With Black Monday happening and several head coaches getting fired around the NFL, it means the rat race begins to find new head coaches. Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is expected to be a hot commodity.
It has been reported two teams -- the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons -- have already requested permission to interview Bowles. The 49ers parted ways with Jim Harbaugh and the Falcons fired Mike Smith.
Josina Anderson reported the Niners requested permission to interview Bowles and Seattle DC Dan Quinn, staying within the division.
Of course, teams cannot actually conduct interviews with coaches whose teams play this weekend in the postseason. They must wait until January 4. Arizona fits into this category.
Bowles is a hot commodity this offseason because of his success for two years with the Arizona Cardinals defense. He will also likely draw many early interview opportunities because, being African American, interviewing him will also help teams fulfill the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a head coach.
Bowles fills two roles -- the minority candidate -- and he is also considered a top candidate for a head coaching position.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told radio listeners on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM he expects interest from other teams.
"Our expectations are that several teams will reach out to us," General Manager Steve Keim said Monday during his weekly appearance on the "Doug and Wolf" show (via AZCardinals.com). "Now, it remains to be seen whether there will be mutual interest or not, but Todd has done an excellent job and at some point he deserve an opportunity. Hopefully for us we can keep him in place for a little while longer."
Head coach Bruce Arians was asked about the reports of teams already reaching out when he spoke with the media on Monday. "I don't think we've gotten any formal applications from anybody," he said.
This will be part exciting, part worrisome and probably part tiresome by the time coaching searches are complete. Enjoy the ride for now, Cardinals fans. Good coaching staffs don't stay intact for long.