Arizona Cardinals offseason news updates: Defensive assistant Bullen hired by Illinois

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The Arizona Cardinals finished their season with a 4-13 record earlier this month after their 38-13 loss in the season finale to the San Francisco 49ers.

Speculation immediately turned to the future of head coach Kliff Kingsbury after the game and Kingsbury was fired on Monday. Cardinals principal owner and president Michael Bidwill hired a new general manager in Monti Ossenfort from the Tennessee Titans' front office after Steve Keim decided to leave the organization entirely following the medical leave of absence he had been on since last month.

Check out the latest news, speculation and rumors surrounding the NFL coaching job, and other team news. Keep coming back for more updates on the searches.

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This is a 2022 photo of Charlie Bullen of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. This image reflects the Arizona Cardinals active roster as of Thursday, May 12, 2022 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Cardinals lose defensive assistant to college ranks

Former Cardinals outside linebackers coach Charlie Bullen was hired by Illinois of the Big Ten to be the program's outside linebackers coach and pass rush coordinator, the university announced Saturday.

Bullen joined the Cardinals before the 2019 season after seven seasons on the Miami Dolphins staff. During his four seasons in Arizona, he coached such top pass rushers as Markus Golden, Chandler Jones and Haason Reddick, and this past year worked with Golden and a trio of promising rookies, Cameron Thomas, Myjai Sanders and Jesse Luketa, among others.

Bullen is a native of suburban Chicago and attended a Big Ten college, Iowa, where he also coached. He has Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the institution.

Kyler Murray shows surgically-repaired knee

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray on Friday posted a photo on his Instagram stories showing his surgically repaired right knee. He had surgery to repair a torn ACL almost four weeks ago.

Murray is not expected to be available for any offseason workouts nor training camp, based on the expected time for his knee to heal and the rehabilitation that comes with it.

Quinn stays with Cowboys, Reich hired by Panthers

Sep 26, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn at MetLife Stadium.

On the day the Cardinals had Sean Payton at the team facility for an interview for the head coach job, two other candidates are off the board for the position.

While Payton met with Cardinals president and owner Michael Bidwill and General Manager Monti Ossenfort, Dan Quinn opted to remain the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator despite the interest in him from the Cardinals and other teams to be their head coach in announcements made Thursday.

Frank Reich, the former Indianapolis Colts head coach, was named new head coach of the Carolina Panthers on Thursday. Reich reportedly interviewed with the Cardinals last week.

The remaining candidates for the Cardinals job are Payton, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Brian Flores and Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans canceled an interview with the Cardinals as he focuses on the NFC playoffs.

Report: Cardinals interview Dan Quinn, will hire assistant GM

According to a pair of NFL Network reports Saturday morning, the Cardinals have requested an interview for the vacant head coach job with Dan Quinn, the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator who has a playoff game to prepare for this weekend.

That interview took place virtually for about an hour on Saturday, it was reported on the network's NFL GameDay pregame show prior to the Jacksonville-Kansas City divisional round game.

The Cardinals are also set to hire, according to the report, an assistant general manager in Dave Sears.

Sears is currently the Detroit Lions' director of college scouting and will work with new Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort. The two worked together as scouts with the Houston Texans years ago.

The addition of Sears could mean other front office changes for the Cardinals, whom as of last week were still employing Quentin Harris and Adrian Wilson, two personnel executives developed in the organization.

Ossenfort, according to the NFL Network, will meet with Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to discuss Hopkins' future with the team as soon as next week. The team could decide to trade Hopkins, as has been widely speculated, to get back draft picks.

Quinn becomes the eighth head coach candidate the Cardinals have either interviewed. Another candidate, 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, is to interview with the Cardinals before San Francisco hosts the Cowboys on Sunday, according to an ESPN report.

That report was debunked by a 49ers beat reporter, David Lombardi of The Athletic, who said Ryans was not going to interview Sunday and that such an appointment on the day of a playoff game would be unprecedented.

