A radio report by Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 in Arizona says the Cardinals have settled on their next defensive coordinator and it will be Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton.
Another report from Arizona Republic writer Kent Somers suggests that it may be premature to say Butler has the job. Somers writes that the Cardinals requested permission to speak with Horton, Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler, and Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss.
Somers believes the Cardinals have not heard back whether they have permission to speak to any of the three of them.
(Jurecki, for his part, says the Steelers denied Arizona’s ability to speak to Butler. Confused yet?)
For now, it only seems safe to predict that the Cardinals will hire a defensive coach that was just in the Super Bowl.
UPDATE: A Twitter page that appears to be from Butler’s son confirms the news the Steelers blocked Butler from speaking with the Cardinals. Butler is considered the heir apparent to Dick LeBeau in Pittsburgh.