Cardinals fill out coaching staff with 13 new names


Cardinals coach Bruce Arians filled out his coaching staff Tuesday, with the team announcing the addition of 13 assistants.

Some of the names have trickled out previously, but, with a deep breath, here’s the complete list: Special teams coordinator Amos Jones, outside linebackers coach James Bettcher, defensive line coach Brentson Buckner, linebackers coach Mike Caldwell, tight ends coach Rick Christophel, wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, offensive assistant Kevin Garver, assistant special teams/assistant tight ends Steve Heiden, running backs coach Stump Mitchell, pass rush specialist Tom Pratt, defensive backs coach Nick Rapone, cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross and assistant offensive line Larry Zierlein.

They also moved tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens to quarterbacks coach, and outside linebackers coach Ryan Slowik to defensive assistant/assistant defensive backs.

Along with defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and assistant head coach/offense Tom Moore, the staff includes more experience at the college level (196 years) than NFL (191), but 66 years of playing experience in the league.

Most of that playing experience comes from Buckner (12 years), Caldwell (11), Heiden (11) and Mitchell (nine).

Mitchell still holds the Cardinals franchise record for all-purpose yards, and is second on their all-time rushing list. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that in his playing days with the Panthers, Buckner once said “Pressure will make a monkey eat a hot pepper,” so his wisdom will obviously benefit the Cardinals.

6 responses to “Cardinals fill out coaching staff with 13 new names

  1. Arians put together ex NFL players as staff..cant say The same for The Steelers..actually playing The Game dose account for something thèse days

  2. I’m excited about the future of my Cardinals but after reading this not as excited as I want to be… Maybe if Bowles wasn’t the defensive coordinator! I just don’t like that move at all! Would much rather have Lovie Smith or Rob Ryan or anybody else almost…

  3. Championship!

    Re: Bowles, I agree that he wouldn’t be my first choice. But, Cardinals fans (all ten-fifteen of us) need to give Arians a chance. He’s payed his dues and wants to do it his way. I’m good with that.

    Lovie Smith will be a HC next year, without a doubt. No need to take a coordinator position on a new staff this season to potentially hurt his stock.

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