Quinn was the Associated Press NFL Assistant Coach of the Year in 2021, his first season in Dallas. He was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2015 to 2020, and helped the Seattle Seahawks win their only Super Bowl title as the defensive coordinator for the famed "Legion of Boom" secondary in 2013.

Cardinals' Shawn Jefferson linked to Patriots opening

The candidates for openings around the NFL at offensive and defensive coordinator are beginning to emerge, and one name is Shawn Jefferson of the Cardinals, who had been associate head coach and wide receivers coach on Kliff Kingsbury's staff.

Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

According to a CBS Sports report, Jefferson is to interview for the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator position on Friday. Jefferson has spent 18 seasons as an NFL assistant after 13 seasons as a player, four with the Patriots.

New England head coach Bill Belichick did not officially name an offensive coordinator on his staff in 2022. The Patriots' 315 yards of total offense per game were 26th in the NFL.

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn talks with reporters before OTAs on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the team practice facility in Allen Park.

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Cardinals ask permission to interview Lions assistant

The NFL Network reported Wednesday that the Cardinals have requested an interview with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, who helped the Lions go 9-8 this season and finish in second place in the NFC North.

Statistically, the Lions' defense was near the bottom if not the very bottom of the league in several categories. But Detroit improved from 3-13-1 in 2021 to above .500.

Glenn was also a hit on HBO's "Hard Knocks" for his scenes and speeches in the show. The 50-year-old former NFL defensive back was a three-time Pro Bowler who spent most of his career with the New York Jets.

Glenn becomes the seventh known candidate for Cardinals head coach. His interview is reportedly set for Saturday.

Another head coach candidate: Ejiro Evero

The Cardinals, according to a report from the NFL Network, have requested permission to interview Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero for their head coach opening. That brings the list of confirmed and reported candidates for the position to six.

Defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero of the Denver Broncos takes notes in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on Oct. 2, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Confirmed by team: Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who is to be interviewed soon.

Reported as having been interviewed: Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich.

Reported as having been requested by the Cardinals for permission to interview: Sean Payton, Brian Flores, DeMeco Ryans, Ejiro Evero. The New Orleans Saints have granted permission to the Cardinals to interview Payton.

Evero is a longtime NFL assistant who has held coaching positions with the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won a Super Bowl as part of the Rams staff last season before joining the Broncos in 2022 and guiding a top-10 NFL defense.

Evero has drawn interest from the Texans, Colts, Panthers and Broncos to fill their head coach vacancies.

Report: Frank Reich interviews for head coach

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Indianapolis Colts At Arizona Cardinals At State Farm Stadium In Glendale Ariz On Saturday Dec 25 2021 Christmas Day Nfl

According to ESPN, the Cardinals interviewed former Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich on Tuesday, the same day Arizona introduced new general manager Monti Ossenfort at the team facility.

So it stands to reason that Ossenfort's first task as Cardinals GM was to take part in conducting the interview with Reich, who coached the Cardinals' wide receivers in 2012 under former head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Reich, 61, joins Vance Joseph (Cardinals defensive coordinator), DeMeco Ryans (49ers defensive coordinator), Brian Flores (Steelers linebackers coach) and Sean Payton (former Saints head coach) as candidates to become Cardinals head coach. The Cardinals will soon interview Joseph, it was confirmed Tuesday, and have been granted permission to interview Payton while having made requests to speak with Ryans and Flores.

Reich was fired after Week 9 this season, with the Colts at 3-5-1. Indianapolis brought in former Colt Jeff Saturday straight from ESPN as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

As player, Reich spent 13 seasons in the NFL as a backup quarterback, most notably with the Buffalo Bills.

Ryans can be interviewed in person Tuesday

September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

After defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and his San Francisco 49ers unit held the Seattle Seahawks without a meaningful point in the second half of the 49ers' 41-23 wild card playoff win Saturday, Ryans became an even hotter head coach candidate.

This from the NFL Network's NFL GameDay show prior to the start of Sunday's wild card games. The Cardinals joined the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans as teams that requested permission to speak with Ryans and can interview him in person starting Tuesday, and the network reported that those interviews will take place toward the end of the week.

