Cardinals "Trying To Find The Next Sean McVay"

The Cardinals will soon have their third head coach in as many seasons

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
January 04, 2019 - 9:15 am

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On January 2, 2018, the Arizona Cardinals hired Steve Wilks to be their head coach. He lasted less than one year on the job, as the Cardinals, who went 3-13 this season, fired him on New Year’s Eve.

And the search for another head coach continues. The Cardinals have met with Adam Gase, who was fired by Miami, and have plans to meet with Rams QB coach Zac Taylor, Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell, and USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

“I thought they’d have more by now,” The Arizona Republic writer Bob McManaman said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “That’s just four candidates that we for sure know they’re talking to. They said they’ve reached out to some coaches who are no longer employed. We don’t know who that is. We think it might be Jim Caldwell. Maybe it’s Chuck Pagano. I doubt that. But (there are) four that we know of, and I can’t believe there’s not more.”

McManaman said Mike McCarthy would be a slam-dunk hire, but that appears unlikely. 

“I think he would be perfect for Josh Rosen and this offense that finished dead last in every single category,” McManaman said. “But he’s got interviews lined up with the Jets and Browns and apparently he’s told (the Cardinals) he’s not interested. If he told them no, I wonder if it’s because the GM situation is kind of tenuous with Steve Keim, who might be on his last legs after firing a coach. Maybe that scared off some lifers like Mike.”

Taylor, Campbell and Kingsbury have never been NFL head coaches.

“They are definitely looking at offensive-minded guys,” McManaman said. “To my knowledge, they haven’t reached out and expressed an interest in any defensive-minded coaches, which is exactly what Steve Wilks was. It’s sad because they need help on both sides of the ball. Everybody’s trying to find the next Sean McVay.”