The rumor-mill is churning for the head coaching carousel, that includes names the Arizona Cardinals have already talked too.
Here’s what is the thought as of now.
Matt Patricia is going to be the Detroit Lions head coach, at least that is the belief of many.
This was expected literally from day one. The Lions offense is fine, the Lions defense is especially not good. Patricia fixes the defense while Jim Bob Cooter stays on as offensive coordinator and the Lions offense marches forward.
Take one name off the list of potential Cards coaches.
Next, there seems to be some disconnect within the media on who the Chicago Bears are zeroing in on, but it appears they may be waiting for Josh McDaniels, Pat Shurmur or John DeFilippo.
With DeFilippo however, it seems like Greg Gabriel doesn’t see it:
People very close to Philly think DeFilippo is a solid candidate but a year away. Doubt he can put together a strong staff. Some names floated as potential coaches prove that.— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) January 7, 2018
From people I respect inthe league.. Shurmur is the best candidate. Great job in Minny andcan put together the best staff. Has the experience. Flip is worse candidate for similar reasons But, obviously not my or their call— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) January 7, 2018
What I’ve heard about DeFilippo’s coordinators is that he’s willing to keep the defensive coordinator of certain teams, allegedly Vic Fangio in Chicago, his offensive coordinator will either be veteran offensive coordinator Greg Knapp or up and coming Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver coach Mike Groh. Now, if he were to take the Cardinals gig, would he keep James Bettcher? Would Bettcher stay?
If you’re not a Knapp fan, then Gabriel’s comments make sense. DeFilippo and Groh is a young duo, you’d have to be very comfortable with a lack of play calling experience to sign off on that. The defensive coordinator I’m hearing if DeFilippo brings one in his Eagles defensive line coach Phillip Daniels (all of this assumes they can get those guys away from their currents teams, as NFL teams can block position coaches to coordinator moves).
Now, you’re reading this because what about the Arizona Cardinals?
Well, it sounds like, and again this is putting together information, that the Cardinals focus is on Shurmur, Mike Munchak and Steve Wilks. Based on people I’ve spoken too, the leader in the clubhouse to most is Munchak, but that may be because they are hedging against Shurmur taking another offer. They’ve yet to interview Wilks, so that could change.
The Cardinals should have Armstrong and Wilks interviewed by the end of today, so let’s wait and see how those go and if we get some more information coming out.