Despite reports suggesting that Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm could decline an opportunity to interview for the head-coaching job in Buffalo, it appears that Grimm will proceed.
The Arizona Republic reports that the Bills have received permission from the Cardinals to talk to Grimm this week, as the Cardinals prepare to play the Saints.
Under league rules, teams that win in the wild-card round may grant or deny permission for head-coaching interviews to assistant coaches in the following week. No hire can be made until the playoff run ends.
Per the Republic, the interview could happen on Wednesday or Thursday evening in Arizona, or possibly on Sunday, the day after the division-round game.
Even if Grimm has misgivings about taking the job, it makes sense for him to talk to the Bills. The more he interviews, the better he’ll be when interviewing — and the more he’ll be asked to interview.
Eventually, a sense will develop that it’s inevitable Grimm will get an offer.
And when that happens, Grimm will have to think long and hard about whether it’s the first of many, or the first of only a few. Sometimes, the window closes as quickly as it opened.
For more on this point, we yield the balance of our time to Jason Garrett.