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The Timeline To Hire A Head Coach, Cardinals Division

Dates have run the gamut over past eight moves

At some point, the Cardinals will hire their next head coach. When? That remains the question, especially since there could still be a chance they would want to talk to an assistant still in the postseason of which we have not heard (so far, 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans is the only candidate still playing.)

But I thought it would be interesting here on Jan. 20 to look back on the dates the last eight Cardinals coaches were hired. The last five have all been hired before the Super Bowl, some well ahead of it. Keep in mind the rules were changed this season so that coaches under contract couldn't have a formal interview before Jan. 17, and that the regular season didn't even end for the Cardinals until Jan. 8, with Kliff Kingsbury let go the following day.

  • Buddy Ryan Feb. 3, 1994
  • Vince Tobin Feb. 7, 1996
  • Dave McGinnis Dec. 18, 2000 (interim and then made permanent in-season)
  • Denny Green Jan. 7, 2004
  • Ken Whisenhunt Jan. 14, 2007
  • Bruce Arians Jan. 17, 2013
  • Steve Wilks Jan. 22, 2018
  • Kliff Kingsbury Jan. 8, 2019

With interviews expected this weekend, it's possible the hiring process stretches into next week and beyond the Jan. 22 Steve Wilks date of hire, putting this one in a realm not seen in more than 25 years.

Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, left, shakes hands with new head coach Bruce Arians during an NFL football news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz.  The Cardinals bring in Arians after he had a storybook year as the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator-turned-temporary coach. He filled in for head coach Chuck Pagano while he was treated for cancer and helped get the Colts to the NFL playoffs.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)