NFC West Reporter
After three head-coaching hires in 10 years, Arizona Cardinals proprietor Michael Bidwell should lastly land a coach and basic supervisor tandem that’s aligned, can set up a sustainable, successful tradition and might get Kyler Murray taking part in to his full potential.
Bidwell introduced Monday that Kliff Kingsbury had been relieved of his duties. The 43-year-old head coach had signed a contract extension by way of the 2027 season simply 10 months in the past. The staff additionally introduced that GM Steve Keim had resigned after stepping away from the staff as a result of health-related points final month. Like Kingsbury, Keim signed an extension through the offseason by way of the 2027 season.
“We’ll live with the financial consequences,” Bidwell instructed reporters, when requested how he’d take care of the remaining years on Kingsbury and Keim’s contracts.
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Bidwell stated he has already interviewed two inner candidates for the overall supervisor place in Cardinals vp of participant personnel Quentin Harris and vp of professional personnel Adrian Wilson. The 2 took over Keim’s duties final month.
Throughout his 10-year tenure as basic supervisor, Keim had his share of swings and misses on the prime of the draft board, together with bust quarterback Josh Rosen, together with lukewarm manufacturing from current first-rounders in security Isaiah Simmons and linebacker Zaven Collins.
Keim traded Arizona’s 2022 first-round decide for receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, who missed 5 video games this season as a result of accidents. The Cardinals have the No. 3 general choice within the upcoming draft.
Arizona might use some stability on the teaching entrance, having by no means had a head coach last more than six years on the helm in additional than 100 years as a franchise.
“We’re going to cast the net far and wide, doing it differently than we’ve done in the past,” Bidwell stated concerning the seek for a GM and head coach.
Along with inner GM candidates, in line with experiences the Cardinals even have requested interviews with San Francisco 49ers director of professional personnel Ran Carthon and 49ers assistant basic supervisor Adam Peters, together with Chicago Bears assistant GM Ian Cunningham and Tennessee Titans director of participant personnel Monti Ossenfort.
Bidwell is a member of the league’s range, fairness and inclusion committee. He stated his choice is to rent a basic supervisor first after which have that particular person assist with the hiring of a brand new head coach. Nevertheless, Bidwell didn’t rule out the potential for hiring a head coach first.
Present Arizona defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is a possible candidate for the vacant head-coaching place.
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The Cardinals reportedly intend to achieve out to the New Orleans Saints for permission to interview former head coach Sean Payton. However hiring Payton would require draft compensation, and the price financially could possibly be greater than the Cardinals are keen to spend, notably in the event that they get right into a bidding conflict with different groups.
However touchdown somebody like Payton is what Arizona wants. The Cardinals haven’t received a playoff sport since 2015, the final time Arizona took the NFC West. Payton has a Tremendous Bowl win to his credit score, efficiently growing Drew Brees right into a Corridor of Fame-worthy quarterback. He might present stability and construction for Murray to turn into an elite QB.
Discovering a coach to get essentially the most out of Murray ought to be close to the highest Bidwell’s record, after signing the Oklahoma product to a five-year, $230 million extension final offseason. Murray had surgical procedure to restore a torn ACL in his proper knee final week and certain won’t be totally recovered by the beginning of the 2023 season.
“We want to make sure we’ve got the culture of that locker room, the culture of our organization really focused on maximum effort in making sure we do everything we can do to win the NFC West,” Bidwell stated.
The proprietor stated he has spoken to a handful of leaders inside the locker room to get their enter on the overall supervisor and training search. That group will embody Murray.
Bidwell famous that early final season, the Cardinals have been 10-2 and one of many hottest groups within the league. Since then, Arizona has gone 5-18, together with seven straight losses to complete the 2022 season.
“We were the hottest team in the league 13 months ago,” Bidwell stated. “You’ve all seen it. There have been teams that have been down a few years ago, that have flipped around and now are in the playoffs. So I feel like we can be a quick turnaround. We’ve got to get the right coach, the right general manager in here. We can do that. We’ve got a lot of talent on this team.”
Very like what Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll completed with Russell Wilson, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has completed with Lamar Jackson and even Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves completed with Michael Vick over 20 years in the past, Bidwell should discover an skilled head coach who can get the very best out of Murray for the Cardinals to achieve their full potential.
“I don’t know that we’re as broken as maybe people think,” Bidwell stated. “Our record is terrible. But when you look at the talent on this team, we’ve got a lot of talent. We’ve just got to make sure they are all playing together.”
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Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for greater than a decade, overlaying the Los Angeles Rams for Sports activities Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma Information Tribune. Observe him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.
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