Arians wanted Whisenhunt, Grimm if he got Bears job


Taking the Cardinals head coaching job apparently prevented Bruce Arians from assembling the coaching staff he really wanted.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Arians had a different staffing plan if he had gotten the Bears job instead, hoping to bring in some former Steelers co-workers.

The plan was to bring Ken Whisenhunt in as his offensive coordinator, and Russ Grimm as his line coach. Since the Cardinals had just fired the pair, that obviously wasn’t going to happen in the desert.

Instead, Whisenhunt went to San Diego to work on Mike McCoy’s Chargers staff as coordinator. Grimm’s still looking for work, though McCoy just hired his son Chad as an offensive quality control coach, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. The Chargers hired former Bills line coach Joe D’Alessandris for the same job there.

Arians hired Harold Goodwin as his offensive coordinator instead.

Bouchette wrote that Grimm wasn’t returning to the Cardinals even if Whisenhunt did, suggesting a lean on Whisenhunt that turned into a shove right out the door.

11 responses to “Arians wanted Whisenhunt, Grimm if he got Bears job

  1. Re: Grimm, had Whisenhunt stayed and Grimm not been let go, there would have been mutiny in Arizona.

    Russ Grimm is a HOF player, and most likely wasn’t given much to work with on that ‘Zona OLine. That said, coaching isn’t for every ex-player. The Cardinals OL has been in shambles for years. It was time for a change.

  2. Arians wanting Grimm as his line coach (if true) is the first thing I have heard that makes me wonder about Arians’ judgement. Hope his hire in AZ is ready to be a teaching OL coach–we need that.

  3. Heard this on ESPN 1000 with Waddle and Silvy from John Clayton a few days after Trestman got hired. ESPN beat you to the story by 3 weeks….OUCH

  4. Grimm is an awful offensive line coach. If he would have been anywhere near as bad of a head coach as he is at his position, the Steelers dodged a bullet when they opted for Tomlin over him.

  5. Bowles didn’t work miracles when he got the interim DC job in Philly, but I’m not sure that mess should be laid at his feet. Juan Castillo, Reid, and dumping the Wide 9 DL were a lot to overcome on the fly. Bowles has been a well regarded player, then coach, for many years, so we will see how he does in his first real chance as a DC.

  6. Sorry, Whisenhunt got a better opportunity in San Diego where their is a quality franchise quarterback in place. Might as well go with a quarterback that is proven and has shown signs of being elite in the past in Philip Rivers. Whisenhunts’ thinking process “Hmmmm…… Rivers or Kolb”

  7. Those of you dogging on how bad Grimm is as an OL coach… Have you noticed that Ben and Luck, the two QB’s in his offense the last several years, have been running for their lives?

  8. Doubt that Whis, newly fired from his first head-coaching position, would have wanted to wind up working for his former receivers coach–the guy who took his old job as OC when he moved up.

    And I don’t think the Steelers dodged a bullet when they took Tomlin over Grimm as HC. I’ve never believed the media stories that the Steelers were poised to hire Grimm. The guy was from Pittsburgh and had been our offensive line coach–but he didn’t in any way match Dan Rooney’s hiring history. Noll and Cowher were young defensive coordinators … just like Tomlin. The Steelers got exactly who they wanted.

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