Report: Cardinals interviewing Ejiro Evero for head-coaching job Friday

Jan 20, 2023, 6:24 AM | Updated: 9:04 am

Defensive Coordinator Ejiro Evero of the Denver Broncos calls in a play against the Kansas City Chi...

Defensive Coordinator Ejiro Evero of the Denver Broncos calls in a play against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Empower Field at Mile High on December 11, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Cardinals are reportedly interviewing Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero on Friday for Arizona’s head-coaching vacancy, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The report comes after the Cardinals reportedly interviewed former Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich on Tuesday and in-house candidate and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph on Wednesday. Arizona has a Saturday interview scheduled with Detroit Lions DC Aaron Glenn. The team is also expected to interview San Francisco 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans sometime this week.

Additionally, the Cardinals have requested permission to interview Pittsburgh Steelers defensive assistant Brian Flores and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Evero, 42, has never been a head coach at any level, but has been coaching since 2005 and has 15 years of experience in the NFL. He has been linked to all five of the current openings for head-coaching jobs in the league.

This past season was his first as a defensive coordinator, leading the Broncos to the eighth-ranked defense in total yards allowed at 320 per game.

Prior to joining Denver, Evero spent four years as Los Angeles Rams safeties coach (2017-20) before winning Super Bowl LVI as the team’s secondary coach and passing game coordinator in 2021.

Other stops in his NFL coaching tenure include the Green Bay Packers as a defensive quality control coach in 2016 after serving as a 49ers defensive assistant in 2014-15, offensive assistant in 2012-13 and quality control coach in 2011.

Evero also had a stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a defensive quality control coach from 2007-09. He got his coaching start as an assistant coach at UC Davis from 2005-06.

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