Should the Arizona Cardinals decide to fire head coach Ken Whisenhunt at the conclusion of this season, they’ll have to begin a search to replace the only man in history to lead the team to the Super Bowl.
As it turns out, that search could lead to someone who was right beside Whisenhunt during the entire playoff run.
“Todd Haley, Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator, I continue to hear from multiple sources that the Arizona Cardinals are high on him to replace Ken Whisenhunt,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on the network’s NFL pregame show Sunday. “You have to remember, the Bidwill family there, they wanted to add him to Whisenhunt’s staff a year ago.
“He’s very popular there.”
Haley spent two years in Arizona as the offensive coordinator, and is credited for helping to turn Kurt Warner’s career around and make the team’s offense one of the best in the league.
He left Arizona to coach the Kansas City Chiefs following Super Bowl XLIII, where he lasted less than three seasons. Haley led the team to the postseason in 2010, but had a 19-26 record before being fired 13 games into the 2011 season.
And, as LaCanfora said, there were rumors that the Cardinals were interested in bringing Haley back as offensive coordinator before this season, but Whisenhunt ultimately chose to stick with Mike Miller at the position.