On the Sean Payton front, speculation arose after the Los Angeles Chargers blew a 27-0 lead and lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday night that the Chargers could fire head coach Brandn Staley and go after Payton.

CBS Sports reported before the Dolphins-Bills game Sunday that Payton is the leading candidate for the Broncos' head coach opening, but that "everybody in the league knows" that Payton has had his eye on the Chargers job.

It wasn't open before Saturday night, but after such a bad loss, it might be. Other NFL insiders have speculated that the Chargers aren't likely to go after Payton and instead, changes could be made within Staley's staff.

The Panthers, ESPN reported, are the latest team to have requested permission to interview Payton, joining the Cardinals, Texans and Broncos. Those are four of the five teams with openings at head coach.

A price to pay for Payton

24. (21) New Orleans Saints: Things are getting very hot and hectic in New Orleans. That’s when they say a team’s true colors really show. After listening to coach Sean Payton’s postgame press conference, I’ve got the feeling this remains an arrogant and unapologetic franchise. The egos are so big with the Saints, they’ll never be willing to make necessary changes, which is why they are 2-4.

Should the Cardinals offer the head coaching position to Sean Payton, they will have to compensate the New Orleans Saints since Payton is still under contract with that team. Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis made that crystal clear Friday in comments to media who cover the team.

That compensation has yet to be worked out between the Saints and the three teams who have been given permission to interview Payton, the Cardinals, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos.

Would the Cardinals be willing to give up the No. 3 overall pick in the draft in April to get Payton? Houston has the No. 2 and No. 12 picks and the Broncos do not select in Round 1 until late, after it is determined where the San Francisco 49ers finish after the playoffs.

Some have speculated that the Cardinals are in the lead to land Payton. If so, draft pick compensation seems sure to be the asking price.

"It’s going to be different for every team because they have different picks and different things available to them,” Loomis said. “They have to get our permission to have a discussion with him, and then we have to have the compensation settled before they can actually hire him."

Pittsburgh Steelers senior defensive assistant Brian Flores, right, watches as the team goes through drills during an NFL football practice on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Pittsburgh.

Cardinals request permission to speak with Brian Flores

The Arizona Cardinals have requested permission to interview Brian Flores for their head coaching position, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Flores is the linebackers coach and a senior defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He went 24-25 in three seasons as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2019-21.

He was with the New England Patriots from 2004-18, spending time in a variety of roles, including scouting assistant, pro scout, special teams assistant, special teams coach, defensive assistant, safeties coach and linebackers coach.

Flores is drawing interest with the Cardinals though he has a lawsuit pending against the NFL and six teams − the Dolphins, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and the Cardinals. It claims discrimination from his firing by the Dolphins and in the interview process with the Giants and Broncos.

The lawsuit in federal court alleges, among other things, that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered Flores money for losing games on purpose so as to improve Miami's draft position. With regard to the Giants, it alleges racism in the interview process in that New York interviewed him for its head coach position (which was offered to Brian Daboll) for no other reason than compliance with the NFL's Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for open positions.

Since the suit was filed, coaches Ray Horton (now retired) and Steve Wilks have joined as plaintiffs, which has led to the addition of the Cardinals as one of the teams being sued. Wilks, who took over as the Carolina Panthers' interim head coach this season and went 6-6 to give them a shot at the NFC South title, was fired after one season in Arizona following the 2018 and replaced by Kliff Kingsbury.

Wilks has sued the Cardinals and is in the running to be named permanent Panthers head coach after his success this season.

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Cardinals request interview with 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans

The 49ers announced Thursday that the Cardinals have requested permission to interview defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans for the vacant head coaching position in Arizona.

The news comes a day after it was learned that Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill had formally reached out to the Saints and was granted permission to interview former Saints coach Sean Payton, who is still under contract for two more years with New Orleans.

