Arizona Cardinals tight ends have a familiarity with the new coaches
Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams should have a good idea of what Jonathan Gannon and Nick Rallis can bring to the Arizona Cardinals.
When Jonathan Gannon was hired by the Arizona Cardinals back on February 14th, he immediately began to get to know his players. Individuals such as Kyler Murray, D.J. Humphries, James Conner, Byron Murphy, Kelvin Beachum and Will Hernandez were all present for the head coach's introductory press conference. Another Redbird who was also in attendance already has a familiarity with the 40-year-old Gannon.
Zach Ertz, a tight end who Arizona acquired midway through the 2021 campaign, spent the first eight and a half seasons of his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles. During his final year in Philly, the three-time Pro Bowler got acquainted with Gannon, who was the defensive coordinator of the Eagles at the time. Those days together should've given Ertz an inside on the man who has replaced the departed Kliff Kingsbury.
Gannon should be well aware of what Ertz could do for the Cardinals offense as well. The 32-year-old pass-catcher is currently rehabbing from the season-ending knee injury he suffered last November. Presumably, Gannon will want Ertz to be a key part of the squad's scoring attack when he eventually gets the green light from team doctors in 2023.
New defensive coordinator was a college teammate of a current Arizona Cardinals player
Just days after arriving in the desert, Gannon recruited an assistant from Nick Sirianni's staff in Philadelphia. Nick Rallis, a former Eagles linebackers coach, will be Arizona's new defensive coordinator. Coincidentally, the 29-year-old Rallis is quite familiar with another component of the Cards tight end contingent.
Maxx Williams, a 28-year-old who is entering his fifth campaign with the Cardinals, played his college football with Rallis. Roughly a decade ago, the youngsters got to know each other while taking the field for the University of Minnesota. In the upcoming months, Rallis will go up against Williams during practices in the same way that Gannon got a firsthand look at Ertz in Philly.
Any members of the Arizona roster who want the inside scoop on Gannon and Rallis can simply drop by the club's tight ends room. Ertz and Williams should be qualified enough to offer a detailed rundown on what to expect from the young coaches going forward.