1/18 Arizona Cardinals news: Bruce Arians is hired, Ray Horton could be gone

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL and Cardinals links to start your day with all the latest news about your favorite team

There is a lot to think about and read. The Arizona Cardinals hired Bruce Arians to be their head coach, but in a turn of events, they may lose defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

Here are the links from around the Web to start the day.

Cardinals:

Initial thoughts as Cards hire Bruce Arians - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arians comes to the Cardinals as the offensive-minded assistant they targeted almost without exception. Although he worked for the Colts most recently, Arians offers the same Pittsburgh Steelers pedigree Whisenhunt brought to the job back in 2007.

The Cardinals just aren’t feeling Ray Horton | Insiders
Ray Horton has great credibility among Cardinals fans. The team obviously doesn’t feel the same way. What gives?

How does Arians’ offense differ from Whisenhunt’s? | Insiders
Bruce Arians was the Steelers receivers coach from 2004 through 2006 when Ken Whisenhunt was the offensive coordinator. And Arians replaced Whisenhunt when Whiz took the Cardinals job in 2007. But while they share some offensive philosophies, Arians’ said his offensive is scheme is not identical to Whisenhunt’s.

Word From the Birds Blog | The night Arians was named coach
Before I power down for the evening — the Arians news continues again tomorrow with the 1 p.m. press conference, with some behind-the-scenes stuff on azcardinals.com too — a few thoughts on the newest Cardinals’ head coach.

Word From the Birds Blog | Arians thinks Cards give him "heck of a feeling"
Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is interviewing with the Cardinals today, and as has been custom to candidates who have come to Tempe, he met with the media this afternoon. He’s wanted to become a head coach for a long time and admitted he isn’t sure why he hasn’t garnered more interest before now, but he’s taking advantage of his visits.

Cardinals Make Bruce Arians Head Coach
Franchise gives long-time NFL assistant a four-year contract to take over

Arians Exclusive: This is special
Bruce Arians reacts to being named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals to hire Bruce Arians as next coach
Cardinals decide on Bruce Arians, who says he's ready to be a head coach after Colts' surprising season.

NFL:

John Madden says the NFL is changing, and that's good - SBNation.com
SB Nation talked to one of pro football's most revered sages about the state of the game.

Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, and Jim Irsay to appear on Parks and Recreation - SBNation.com
Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, and Jim Irsay will appear on Parks and Rec. See a clip here.

AFC and NFC Championship picks: 2013 Super Bowl teams will be... - SBNation.com
Championship weekend is here and it looks an awful lot like last year. Back are the 49ers, Patriots and Ravens, who all played on Championship weekend last season. Gone are the Giants, in are the Falcons.

Uffsides podcast: Dana Jacobson talks Manti Te'o, Chip Kelly, NFL playoffs - SBNation.com
The CBS Sports Radio host joins Matt Ufford for the Uffsides NFL podcast.

Chip Kelly coaching staff: Jerry Azzinaro to join Eagles; Todd Grantham, Kirby Smart to interview - SBNation.com
Four assistants are reportedly moving to the Philadelphia Eagles from the Oregon Ducks, and a pair of SEC defensive coordinators are interested in making the move, as well.

Chip Kelly undecided on Michael Vick's future with the Eagles - SBNation.com
New coach Chip Kelly is impressed by Michael Vick's athleticism, but is unsure if he will be the team's quarterback in 2013.

Marc Trestman gives Chicago Bears reason to believe - SBNation.com
The Chicago Bears tabbed Marc Trestman out of the CFL to be the franchise's next coach. There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

Report: Ken Whisenhunt is the Next Chargers Offensive Coordinator - Bolts From The Blue
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the San Diego Chargers have signed Ken Whisenhunt to be their new Offensive Coordinator.

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