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Cardinals hire Manning’s old QB coach … to coach receivers

If Peyton Manning wants to join the Cardinals, he would find a familiar face there.

The Cardinals hired former Colts quarterbacks coach Frank Reich Wednesday, but they are making him a wide receivers coach. John McNulty is moving from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach in Arizona.

Reich was Manning’s quarterbacks coach for two seasons in Indianapolis. He was switched to receivers coach with the Colts in 2011.

It’s hard to imagine the Cardinals making a run at Manning because of timing. They have to pay Kevin Kolb a big roster bonus on March 17. It’s hard to imagine them coming to agreement with Manning on a deal before then, and the team has indicated it plans to bring Kolb back.

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19 Responses to “Cardinals hire Manning’s old QB coach … to coach receivers”
  1. apooster says: Feb 8, 2012 2:45 PM

    Manning to Fitzgerald would be absolutely lethal.

  2. ragujar says: Feb 8, 2012 2:49 PM

    How hard is it to dump Kevin Kolb and worry about trying to get Manning later?

    Worst case scenario is you’re stuck with Skelton who outplayed Kolb anyway.

  3. suprinelolskins says: Feb 8, 2012 2:56 PM

    Whisenhunt’s getting fired without a winning season.

  4. irishnativeson says: Feb 8, 2012 3:20 PM

    I vaguely remember a dude named Frank Reich that played for the Bills back in the day.

  5. keepitsimplestoopid says: Feb 8, 2012 4:00 PM

    @ irishnativeson Yup, I think that’s him. He came in after Kelly was injured and helped the Bills win that epic comeback against the Oilers in January 1993.

  6. wideright91 says: Feb 8, 2012 4:11 PM

    As Chris Berman called him, “Frank Lloyd Reich, the architect of comebacks”

  7. westcoastredbird says: Feb 8, 2012 4:14 PM

    Peyton would be nice to team with Fitz. I like the idea of Pierre Garcon also being a free agent to team with Fitz. The Cards could concentrate on fixing their godawful offensive line mess. Peyton would be a fool to expect Levi Brown (he of the teflon hands) to have his back. Levi is a free agent and may have to play for free next year just to get on the field somewhere. Joanthan Martin or Riley Rieff would be a nice upgrade and possibly help lure Peyton.

  8. dwoofer says: Feb 8, 2012 4:34 PM

    Welcome, Frank Reich !

  9. brenenostler says: Feb 8, 2012 4:49 PM

    This is one destination I can realistically see for Manning. Just cut Kolb, and even if you don’t land Manning, you have a guy that did better than Kolb anyway. And if you do land Manning, Skelton can learn for a few years under him and then take over as the franchise QB.

  10. jakek2 says: Feb 8, 2012 4:57 PM

    wideright91 says:
    Feb 8, 2012 4:11 PM
    As Chris Berman called him, “Frank Lloyd Reich, the architect of comebacks”
    I do believe that the real architect Frank Lloyd Wright is from Arizona.

  11. jwreck says: Feb 8, 2012 5:24 PM

    wideright91 says:
    Feb 8, 2012 4:11 PM
    As Chris Berman called him, “Frank Lloyd Reich, the architect of comebacks”
    I do believe that the real architect Frank Lloyd Wright is from Arizona.
    Way to be that weird, quiet kid at the far end of the lunch table in high school who inserts irrelevant information that breaks up the flow of actual conversations.

    And on top of that, how embarrassing is it to be wrong about the information provided in your your nerdy, off-putting interruptions. Frank Llloyd Wright is not from Arizona. Seriously, how hard is it to go to wikipedia, type in Frank Lloyd Wright, take one glance at the page, and not look like an complete idiot.

  12. chocolatebaconbutter says: Feb 8, 2012 5:40 PM

    What’s wrong with picking up the bonus on Kolb and still going after Manning? At worst you have to pay Kolb a boatload to be a backup to Manning for 1 year. Then you can let him go. I’ve not heard anyone address this option. Is this feasible cap-wise?

  13. blc0732 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:18 PM

    What’s next, hiring an offensive line coach to be the defensive coordinator… Never mind, that it just crazy – no one would do something that stupid.

  14. brenenostler says: Feb 8, 2012 6:21 PM

    @ chocolatebaconbutter

    The Cards will have to decide if they think Kolb will produce much better results in 2012. I think he can. But will he? Because you don’t pay a guy all that money when you can get the same results for a lower price. Besides, if Manning really does come to Arizona, Kolb will be the odd man out anyway.

  15. dolfan1 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:22 PM

    Total desperation move! (Peyton please come here we hired your buddy!)

  16. joecb91 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:45 PM

    Worst case scenario is you’re stuck with Skelton who outplayed Kolb anyway.


    Even though Kolb’s passer rating was 12 points higher.

  17. wussbasket says: Feb 8, 2012 7:09 PM

    well at least they didnt pull the crap the Eagles pulled and made him their defensive coordinator. hell they even kept him on the same side of the ball

  18. salmen76 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:47 AM

    Wow! So that’s where ole Frank Reich is these daze. He played for the Bills as their back-up QB behind Jim Kelly when they lost 4 Super Bowls in a row. Then he was released after the 4th SB loss, signed by the Chargers where he backed up Humphries i believe and they went to and lost the Super Bowl that season to the 49rs quarterbacked by Steve Young. That’s right. Ole Frank Reich is the only player in NFL history to lose 5 Super Bowls in a row. FIVE. That’s crazy ain’t it? Poor guy. Geaux Saints!

  19. mclennon99 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:48 AM

    I know Frank Reich personally and not only has Arizona hired a GREAT former NFL Quarterback but also one of the greatest offensive minded coaches in the league as well. Ask Jim Kelly and he’ll tell you just how much he depended on Frank during a game to give him insight on an opposing defense or ideas on what might surprise the opponent too. I’m sure Marv Levy will attest to this as well as would Ted Marchibroda. But most importantly, Frank Reich is an outstanding person and will be a great coach and mentor to the Cardinals. I can tell you now Larry Fitzgerald will absolutely LOVE him and will find that Frank has a way of getting the most out of his players. Mark my words…one day Frank Reich will be one of the most sought after younger assistant coaches when a head coaching job comes up. Give him about 2 or 3 years. He will be the next “Offensive Genius”….CONGRATS FRANK….RICK

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