Arizona Cardinals coaching search timeline

Jan 16, 2013, 11:13 PM | Updated: Jan 17, 2013, 5:50 pm

The Arizona Cardinals have wasted little time looking for a new head coach after firing Ken Whisenhunt Monday.

First, President Michael Bidwill said the team would interview defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid.

While the team has already conducted interviews with Horton and plans to do so with McCoy in Denver this weekend, Reid will now reportedly be taking his talents to Kansas City in a drastic turn of events.

The Cardinals have since searched far and wide for a coach, and as of now they’re still looking.

Here’s a timeline of what has gone on so far.

Coaching search is now on day:


Wednesday, January 16

Report: Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians had dinner Wednesday night (

The next candidate for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job met with team officials on Wednesday night.

Darrell Bevell chats with Arizona Cardinals, says he’s ready to be a head coach (

The latest head coaching candidate to walk through the Arizona Cardinals’ Tempe training facility is somewhat familiar with the area.

Bruce Arians in, Ray Horton out? ( has learned through sources that Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will not retain Ray Horton as defensive coordinator if he indeed lands the vacant Arizona Cardinals head coaching job.

Report: Cardinals request permission to speak with Bruce Arians (

According to insider Ian Rapoport reported the team has requested permission to speak with Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Tuesday, January 15

Report: Cardinals set to interview Seahawks coordinator Darrell Bevell (

The Arizona Cardinals, appearing to have missed out on top choices Andy Reid and Mike McCoy, have apparently added another name to their list of head coaching candidates.

Report: Broncos OC McCoy to become Chargers head coach (

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports Tuesday the San Diego Chargers, who spoke with McCoy for the first time the previous day, are about to finalize a deal with the coach.

Monday, January 14

Report: Cardinals want Mike McCoy in for second interview (

With the Denver Broncos eliminated from the playoffs, the battle to hire offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is likely to pick up some steam.

Thursday, January 10

Jay Gruden interviews for Arizona Cardinals head coaching position (

The Arizona Cardinals’ search for a head coach is ongoing, and Thursday the team interviewed Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for the vacant position.

ESPN NFL insider: Mike McCoy the ‘leader in the clubhouse’ for Cardinals job (

ESPN NFL insider John Clayton does not know who the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals will be, but he believes Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has a good shot.

Wednesday, January 9

Conflicting reports on Todd Haley’s future (

Okay, what’s going on? There are reports saying Todd Haley is in Arizona to chat with the Cardinals as well as saying he is not interested in the job.

Report: Todd Haley happy with Steelers, no interview coming with Cardinals (

According to a report by’s Ian Rapoport, Todd Haley is not all too interested in being the Cardinals’ head coach.

Tuesday, January 8

Gruden confirms interest but likes his foundation with Dalton, Bengals (

Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden confirmed Tuesday the Cardinals and Eagles have received permission to interview him for their head coaching jobs and indications are he’ll visit Arizona later in the week.

Monday, January 7

Cardinals set to interview Jay Gruden

Gruden just completed his second season in Cincinnati — both of which ended in playoff appearances for the Bengals. Cincinnati’s offense ranked 22nd in the league in total yards in 2012 and 12th in scoring. In 2011, the Bengals offense ranked 20th in yardage and 18th in scoring.

Sunday, January 6

Report: Cardinals interested in interviewing Jay Gruden

Add one more to the list of coaching candidates the Arizona Cardinals are interested in to fill their open vacancy: Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

Friday, January 4

Arizona Cardinals met with GM prospect Morocco Brown

Cardinals VP of Media Relations Mark Dalton tweeted team brass met with GM prospect Morocco Brown in Washington, D.C. on Friday and are scheduled to interview Broncos OC Mike McCoy on Saturday.

ESPN insider: Mike McCoy is ready to be a head coach

McCoy, ESPN NFL insider John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf, is ready to be a head coach.

