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Cardinals Interviewing Former Vikings OC John DeFilippo

After getting fired as the offensive coordinator of the Vikings in December, John DeFilippo seemed to lose all the traction he had built as a young, hot-shot candidate to become an NFL head coach.

The 40-year-old could be back in the league very soon, though, and it could be with the Cardinals, Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic reports.

DeFilippo has interviewed with the team for its vacant offensive coordinator position, according to multiple reports. John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM was the first to report the news.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals apparently have hired a running backs coach, luring James Saxon away from the Steelers, according to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. Saxon has served in that role for Pittsburgh for the past five seasons.

Saxon played eight seasons in the NFL as a running back, spending time with Chiefs (1988-91), Dolphins (1992-94) and Eagles (1995) before beginning his coaching career at Rutgers (1997-98). He’s been a running backs coach in the NFL for 19 seasons, previously working for the Bills (2000), Chiefs (2001-07) and Dolphins (2008-10).

DeFilippo has been coaching for 19 years, 12 of which have been spent as an NFL assistant. He was a quality control coach for the Giants (2005-06), a quarterbacks coach for the Raiders (2007-08), Jets (2009) and Eagles (2016-17). He also served as the Browns’ offensive coordinator in 2015. Additionally, DeFilippo also has college coaching experience at Fordham (2000), Notre Dame (2001-02), Columbia (2003-04) and San Jose State (2010-11).

Could the Cardinals Actually Dump Josh Rosen if Kyler Murray Enters the Draft?

Could the Cardinals dump last year’s top draft pick Josh Rosen in favor of QB Kyler Murray, who announced today that he was interested in being considered for the NFL draft?

Don’t doubt for a second that it couldn’t happen.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter states that the Cards would not only want to grab Murray when he finally comes out for the draft, but that they would then deal Rosen.

In an interview with Kliff Kingsbury, that took place back in October that recently resurfaced has him stating that he would draft Murray with the top pick if it was his, and guess what, now he’s got that with the Cards.

“I’d take him with the first pick in the draft if I could. I know he signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player and I would take him with the first pick,” Kingsbury said.

There’s plenty that can happen between now and the draft, but that’s a rather big statement for the Cards new head coach, and Schefter seems to be on top of it stating it might just happen.

USC Trojans OC Kliff Kingsbury to Interview with the Cardinals About Coaching Opening

The Card continue to be in the market for a new voice at the head coaching spot, and one new name that has popped up is former Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach and current USC Trojans offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports states that Kingsbury has scheduled interviews with the Jets as well as the Arizona Cardinals.

Kingsbury is one of the best offensive-minded personalities in the college ranks, and could revamp what was a more than bland Jets offense if he gets the position.

In Lubbock, Kingsbury was able to mentor some quarterback named Patrick Mahomes, who might end up as the league MVP for the Chiefs this season after throwing 50 touchdowns.

Kingsbury has also worked with the likes of Case Keenum, Davis Webb, and Baker Mayfield.

Don’t fall asleep on Kingsbury, as he could be the answer to what the Cards are looking for.

Rams QB Coach Zac Taylor to Interview for the Cardinals Head Coaching Job

Now in the market for a new head coach, the Cardinals will chat with Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor about the opening created on Monday.

Albert Breer of The MMQB reports that Arizona will talk to Taylor on Saturday about the job. He will chat with the Bengals on Friday.

Taylor was promoted to the QB coach of the Rams after Matt LaFleur left for the Titans. A 13-3 record for the Rams and a bye in the first-round haven’t hurt his stock whatsoever.

The Rams QB coach was the teams’ assistant wide receivers coach in 2017 and served as the University of Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator in 2016 before moving to Los Angeles.

It’s thought the team will look for a young and up and coming offensive mind after going the defensive route with just fired coach Steve Wilks.

Report: Cardinals to Move on From Head Coach Steve Wilks at the End of the Season

The Cardinals are looking like they are headed for the top pick in April’s NFL Draft, and with it the team sounds like they are going to have a new coach, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Steve Wilks is going to be canned at the end of the season next Sunday.

The Cardinals hired Wilks after five-year head coach Bruce Arians announced his retirement at the end of last season. But going into Sunday’s game vs. the Los Angeles Rams, the Cardinals are just 3-11 in Wilks’ first season at the helm.

The 49-year-old Wilks served as defensive backs coach and later as defensive coordinator for the Panthers before being hired by the Cardinals for his first NFL head-coaching job.

“One source said he could not envision a scenario in which the Cardinals would bring back Wilks, who was just hired in January — a sign of how quickly owners get unhappy and impatient,” Schefter wrote on Sunday.

Cardinals Ink Two Cornerbacks; Quinten Rollins and Dontae Johnson

The Cardinals are in search of effective cornerbacks to complement Patrick Peterson, and they signed two more options Tuesday.

Dontae Johnson and Quinten Rollins were added to the fold, while cornerback Chris Jones was released, Kyle Odegard of Azcardinals.com reports.

Johnson was a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2014. He started all 16 games for San Francisco last year and led the team with 76 tackles. He joined the Seahawks in the offseason and was projected to start at cornerback but injured his groin in the opener and was later released off injured reserve. Johnson signed with the Bills on Oct. 2 and was cut Oct. 30.

Rollins was a 2015 second-round pick of the Packers. Green Bay tried Rollins at safety in the preseason but placed him on injured reserve with a hamstring injury on Sept. 1 and released him nine days later. He has 15 career starts and three interceptions.

Cardinals Can’t Stop Rivers and the Chargers in 45-10 Loss in Los Angeles

The Cardinals defense was no match Sunday to Chargers QB Philip Rivers, as he tore them apart in the Cards latest setback, 45-10 in Los Angeles.

Arizona got off to a 10-0 lead after one quarter, but once Rivers and the Chargers settled in, they were unstoppable, as he set a NFL record with 25 straight first half completions.

On the day he went 28 of 29 for 259 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters. It was also his 11th straight game with multiple TD passes.

Josh Rosen, who grew up nearby in Manhattan Beach and played at UCLA, was 12 of 19 for 105 yards with a touchdown and interception.

David Johnson had 17 carries for 63 yards. The Cardinals had 108 yards of offense in the first quarter but just 41 the rest of the game.

The loss dropped them to 2-9 overall, 1-4 on the road.

Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Assault

TMZ Sports reports that Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones has plead guilty from an incident at a hotel in Arizona earlier this year. Here’s the story:

Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones has plead guilty to misdemeanor assault stemming from a shoving match in an AZ hotel bathroom earlier this year … TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, staffers at the W Hotel in Scottsdale told police Ricky bull-rushed his way into a guests-only restroom and gave this explanation to police — “Literally, I had to piss.”

Hotel staffers claimed they tried to politely turn Ricky away from the bathroom — but he wouldn’t take no for an answer.

A shoving match broke out and employees eventually tackled Ricky (6’5″, 245 lbs) down to the ground.

Cops reviewed the surveillance tape and arrested him on 3 misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal trespass.

But, Monday in court, Ricky cut a deal with prosecutors — in which he agreed to enter a guilty plea to Class 3 misdemeanor assault and, in exchange, the other charges were dropped.

It’s a good deal for Ricky who was facing up to 8 months in jail if convicted on all original counts.

As part of his sentence, Ricky has been ordered to complete an alcohol abuse program. If he keeps his nose clean until May 2019, the conviction will be wiped from his record.

And, of course, the NFL will also likely mete out its own punishment for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Seals-Jones had a solid rookie year for the Cardinals after signing as an undrafted free agent — but he’s cooled off in year 2 … with only 25 catches for 272 yards and 1 TD this season.

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