Arizona Cardinals to interview Steelers OC Todd Haley

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The Arizona Cardinals might not be able to close the deal with Andy Reid, so they are preparing for other alternatives.
Ian Rapoport of confirms that the team requested permission to speak to Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley about the Cardinals‘ vacant head coaching position. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic first reported the news.

Haley worked under deposed head coach Ken Whisenhunt when the team made the Super Bowl after the 2009 season. Haley enjoyed a good relationship with ownership, who reportedly pushed for Whisenhunt to add Haley to the coaching staff after last season when Haley lost his head coaching gig with the Kansas City Chiefs. Haley and Whisenhunt met about joining forces again, but it never happened.

Defensive coordinator Ray Horton has interviewed for the position and Reid was scheduled to interview on Thursday. (It’s uncertain if Reid’s dalliance with the Kansas City Chiefs will prevent that from happening.) The Cardinals are also planning to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy over the weekend.

It would be a surprise to see Haley get another bite at the head-coaching apple so soon after his run in Kansas City, but the NFL is all about relationships. There’s a comfort level between the Cardinals and Haley. They wouldn’t set up this interview unless he was a serious candidate.

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