The Arizona Cardinals will interview Jay Gruden for their head coach vacancy on Thursday. Gruden was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011 and led a young offense to two consecutive playoff berths. In January of 2012, he signed a three year extension with the franchise.
Gruden is the younger brother of Jon Gruden, also a candidate for coaching positions around the league. I would welcome a coach like Jay to the organization. He brings a load of experience as a player and a coach. Not in the NFL, but other significant outlets including the UFL (United Football League) and AFL (Arena Football League).
The Cardinals need an offensive minded guy as the head coach. If DC Ray Horton does not want to stick around, there are plenty of other coaches that will be available. Rob Ryan was just fired by the Dallas Cowboys and Monte Kiffin has expressed interested in coming back to the NFL. Really, any defensive minded person would love to coach this young group of players. They finished in the top five in passing defense.
I actually would rather have the older Gruden. He would be able to bring in more talent, but he would come at a very steep price. Jay is going to be much cheaper, however, he might be able to bring some innovation to an offensive group that was quite boring. The Cardinals gave up the most sacks, finished dead last in yards, and second to last in points. The probably would have finished last if their defense did not put them in position to score on more than a few occasions.
The Cardinals will continue interviewing head coaches until Team President Michael Bidwill knows he has seen the best the league can offer. That includes college coaches.
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