Monday, May 13, 2013
Cardinals' scouting, coaching staffs grow
By Mike Sando
The Arizona Cardinals grew their coaching staff earlier this offseason. Now, the team's personnel department is growing, too.
Ownership appears to be arming new coach Bruce Arians and new general manager Steve Keim with greater resources overall, including a $4.2 million indoor practice facility now in the works.
The chart shows the 15 personnel evaluators on the Cardinals' staff, with asterisks identifying those new to the team this offseason. That number, which excludes administrative staff, should rank near the top for NFC West teams.
It's tough to know how much money each team allocates for its coaching and scouting staff. Teams sometimes add positions at lower cost. Arians indicated the Cardinals were doing that with a couple coaching positions.
Scouting departments are often in flux this time of year as teams refocus following the draft.
Eastern Regional scout Terry McDonough, Midwestern scout John Mancini and two scouting assistatnts, Glen Fox and Darius Vinnett, are new to the team. Former Denver Broncos fullback Kyle Johnson, who had been with the scouting department since 2010, is not returning.
Mancini spent the last 18 seasons with the St. Louis Rams. He joins McDonough (former San Francisco 49ers intern), Chris Culmer (formerly a Seattle Seahawks scout), Josh Scobey (former Seahawks and Cardinals player) and Vinnett (former Rams player) as Arizona scouts with experience elsewhere in the division.
McDonough comes to the Cardinals after 10 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, most recently as player personnel director. One of his brothers, Ryan, is the Phoenix Suns' GM. Another, Sean, is an ESPN sportscaster.