We’ve already seen one report on Tuesday that the Cardinals are “very close” to hiring Andy Reid to be their next head coach and now comes one that says the Cardinals want to move as quickly as possible to get Reid in the fold.
Adam Schefter of ESPN spoke to a source who was “95 percent” certain that Reid would wind up as the team’s next head coach and to an assistant who said that Reid has been working to put together a staff to join him. It might not be more than a couple of days before Reid officially joins the team. Schefter reports that defensive coordinator Ray Horton will interview for the top job on Wednesday, a meeting that would satisfy the Rooney Rule and allow the team to move forward with Reid.
Tuesday also brought a report from Kenny Roda of ESPN 850 in Cleveland that former Browns General Manager Tom Heckert would join Reid in Arizona, a reunion that others have speculated about given their past relationship in Philadelphia. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that her sources say Heckert is “very unlikely” to wind up in Arizona and that he has interviews lined up elsewhere. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic hasn’t heard anything on Heckert and reports that Horton will be interviewing Tuesday afternoon, which could speed the whole process up even more.
Things should sort themselves out soon enough as the Cardinals appear poised to be the first of the teams to replace the coach they fired on Monday.