If we believe the various reports and rumors, the Cardinals have all but decided to hire Andy Reid. If we believe the Cardinals, they still have more homework to do before making a decision.
So what’s the truth? In early January, that’s often as elusive as it is in late April, as the draft approaches.
In this case, there’s a chance that Reid’s agent, Bob LaMonte, is working overtime to create the impression that the Cardinals have gone overboard for Reid, in the hopes of conjuring a market where one may not exist — especially not at the financial level to which Reid is accustomed.
Over the weekend, we reported that Reid wants to coach the Chargers. The Chargers have yet to show interest. Also, there has been a feeling in some league circles that, when the music eventually stops, Reid may not have a seat.
What better way, then, to smoke out the Chargers or anyone else than by creating the impression that the Cardinals are poised to pluck Reid from the unemployment line?
At this point, it’s unclear whether the Cardinals are simply being coy or whether Reid, via LaMonte, is taking liberties with reality. Regardless, it doesn’t hurt Reid to have other teams thinking that the Cardinals are in hot pursuit.