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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals coaching search heats up as top candidates get ready for playoffs

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News and notes from around the web on the Arizona Cardinals.

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As the Arizona Cardinals coaching search continues, the news coming out will be similar at each site.

That’s why we’re trying to give you a little background information on each coaching candidate before the interview process starts, which was yesterday.

We know James Bettcher, today, Thursday, they’ll be interviewing Pat Shurmur, before they squeeze in the Patriots defensive duo of Matt Patricia and Brian Flores, Mike Munchak, Jim Schwartz and John DeFilippo.

Then, the guys who play this weekend, well it will be a wait and see how far they advance, but Steve Wilks and Keith Armstrong will be getting their shot soon.

So, let’s get you caught up on all the news on the coaching search, but make sure to come back and check out our profiles on Matt Patricia and Brian Flores later today.

As Palmer Leaves, Cardinals In Search Of QB
Retirement means team doesn't have any signal-callers under contract for 2018

Cardinals Will Be Patient With Coach Search
Bidwill wants to make sure candidates get chance to visit Arizona facilities

Cardinals Blogs
The workload of the Honey Badger

James Bettcher, Keith Armstrong join Cardinals' coaching search
Bettcher's defenses in Arizona have finished each of the last three seasons in the top six in yards allowed. Armstrong leads Atlanta's special teams.

No Super Bowl likely keeps Carson Palmer out of the Hall of Fame
Carson Palmer has good numbers, but the quarterback never reaching the big game, let alone winning a ring, is probably a Hall of Fame deal breaker.

Lars Anderson on Bruce Arians' retirement decision: 'He just didn't know'
Author Lars Anderson said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians didn't know he was going to retire until the final hours before he made the announcement.

The best quotes from Bruce Arians' time with the Arizona Cardinals
A master of the quips, the expletives and the bad nicknames, Bruce Arians created quite the collection of best quotes as Arizona Cardinals coach.

The 5: Carson Palmer's top performances as Cardinal by QB rating
Is there a way to quantify Carson Palmer's best outings? We can try. Based off of quarterback ratings, here are the gunslinger's best games as a Cardinal.

Arizona Cardinals 2018 Mock Draft Tracker
What will the Arizona Cardinals do with the 15th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft? We'll keep you updated with our Mock Draft Tracker.

James Bettcher would bring coaching veterans from outside organization | Cards Wire
Perhaps there wouldn't be as much continuity as many thought there would be if James Bettcher is hired to replace Bruce Arians.

Bruce Arians knows how to vacation before season, per his son | Cards Wire
The now-retired coach vacationed hard before the start of training camp.

Giants join Cardinals in requesting interview with Jim Schwartz | Cards Wire
Giants join Cardinals in requesting interview with Jim Schwartz

Bruce Arians took Cardinals to new heights, but left job unfinished | Cards Wire
The one thing he had left to do was to leave the organization with a quarterback in place.

Carson Palmer’s time with Cardinals marked with what-ifs | Cards Wire
As much as he accomplished, there are more questions about what heights the team could have reached.