Andy Reid Lobbying To Coach Arizona Cardinals
Broadcast reports out of Phoenix lay claim that the Arizona Cardinals will soon announce the hiring of former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid to take over as the head coach in the desert, replacing Ken Whisenhunt who, along with GM Rod Graces, were fired themselves on the NFL’s Black Monday. As a side note, “Whiz” could be headed to Buffalo as their new lead man, replacing the fired Chan Gailey.
The report, from KTVK TV in Phoenix, claims the Cards will make it official within days, first having to fulfill the Rooney rule and interview a minority candidate and that will be defensive coordinator Ray Horton before making the Reid hiring official.
The fit makes a lot of sense on two fronts. First off Reid’s wife, Tammy is from the Phoenix area and has family that resides in the desert. Secondly, it was Reid who traded Kevin Kolb, the injured Cardinals quarterback to Arizona two years ago and would be reunited with him when Kolb recovers from his many injuries. A source according to the KTVK report claims the deal is “95% done.”
Before the Eagles were blasted by the Giants to close the season and Reid’s 14 year run in Philadelphia rumors surfaced he was assembling a coaching staff in looking ahead to his next gig.
The Cardinals started the season 4-0 but poor play and injuries derailed their season. Their QB situation was a disaster with Ryan Lindley and John Skelton splitting time due to Kolb being injured. Both were dreadful as was the Cardinals’ offensive line. After that tremendous start the cardinals went on a nine game losing streak, the first team ever to start 4-0 then drop nine in a row.
Both Whisenhunt and Reid took their prior teams to one super bowl each. In fact, Whisenhunt’s cardinals defeated Reid’s Eagles in the NFC title game to reach the Super Bowl, which was won by the Pittsburgh Steelers.