Top 10 Cardinals Head Coach Candidates In 2019

Top 10 Cardinals Head Coach Candidates In 2019

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The Arizona Cardinals, once again, need a new head coach. They’ve fired head coach Steve Wilks after just one year, going just 3-13. With interviews now underway, it’s time for an updated look at some potential replacements. So with Steve Wilks is fired, who are the top candidates to be the next Cardinals head coach?

Teams often go in the opposite direction from their last head coach. Wilks was a first-time head coach with a defensive mind, so this Top 10 list focuses mostly on coaches who have head coach experience and/or have an offensive background. There are some exceptions to both.

Here is the ranking of the top 10 coaches the Arizona Cardinals could hire to replace Steve Wilks:

#10 John DeFilippo
#9 Brian Flores
#8 Pete Carmichael
#7 Todd Monken
#6 Matt LaFleur
#5 Jim Caldwell
#4 Kliff Kingsbury
#3 Dan Campbell
#2 Zac Taylor
#1 Adam Gase


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    I don't get all of the heat on Steve Keim, context matters. Steve Wilks failed in Arizona because of the massive shift in philosophy on the defensive side with the same personnel. Switching from a 3-4, man coverage exotic blitz scheme to a 4-3, zone coverage gap integrity scheme is about as opposite as you can go. This league is hard. Given 3 or 4 years with that many drafts and free agent periods Steve Wilks may have been successful at switching to this scheme. Josh Rosen changed the direction that the organization felt it needed to go. No one expected Josh Rosen to be sitting at #10 in the draft, the Cardinals certainly didn't seem to expect that but you don't pass on that talent when you give up basically nothing to move up from #15 to #10. If a veteran QB and Mike McCoy had worked out for Arizona to keep Josh Rosen on the bench to develop, it may have worked out differently for Steve Wilks. Josh Rosen is obviously the future that you need to build around. You said his season wasn't very good but again lets look into the why. They were signing guys off the street towards the end of the year to play offensive line because they had so many injuries. No one plays well with simple schemes in this league and getting the amount of pressure he got on drop backs. Am I saying Josh Rosen is a world beater? No, he is a Jared Goff 2.0 or a "healthy for a whole season" Ryan Tannehill. He is very accurate in a mostly clean pocket, good footwork, smart and will be able to move an offense and put points on the board while minimizing turnovers. Give him weapons and FEED DAVID JOHNSON THE BALL and he will be fine. So, that brings us full circle to the end of the season, is Steve Wilks the guy that is going to get Josh Rosen to the next level? No, so you have to move on and that is probably the best for both the Cardinals and Steve Wilks. He seems like a really great guy and we wish him the best. The Cardinals organization said it best when Michael Bidwill talked about Steve Wilks' plan going forward and how it didn't match anymore. So you focus on someone who is going to develop Rosen and the offense, Gase because of his experience and success with someone of a similar skill set. Jim Caldwell is well respected so those two seem to make sense. I think they will still peruse Mike McCarthy to some extent. And then you bring in someone familiar with the organization and the personnel as a Defensive Coordinator like , oh I don't know, Todd Bowles who was the former DC under Bruce Arians and happens to be looking for a job right now. Steve Keim gets another chance because of all the success he has had with bringing in/drafting players (Dwight Freeney, Carson Palmer, David Johnson, Chandler Jones, Tyrann Mathieu, Tony Jefferson, Christian Kirk, etc.) and coaches in the past (Bruce Arians, Todd Bowles, James Bettcher). No surprise to me about these moves from the Cardinals when you actually take a closer look.

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