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) talks to San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans (right) after the game on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, at Levi's Stadium. The two were teammates for a year during Watt's rookie season in Houston in 2011.

Ryans, 38, was a linebacker in the NFL for 10 seasons with the Texans and Eagles before joining the 49ers’ coaching staff in 2017, first as a defensive quality control coach, then as the team’s inside linebackers coach before becoming defensive coordinator in 2021.

The Broncos, Texans and Panthers have also requested interviews with Ryans. Because the 49ers meet the Seahawks in an NFC West Wild Card game on Saturday, the Cardinals would have to wait until after that game to interview him.

Ryans spoke about the process when meeting with San Francisco area reporters.

“It’s very humbling to be able to get requests for head coaching interviews,” he said “It’s humbling when you think about a lot of guys who’ve coached before me and a lot of guys put in a lot of years – a guy like Bobby Turner (the 49ers’ 73-year-old running backs coach) comes to mind and all the years he put in.

“I think about guys like that and them not being able to get the opportunity and me, truly being able to go represent them. And that’s what it means, it means a lot for the other guys that have been before me. And it’s special to be able to be in a select group, to have head coaching interviews and people requesting. It’s a special moment, it’s a proud moment and I’m very thankful and grateful just to be spoken of in that light.”

--Bob McManaman

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Cardinals request permission to interview Ravens' Joe Hortiz for GM

The Cardinals have requested permission to interview the Ravens’ director of player personnel Joe Hortiz for their vacant general manager position, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Baltimore Ravens first-round pick Tyler Linderbaum, second from right, is pictured with head coach John Harbaugh, second from left, director of player personnel Joe Hortiz, left, and executive vice president and general manager Eric DeCosta, right.

Hortiz, 48, has spent 25 years with the Ravens. He was promoted from the team’s director of college scouting in 2009 before becoming Baltimore’s director of player personnel in 2015.

Last year, he interviewed for GM positions with both the Giants and Steelers.

--Bob McManaman

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Cardinals to interview Vance Joseph for head coach position

The Arizona Cardinals are going to interview defensive coordinator Vance Joseph for their head coaching position, according to a report from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Fowler reported that the interview was expected to happen next week, writing that Joseph is "well-respected in the building."

Joseph has been Arizona's defensive coordinator for four seasons, all under former head coach Kingsbury.

He was the head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2017 and 2018, where he posted an 11-21 record.

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is a candidate to become the team's head coach.

Cunningham in GM interview Thursday

The Cardinals are moving in looking for their next general manager. According to an report, the team is interviewing Chicago Bears assistant general manager Ian Cunningham Thursday.

This is a 2022 photo of Ian Cunningham of the Chicago Bears NFL football team. This image reflects the Chicago Bears active roster as of Thursday, April 28, 2022 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Cunningham also has front office experience with the Philadelphia Eagles and as a scout with the Baltimore Ravens. Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill is likely familiar with Cunningham from the NFL's Front Office Accelerator program last month, and also in May of 2022.

The program is designed to promote more diversity in the NFL.

Bidwill has mentioned the Accelerator program in the past as a place where he's found quality front office candidates. The Cardinals also have a history of diversity in hiring going back to that late Bill Bidwill's ownership of the team.

"We’ve had two accelerator programs this year, one in May and one just last month in Dallas and that gave us an ability to visit with and get to know a number of the up-and-coming GM and personnel candidates. I already feel like we’ve started down that road," Michael Bidwill said Monday. "These won’t be the first conversations I’ve had with a number of these folks not knowing where we'd be today back in May or even last month. I think it’s been a very good process that the NFL has created and it’s given me and us a real head start."

Antonio Hamilton moving on?

Cardinals cornerback Antonio Hamilton posted a message on Twitter that might be a goodbye to Arizona.

Hamilton, who turns 30 this month, has played the past two seasons with the Cardinals. He appeared in 10 games with five starts and set career highs in pass breakups with five and tackles with 40 in 2022. He also got his first career interception.

A free-agent-to-be, Hamilton played on a one-year contract this past season.

