Suddenly, only two head-coaching vacancies remain.
And there’s not much mystery with the openings in Arizona and Jacksonville. As to the latter, the widespread thinking is that G.M. Dave Caldwell is waiting for his John Carroll teammate and roommate, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. As to the former, there’s increasing chatter that Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will be offered the head-coaching job with the Cardinals.
Arians, we’re told, wanted the Chicago job, where he was a finalist. Though it’s believed he won’t be leaving the Colts for any head-coaching job, the Cardinals’ vacancy is regarded as one of the worst available, given the absence of a great quarterback and the presence of increasingly stiff competition in the division.
Moreover, the Cardinals aren’t exactly known for supporting their coaches. Ken Whisenhunt tied Jim Hanifan for the longest tenure in franchise history with six seasons. And then Whisenhunt, who took the Cardinals farther than they had gone since Harry Truman was president, was fired the next day.
The only potential glitch in the hiring of Arians could be the ongoing presence of defensive coordinator Ray Horton. If the Cardinals insist on keeping him and Arians doesn’t want to do that, Arians could pass on the job.
If he does, the position could go to Horton, or to Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.