Four new offensive coordinators in division?

February, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

While Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt recently accepted a call from the president, offensive coordinator Todd Haley has reportedly taken one from the Chiefs.

The fact that the Chiefs waited this long to interview Haley suggests the team could be serious about hiring him as head coach. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has a history with Haley, so the two are familiar with one another. That also would seem to help Haley's chances.

If Haley leaves the Cardinals, the NFC West will have four new offensive coordinators and two new defensive coordinators for 2009. The Cardinals are in better position than their NFC West rivals to lose an offensive coordinator because their head coach has a background on offense.

Still, Haley has played a significant role in the Cardinals' success. From his rapport with Kurt Warner to the way he has pushed Larry Fitzgerald and others to improve, Haley has made his contributions felt. He has been calling plays since late in the 2007 season, and the Cardinals have consistently made excellent in-game adjustments on offense (one reason they led the NFL in third-quarter scoring during the regular season).

Whisenhunt could reassume play-calling duties if Haley were to leave. The offensive staff would remain strong with Russ Grimm as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach.

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