McVay, who led his Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl in 2018. McVay was only 32 at the time, and when he took over the Rams in 2017 as a rookie head coach, the team was void of hope. Had someone predicted they’d be in the Super Bowl just one season later, that individual would have lost their credibility in foresight.
While I’ve even said numerous times I prefer experienced coaches over rookie coaches, it doesn’t mean I’m opposed to hiring rooks. As I’ve pointed out above, rookie coaches have definitely seen early success in this league, and the same kind of success might just be coming to whoever ends up coaching the Redbirds.
Article Source: Brian Flores expected to get 2nd interview with Cardinals for head coach, per report by Alex Weiner
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