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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Cardinals make strategic coaching moves

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Cardinals affirmed Todd Haley's value as offensive coordinator when they essentially replaced him with three people, including the head coach.

With Haley leaving to become the Chiefs' head coach, Cardinals assistant head coach/offensive line Russ Grimm adds the title of running game coordinator. Mike Miller becomes passing game coordinator after coaching receivers in 2008. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt will presumably take back play-calling duties. I'll ask him for additional details when I see him at the scouting combine.

These moves make sense if Whisenhunt takes a more hands-on approach with the offense. Grimm is highly valuable coaching the offensive line. He was qualified to become the stand-alone coordinator, but making that move would have diminished his impact on the line. The Cardinals would have a hard time finding another line coach with Grimm's credentials.

The Cardinals have also added John McNulty as receivers coach and Chris Miller as quarterbacks coach. McNulty has been at Rutgers for the last five seasons, most recently as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has coached for the Jaguars and Cowboys as well. Miller has coached at the high school level after his 10-year playing career for the Falcons, Rams and Broncos.

Arizona's other coaching moves were widely expected. Bill Davis goes from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator. Matt Raich goes from defensive assistant to linebackers coach.