NFC West: Quentin Harris
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.
Player personnel director Jason Licht and newly hired director of football administration Mike Disner both have Patriots ties.
The Cardinals announced Disner's hiring Wednesday. They also announced a previously known addition: Debbie Pollom, the St. Louis Rams' director of scouting administration, was hired as executive assistant.
Licht was a Patriots scout beginning in 1999, one year before Bill Belichick's arrival as head coach. He remained with the team and was promoted under Belichick before leaving to join the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003. Licht left the Eagles for the Cardinals in 2008, then rejoined Belichick and the Patriots for three seasons before landing in Arizona a year ago.
Disner had spent two seasons with the Patriots as an intern before graduating from Williams College with an economics degree in 2007. The Patriots hired him as a scouting assistant in 2007. Disner has spent the past four years working on the NFL Management Council, most recently as labor operations manager.
Disner's hiring isn't earth-shattering news in the NFC West. But as the Cardinals continue to remake themselves in the post-Rod Graves era, it's useful to note commonalities among some of the people hired to the front office. The team promoted Steve Keim to replace Graves as general manager this offseason. Licht also received a promotion.
- Seattle: Longtime Seahawks personnel evaluator Will Lewis is no longer with the team, Adam Schefter reports. Lewis had been vice president of football operations following a long stint as pro personnel director. He stayed with the team when John Schneider arrived as general manager, and the fit seemed good because the two had worked together in Green Bay. The team's flow chart became a bit top-heavy, in retrospect, when former San Francisco 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan joined the team as senior personnel executive in June 2010.
- San Francisco: Trent Baalke's three-year contract extension through 2016 seemed like a matter of when, not if, following the teams' 13-3 record. Just about every move the 49ers made contributed to their deep playoff run. Baalke's top lieutenant, Tom Gamble, has interviewed for the GM job in St. Louis. The 49ers do not want to lose him, but with Baalke signed for the long term, the front-office dynamic should remain similar either way.
- Arizona: Steve Keim, the Cardinals' director of player personnel, has also interviewed for the Rams' GM job. He has been with Arizona since 1999, an unusually long run with one organization. Rod Graves is the general manager, but Keim carries a significant part of the personnel load. The team lists director of pro personnel T.J. McCreight, director of football administration Reggie Terry and assistant pro personnel director Quentin Harris next on its football operations list. They joined the Cardinals in 2009 (McCreight), 2007 (Terry) and 2008 (Harris).
- St. Louis: The latest report from St. Louis suggests the 49ers and Cardinals need not worry about losing top execs to a division rival this offseason. Minnesota's George Paton and Atlanta's Les Snead have emerged as finalists for the GM job, with Paton as the most likely choice, Jim Thomas reports. Check out Paton's profile here.
Enjoy your Saturday.
Shaun Alexander carried 23 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns during a 33-19 Seattle victory at Sun Devil Stadium. The Seahawks, headed to Super Bowl XL after that season, picked off Kurt Warner three times and sacked him four times.
A couple things about these teams have changed since that game. I had some fun sifting through those 2005 rosters.
Players no longer with Seattle
Offense (20): Bobby Engram, Steve Hutchinson, Robbie Tobeck, Chris Gray, Joe Jurevicius, Jerheme Urban, Mack Strong, Shaun Alexander, D.J. Hackett, Maurice Morris, Leonard Weaver, Floyd Womack, Ryan Hannam, Jerramy Stevens, Peter Warrick, David Greene, Wayne Hunter, Darrell Jackson, Itula Mili, Josh Scobey.
Defense (18): Bryce Fisher, Chuck Darby, Marcus Tubbs, Grant Wistrom, Jamie Sharper, Kelly Herndon, Michael Boulware, Marquand Manual, Jimmy Williams, John Howell, Niko Koutouvides, Kevin Bentley, Isaiah Kacyvenski, Joe Tafoya, Rocky Bernard, Etric Pruitt, Rodney Bailey, Andre Dyson.
Specialists (3): Josh Brown, Tom Rouen, J.P. Darche.Players still with Seattle
Offense (6): Walter Jones (injured reserve), Sean Locklear, Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace, Chris Spencer, Ray Willis.
Defense (6): Jordan Babineaux, Craig Terrill, D.D. Lewis, Lofa Tatupu (IR), Leroy Hill, Marcus Trufant.
Players no longer with Arizona
Offense (23): Bryant Johnson, Leonard Davis, Nick Leckey, Alex Stepanovich, Oliver Ross, Eric Edwards, Marcel Shipp, Adam Bergen, J.J. Arrington, Josh McCown, John Navarre, Reggie Newhouse, LeRon McCoy, Fred Wakefield, James Jackson, Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Harold Morrow, Jarrod Baxter, Adam Haayer, J.J. Moses, Elton Brown, Teyo Johnson, Reggie Swinton.
Defense (16): Langston Moore, Ross Kolodziej, James Darling, Robert Tate, Robert Griffith, David Macklin, Antonio Cochran, Darryl Blackstock, Orlando Huff, Eric Green, Antonio Smith, Lamont Reid, Quentin Harris, Isaac Keys, Lance Mitchell, Aaron Francisco.
Specialists (2): Scott Player, Nathan Hodel.Players still with Arizona
Offense (5): Reggie Wells, Larry Fitzgerald, Kurt Warner, Jeremy Bridges, Anquan Boldin.
Defense (6): Chike Okeafor, Darnell Dockett, Bernard Berry, Karlos Dansby, Adrian Wilson, Antrel Rolle.
Specialists (1): Neil Rackers.Note: Thanks to spaumi10 for noticing that Aaron Francisco and Lance Mitchell were initially listed on offense. There was a little cutting and pasting involved with this entry. Missed those two. Thanks!