The players are gone. The coaching staff is undergoing change. And the Cardinals – specifically president Michael Bidwill and General Manager Steve Keim – are now working to find a replacement at head coach.
“I have that sense of urgency,” Bidwill said. “This is when I get to do my job, and I’m going to make sure I get it right this time around.”
The work was underway Wednesday, when the Cardinals reportedly held the first of their interviews with coaching candidates by meeting with former Dolphins coach Adam Gase. Reports also have the Cardinals set to interview Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor on Saturday, and are trying to line up interviews with Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell and former Texas Tech head coach and current USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.
Of that group, Gase and Campbell – who was the interim head coach of the Dolphins before Gase was hired in Miami – are the candidates with NFL head coaching experience. Gase is reportedly going to interview with the Jets next, who are also the other team interested in Kingsbury.
Rams coach Sean McVay was asked about Kingsbury’s potential in the NFL during his press conference Wednesday.
"I think he’s capable of it,” McVay said. “I think he’s been a very good head coach. I think he’s demonstrated the ability to do a lot of different things at a high level, and he’s got a great offensive mind."
The Cardinals had also reportedly reached out to the Chiefs to talk to offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, but Bieniemy – on a bye weekend before the playoffs – chose to take interviews with four other teams instead.
The Cardinals are one of eight teams seeking a new head coach.
Last year, the hiring cycle began last year on Jan. 6, when the Raiders hired Jon Gruden, and concluded Feb. 12, when the Colts hired Frank Reich after Josh McDaniels backed out of the job. Steve Wilks was hired Jan. 22 by the Cardinals.