Hamilton also dealt with injuries in 2022. Most notably, the burns on his feet and legs that he suffered as a result of a cooking accident caused him to miss the first month of the season, after he'd won a starting job out of training camp and the preseason.

Hamilton, a well-liked and respected player who mentored younger players, successfully returned from that nightmare. But he finished the season with a hip injury and missed the last two games.

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Cardinals receive permission to speak with Sean Payton

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton calls out from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Cardinals have received permission to interview former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who is still under contract with the Saints.

Rapoport tweeted: "The #AZCardinals have received permission to speak with #Saints coach Sean Payton, sources say, as they plot out their coaching search. One of the more coveted coaches available, Payton also has an interview looming with the #Broncos."

Rapoport also reported that Payton has an interview set with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.

If the Cardinals were to hire him to replace Kliff Kingsbury, whom they fired after four seasons on Monday, they will have to pay the Saints compensatory allowance, which likely would be in the form of a high draft pick or picks and/or a financial payment.

Payton, 59, went 152-89 in 15 seasons as the head coach of the Saints,. He led them to a victory in Super Bowl XLIV and won Coach of the Year honors in 2006. He reportedly could command an annual salary of $20 million. In addition to the Cardinals, the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans have also asked and received permission from the Saints to interview Payton.

He went 9-8 in playoff games. Recent odds peg Payton as the favorite to coach the Cardinals.

-- Bob McManaman

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Sean Payton coached the New Orleans Saints from 2006-21, winning a Super Bowl following the 2009 season.

49ers assistant GM declines interview with Cardinals

Adam Peters, the 49ers’ assistant general manager, has declined to interview with the Cardinals and Titans for their vacant GM positions, according to a report by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Peters will instead focus his attention on helping the 49ers during their postseason run, which begins Saturday with an NFC Wild Card game against the visiting Seahawks. San Francisco finished the season with 10 straight wins to capture the NFC West title with a 13-4 record.

Peters is in his sixth season with the 49ers, his second as assistant GM. He spent the previous four years as the club’s vice president of player personnel. Previously, he worked with the Broncos from 2009-16, serving as Denver’s director of college scouting in his last season there. He's also spent time in the Patriots’ scouting department.

-- Bob McManaman

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DeAndre Hopkins done in Arizona?

Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins posted a photo of himself on his Instagram account Wednesday. It is captioned with the words "Forever grateful."

Given the recent buzz about a possible trade of Hopkins in the offseason (he has two years and more than $34 million left on his contract), the words could be perceived as a foreshadowing of his departure. Hopkins has a no-trade clause in his contract but if he's saying goodbye to the Cardinals, it seems he's willing to waive it.

Hopkins has proved in his three seasons in Arizona that when healthy, he can put up big numbers. He's become known for effortless one-handed grabs, and is a locker room leader whose own brand of community involvement has left a good impression on many in the Phoenix area.

He missed the first six games of this past season due to suspension for violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy. He returned from that and played well for the most part, but missed the season's last two games with a knee injury.

The Cardinals would take a major salary cap hit in keeping Hopkins, and with the team headed in a new direction with a general manager and head coach soon to be hired, Hopkins might be looking to get out and move to a team that is better situated for the playoffs and/or the Super Bowl.

— José Romero

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Cardinals sign 14 players to future contracts

The Cardinals announced they have signed 14 players to future contracts for the 2023 season. Twelve of the 14 players spent time with the team this past season.

They are punter Nolan Cooney, offensive linemen Lachavious Simmons, Julien Davenport and Badara Traore, cornerback Nate Hairston, safeties JuJu Hughes and Josh Thomas, linebacker Blake Lynch, tight ends Chris Pierce and Bernhard Seikovits and wide receivers Auden Tate and Javon Wims.

The two new faces are kicker Elliott Frye and long snapper Joe Fortunato.

Frye has kicked in three games in his career since entering the league in 2019 with the Bears as an undrafted rookie free agent out of South Carolina. He is 5 of 6 on field goals, having kicked for the Bengals, Chiefs and Falcons. He has spent time on the practice squads with Atlanta, Kansas City, Green Bay and Cincinnati.

