Michael Bidwill said he isn't in any rush to hire a new coach, nor did he want to be. It's not so much about going slow as much as not speeding into the wrong decision. Since I started covering the Cardinals full-time (at the time, the Tribune) back in 2000, this will be the fifth head-coaching hire. Vince Tobin was in place when I got the beat covering the team. He didn't even last until mid-season before he was let go and Dave McGinnis was made interim boss. Here are the dates on which the hires of the four previous head coaches were official:
-- McGinnis, Dec. 19, 2000 (He had the interim tag removed before season's end.)
-- Dennis Green, Jan. 7, 2004
-- Ken Whisenhunt, Jan. 14, 2007
-- Bruce Arians, Jan. 17, 2013
Every search is different, obviously. Of that list, only Arians was coming off a staff that had made the playoffs -- and the Colts had lost Wild Card weekend -- so they were all available fairly quickly. Of the current list of coaches the Cardinals have talked to, most (as of today) are still in the playoffs, and it's possible the desired choice will remain in the postseason beyond this weekend. One interesting date to consider coming up: Senior Bowl week begins Jan. 22. Will there be Cardinals' coaches there, or just scouts?