A New Year, a New Coaching Search

All of us have many traditions that we are fond of around the holidays; baking cookies, caroling or even looking at Christmas lights. But the Arizona Cardinals are developing a new tradition, finding a head coach.

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All of us have many traditions that we are fond of around the holidays; baking cookies, caroling or even looking at Christmas lights. But the Arizona Cardinals are developing a new tradition, finding a head coach.

Cardinals Fire Steve Wilks

The Cardinals have fired their rookie head coach Steve Wilks after one season with the team, making him the 8th coach to lose his job this year.

While there were many fans that were ready to move on from Steve Wilks; there was also a surprisingly large amount of fans that felt like Steve Wilks should have been given one more year, including cornerstone players like Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson.

You could make the case that Wilks was dealt a bad hand this year. Having to deal with a constant revolving door on the offensive line, losing what was supposed to be your bridge quarterback after four games, and even getting rid of your offensive coordinator. Personally, I would have liked to see Wilks get another year with the team and with a revamped offensive line/playbook. But in the NFL, the coach has to take the heat for the play on the field which was below subpar for the majority of the season for our Arizona Cardinals.

What’s Next?

Michael Bidwill has already taken an important stance in this process by deciding to keep Steve Keim as the General Manager of the franchise. By doing so, the Cardinals will continue to build the roster in the same style that has been done previously under Keim’s tenure. Fans can hope that this will finally be the year that Keim and his staff will be able to put together a solid offensive line that can hold up for an entire season. But before they do that (through the draft or free agency), they will need to find a new coach.

So far, the Cardinals are starting the new year with “both guns drawn”, getting in as many interviews as possible.

It has been a common practice for the Arizona Cardinals organization to “cast a wide net” in their head coaching search. They followed the same protocol when hiring Steve Wilks and fan favorite Bruce Arians in the past.

This time around, getting a head coach will be delicate. Last year the Cardinals needed a quarterback AND a head coach. This year, they need to find a coach that will take Josh Rosen to the next level as a professional. Not every coach will be able to mesh with Rosen (with his playing style or personality). But the young quarterback has to be desparate for some stability in play calling. This will be the 5th consecutive year that Rosen will have a new offensive coordinator. Hopefully for Rosen, the 5th time is a charm.

Keep the faith Cardinals fans, so far the team is undefeated in 2019

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