Friday, January 18, 2013
Around the NFC West: Coaching carousel
By Mike Sando
Thursday was kind to the NFC West.
The Arizona Cardinals found their next head coach in Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
The Seattle Seahawks moved quickly to hire Dan Quinn, their first and only choice as defensive coordinator once the team lost Gus Bradley to Jacksonville. They also were able to keep offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell once the Cardinals' coaching search went away from him.
Bradley's hiring in Jacksonville meant the St. Louis Rams could keep offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who had interviewed for the job. It also meant the San Francisco 49ers wouldn't have to worry about losing offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who would have been a logical candidate to lead the Jaguars.
Two lingering questions persist:
- What will happen with Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who remains under contract with the team but isn't happy about being passed over for the head coaching job? Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports 910 AM in Phoenix says Horton felt misled by the Cardinals during the search process. He says Horton and general manager Steve Keim were involved in a heated exchange. Arians and Horton worked together in Pittsburgh. Horton is under contract. Will Arians want to retain an unhappy assistant? Mike Silver reports that Horton will be out and the Cardinals will hire Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for the job. Stay tuned on this one.
- Where will the St. Louis Rams' search for a defensive coordinator lead head coach Jeff Fisher? Rob Ryan's name lingers as a possibility, but would the fit be right? Might Fisher promote one of the team's current assistants to the job? Information on this one remains scarce. Assistant coaches Dave McGinnis and Chuck Cecil have been coordinators previously. So has Fisher. That means there's less urgency to hire an experienced coordinator from the outside.