Cardinals request extra head coach interviews, including competitors for Sean Payton

For a minute there it seemed like Sean Payton can be the final man standing within the Arizona Cardinals head coach search, however the Cincinnati Bengals’ loss within the AFC championship sport on Sunday put a few new names into competition. NFL Community studies that the Cardinals have requested permission to interview Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo (via Peter Schrager) in addition to Cincinnati offensive coordinator Brian Callahan (via Tom Pelissero) for his or her open head coach place.

So each Bengals coordinators could possibly be added to the combo, in the event that they need to pursue this job. Anarumo and Callahan have confirmed instrumental in Cincinnati’s success — serving to the Bengals attain the Tremendous Bowl final yr and return to the convention title sport this time round. It wouldn’t be a shock to see both of them employed away by Arizona.

Which wouldn’t be good for the Saints, who want Payton to be traded this offseason to allow them to obtain some much-needed draft picks. New Orleans is one of five teams that doesn’t own a pick in the first round of this yr’s NFL draft, and buying and selling Payton to a different franchise is their best path to getting again there. Even when they will’t get a primary rounder for him, including a bevy of second- and third-round picks can be a tremendous comfort prize (it’s not like the Saints have drafted well in the first round in recent years, anyway).

So keep tuned to seek out out whether or not Callahan or Anarumo even conform to interview with Arizona, and whether or not they impress strongly sufficient to be provided the job. Payton has said he expects some movement and hirings across the league this week, so hopefully this saga will get resolved quickly a technique or one other.


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