Report: Haley has yet to agree to interview with Cardinals (

Despite receiving permission to interview Todd Haley, the Cardinals have not talked with him yet, according to an ESPN report.

Thursday, January 3

ESPN insider: Cardinals just ‘got beat’ by Chiefs (

For a brief moment in time it appeared Andy Reid was going to be the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
Then Reid interviewed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and that idea flew out the window.

Andy Reid close to Chiefs deal (

The Kansas City Chiefs are on the verge of a deal to make Andy Reid their next head coach, according to league sources.

Arizona Cardinals allowed to interview Todd Haley (’s Ian Rapoport confirmed Thursday through a Pittsburgh Steelers source that the Cardinals requested permission to speak to Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley about their head-coaching vacancy

Source: Reid cancels interview with Cardinals (

Andy Reid appears unlikely to be come the Cardinals’ next coach, with a source telling The Associated Press on Thursday that Reid is in negotiations with the Chiefs to become head coach and has canceled plans to interview for other openings, including the one in Arizona.

Cardinals ask Steelers for permission to interview Todd Haley (

The Arizona Cardinals have put a familiar face on their list of coaching candidates.

Multiple reports say the Cardinals have asked the Pittsburgh Steelers’ permission to interview offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Wednesday, January 2

Ray Horton: Interviews with Cardinals, Browns and Bills have gone well (

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton is in the midst of the interview process to become a head coach somewhere.

Andy Reid, Chiefs still talking; Chargers interview this weekend (

Andy Reid is in his second day meeting with Chiefs officials and that process has been going well, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Reid was originally scheduled to arrive in Arizona to interview with the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Are Cardinals getting used by Andy Reid? Maybe (

Most of Tuesday afternoon was spent reading reports about Andy Reid’s likelihood of landing in the desert.

Sources: Cards target Andy Reid (

One league source said he was “95 percent” certain Reid will wind up coaching the Cardinals, and multiple sources stated that he could agree to accept the job by the end of the week.

Ray Horton Confident After Interview (

Ray Horton laid out his plans to Michael Bidwill during a give-and-take talk, Horton said, covering everything from players and coaches to potential remodeling of the Cardinals’ Tempe facility and the type of grass used on the practice fields.

Report: Andy Reid interview with Kansas City went well (

Former Eagles head coach Andy Reid has garnered quite a bit of interest around the league just a few days after being fired by Philadelphia.

Tuesday, January 1

Cardinals Notebook: Reports of Andy Reid hire may be premature (

With the coaching search reportedly centered around three candidates — former Philadelphia coach Andy Reid, Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy — the Cardinals media relations staff refuted reports that Reid had already been tabbed.

Report: Arizona Cardinals ‘very close’ to hiring Andy Reid (

Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid may be close to landing another head coaching position.

Bill O’Brien of major interest in NFL (

The Cardinals were one of a handful of teams to inquire about Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien’s interest in returning to the NFL as a head coach.

Cardinals’ coaching search: Andy Reid becoming the front-runner (Sporting News)

Recently fired Eagles coach Andy Reid is expected to end up getting the same position with the Cardinals by week’s end, CBS Sports reported.

NFL Insider: Andy Reid ‘expected’ to land in Arizona (

There has been much speculation about who will take over the head coaching reins of the Arizona Cardinals. One name that has been linked frequently to the Cardinals is former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid.

Monday, December 31

Cardinals ask permission to interview Denver’s Mike McCoy (

The Cardinals, along with the Chicago Bears, have asked for permission to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for the vacant position.

NFL Insider: ‘Debatable’ Ray Horton will get head coaching position (

While Ray Horton has proven himself at each of his five NFL stops (Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals), one ESPN insider isn’t so sure he’s ready for the promotion.

Arizona Cardinals will interview Andy Reid (

Just hours after the Arizona Cardinals announced that they had fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves, names started surfacing for the job openings, including former head coach Andy Reid.

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