The Arizona Cardinals are the only NFL team left without a head coach, but that might be changing in the next day or two. The race seems to be down to Jay Gruden, Ray Horton, Todd Haley, Darrell Bevell and Arians. It was Arians that interviewed in Arizona on Thursday and afterwords he said he got “a heck of a feeling” about the job.
“I told my agent early, when he was setting up interviews, ‘I’m going to have to have a heck of a feeling about that organization, owner, general manager, team, to leave where I am right now,’” Arians said via the Cardinals official team website.
Arizona was hoping to hire Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, but he ended up accepting the San Diego Chargers job. Arians, who many believe should win Coach of the Year for filling in for Chuck Pagano this season, has been on many teams radars but nothing has made it past the interview stage.
The Chicago Bears considered Arians to be a finalist for the job, but ultimately gave it to Marc Trestman. Philadelphia had interest in Arians as well but hired Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly.
But unlike other coaching searches, the Cardinals have been very upfront about who they are bringing in to interview, which means it’s hard to pinpoint who they’re high on. Jay Gruden’s name has been mentioned a lot in connection with the Cardinals job and Arians being trotted in front of the media doesn’t help clear the smoke.
Arizona is the last team still running the track in terms of their coaching search. Everyone else has finished and made their hires, but just because Arizona is slow and steady, doesn’t mea their eventual hire won’t be a good one.