Cardinals Getting Close to Hiring Panthers DC Steve Wilks as New Head Coach

The Cardinals are “closing in” on a deal to make Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks their next head coach according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

Wilks has interviewed with the team twice since Bruce Arians announced his retirement. The Cardinals also had Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong in for a second interview and were expected to meet with Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores for a second time this week. Those interviews could be canceled, however, if the Cardinals have really decided to go with Wilks.

The 48-year-old Wilks has just one season of coordinating experience, but he was the assistant head coach in Carolina before that and clearly wowed the Cardinals during the interview process. Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb is expected to join Wilks in Arizona as his defensive coordinator, and Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo has been linked with the offensive coordinator job

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Steelers Offensive Line Coach Mike Munchak Turns Down Second Interview with Cardinals For Coaching Job

After being identified as a ‘top candidate’ for the possible job of head coach of the Cardinals on Tuesday, today Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak turned down a second interview for the head coaching job, a source told Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Munchak has been Pittsburgh’s offensive line coach since 2014 after a three-year stint as the Tennessee Titans’ head coach. He was one of several candidates who interviewed for the vacancy in Arizona, along with New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFelippo.

Arizona is seeking a replacement for Bruce Arians, who retired earlier this month after five seasons with the Cardinals.

Steelers O-Line Coach Mike Munchak Emerges as a Top Candidate for the Cardinals Coaching Position

The Cardinals are still in the market for a head coach, and one name that has popped up as a solid candidate is that of Mike Munchak, currently the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach.

With the Steelers being eliminated from the playoffs this past weekend, the Cards can right away chat with Munchak, and it could be a perfect fit for he and team.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer Retires From the NFL

Carson Palmer, the Cardinals starting quarterback the past five years, announced his retirement on Tuesday afternoon, joining one of his former coaches, Bruce Arians, who stepped down on Monday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Palmer, 38, ended his last season on injured reserve after suffering a broken left arm against the Rams in London in Week 7.

Bruce Arians Leaving the Cardinals as Head Coach After Five Seasons

The Cardinals will be in the market for a new head coach, as Bruce Arians is walking away after five seasons leading the team.

Ian Rapoport stated on Twitter that it sounds like Arians is going to try his hand in the media.

#AZCardinals coaches are walking into a team meeting now where Bruce Arians will tell them he is retiring. He has a media agent. ? future?

Another tweet from Rapoport says that the Cards are going to look at Vikings OC Pat Shurmer, who does have prior coaching experience as head coach of the Browns.

Report: Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians Likely Done After Sunday’s Game

Here we go again, as today another report is out that Cards coach Bruce Arians is going to be walking away from the team after the club’s Sunday finale.

Arians is likely to step away after the season but hasn’t yet told the Cardinals his plans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The 65-year-old Arians has had a number of health problems, and his Cardinals have declined over the last two years and may need to go through a painful rebuilding period. So it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Arians decides it’s time to retire.

It’s been an on again, off again report most of the season that Arians is leaving the team, and only time will finally tell if this comes true or not.

One Possible Replacement for Bruce Arians Won’t Be Coming to the Cardinals

There was some chatter on Thursday about possibly the Cardinals going after Jets head coach Todd Bowels if Bruce Arians does decide to part ways with the Cards after the season finale on Sunday.

It won’t happen now, as today it was announced that the Jets have extended Bowels’ contract, along with Jets current general manager Mike Maccagnan.

So if Arians does decide to leave, the Cardinals search for a new head coach won’t include the current head coach of the Jets.

Could the Cardinals Go After Jets Coach Todd Bowels If Bruce Arians Steps Down?

There are “rumblings in league circles” that the Cardinals would have interest in current Jets head coach Todd Bowles if Bruce Arians opts for retirement according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Bowles was the defensive coordinator in Arizona under Arians for two seasons before landing the Jets job. Costello says Bowles was “extremely popular with ownership” in the desert, and they would be interested in bringing him back. That is unlikely to happen, however, as right now it looks like Jets ownership plans to keep Bowles for 2018. if the Cardinals choose to trade for their next head coach, Bill O’Brien of the Texans would make more sense as a target than Bowles.

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