Fortunato entered the league with the Colts as an undrafted free agent from Delaware and has also spent time with the Cowboys and Packers prior to spending time on he Broncos’ practice squad this past season.

-- Bob McManaman

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General manager candidates emerge

Cardinals principal owner and president Michael Bidwill's search for a general manager is one that has seen him look at internal and external candidates. Bidwill hopes to hire a GM before a head coach, ideally, but said Monday that if the right head coach candidate is there and decided on, the team wouldn't hesitate to move on that hire.

Bidwill confirmed that he has spoken to Cardinals vice president of player personnel Quentin Harris and vice president of pro personnel Adrian Wilson about the general manager position. He confirmed that an interview with an external candidate had already taken place as of Monday, and it's been speculated that Buffalo Bills senior director of pro personnel Malik Boyd is that person.

Boyd is a former Cardinals scout whom Bidwill knows well from more than a decade of having Boyd on staff.

As mentioned in The Republic on Monday, reports from several outlets have linked the Cardinals to Chicago Bears assistant general manager Ian Cunningham, Tennessee Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort and San Francisco 49ers director of pro personnel Ran Carthon and assistant GM Adam Peters. There have been requests made for interviews for that group.

NFL Media on Tuesday reported that Jerry Reese, who won two Super Bowls as general manager of the New York Giants, interviewed with the Cardinals.

The Titans have expressed interest in an interview with Harris for their general manager position, the NFL Network reported Monday.

— José Romero

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Lack of diverse experience doomed Cardinals' Kliff Kingsbury era

The Arizona Republic's Greg Moore writes in his latest column: "It’s too bad that Kliff Kingsbury got fired.

"It means that no matter what he tried, it just didn’t work.

"Kingsbury is a football junkie who’s going to walk away with great on-the-job experience and reportedly about $30 million after getting sacked with several years left on his contract.

"He was also a good guy to be around: self-deprecating and, at times, funny. Most of all, it was clear that he wanted to win; he just didn’t know how to do it."

Click here to read Moore's entire column on why Kingsbury was fired by the Cardinals.

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Why this coaching search will be different for Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers writes in his latest column: "When it comes to hiring coaches, this is not Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill’s first go-around. He’s been involved in so many that it’s almost surprising he’s not better at it by now.

"But the search Bidwill is about to embark upon, finding replacements for General Manager Steve Keim, who is stepping away for health reasons, and coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired Monday, will be unique for Bidwill.

"In previous searches, Bidwill always had a partner: his father, Bill; and former general manager Rod Graves and Keim. Over the decades, they tried everything to find a coach who could win consistently in Arizona."

You can read Somers' entire column on the Cardinals' coaching search here.

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Vance Joseph to get 'long look' as Arizona Cardinals head coach

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph would get a "long look" at becoming the head coach of the Cardinals in the aftermath of Kliff Kingsbury's firing.

"Expect #AZCardinals DC Vance Joseph to get a long look for HC in Arizona, source said," Rapoport tweeted. "He's very respected in the building."

Who could replace Kliff Kingsbury as Arizona Cardinals coach?

Who could replace Kliff Kingsbury as the coach of the Arizona Cardinals?

An early list of candidates includes former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, current Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and some former NFL coaches as well as up-and-coming coordinators.

Click here to see our list of potential candidates to be the next Cardinals coach.

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Cardinals fire Kliff Kingsbury after 4-13 season

The Arizona Cardinals have fired coach Kliff Kingsbury after four seasons, the team confirmed.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and's Ian Rapoport were among those to first report the news on Monday morning, one day after the Cardinals finished 4-13 on the season after a 38-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cardinals didn't win a game since beating the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10, 27-17, losing seven straight games to end the season.

Kingsbury went 28-37-1 in the regular season as the Cardinals' coach.

Click here to read more about the end of Kingsbury's tenure in Arizona.

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