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Cardinals hired Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator.
The hiring is largely a formality, as the Cardinals were widely expected to bring in Bowles following the release of Ray Horton. Bowles has experience with multiple defensive schemes from his time in Miami (2008-11) and Philadelphia (2012), but this is his first non-interim coordinator job. After last year's mess in Philly, Bowles is coming into a much better situation in Arizona. Sat, Jan 19, 2013 09:55:00 PM

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The Arizona Republic reports there do not appear to be any "roadblocks" to former Eagles DC Todd Bowles taking the same job with the Cardinals.

Bowles has been new coach Bruce Arians' target since the jump, and appears likely to land his first full-time coordinating gig after 13 years as an NFL assistant. Bowles, of course, took over as the Eagles' coordinator after Juan Castillo was fired in October, and was tasked with installing a new system mid-season. He'd be coming into a much better situation in Arizona.
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 09:36:00 AM

The Cardinals will meet with former Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles this weekend regarding the same position in Arizona.

The Cardinals released incumbent DC Ray Horton from his contract on Friday, and will now pursue Bowles aggressively. "Every reason to believe he lands there," CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora tweeted. Horton left behind an attractive job. The Cardinals have scheme-diverse talent on defense and lots of youth.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 10:28:00 PM

The Cardinals have formally released defensive coordinator Ray Horton from his contract.

He's expected to land with the Browns. Horton's release comes after a "boiling hot" and "contentious" reported meeting with first-year GM Steve Keim following Keim's decision to tab Bruce Arians as head coach instead of Horton.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 02:07:00 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Mike Silver reports Todd Bowles will replace Ray Horton as the Cardinals' defensive coordinator.

This was rumored to be in the works ever since Bruce Arians came up as a head-coaching candidate. Bowles has experience with both the 3-4 and 4-3 from his days with Miami (2008-11) and Philadelphia (2012), but this is his first hiring as a DC. He took over for fired Juan Castillo on an interim basis last season with the Eagles. Arizona was one of the more blitz-happy defenses under Horton in 2012 and is certainly better-suited for the 3-4 front. Horton and new Cardinals GM Steve Keim had a "heated exchange" after he was bypassed for Arians as head coach. Horton won't struggle to find work.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 10:07:00 PM

Cardinals DC Ray Horton has reportedly reached out to ex-Chargers coach Norv Turner to gauge his interest in running Horton's offense in the event of a head-coaching opportunity.

It's believed that Turner wants to stay out west. Horton finished his playing career with the Cowboys in the early '90s when Turner was running a juggernaut offense for the Super Bowl champs. He also coached under Turner with the Redskins in the mid-90s. Bringing in Turner would give Horton a distinct advantage in ascending to the head-coaching job in Arizona.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 06:39:00 PM

The Cardinals have begun contract talks to elevate VP of player personnel Steve Keim to the vacant general manager position.

As long as talks don't hit a snag, the Cardinals have their man. Keim has a strong record in the personnel department. It's been reported that he wanted to draft Adrian Peterson over LT Levi Brown in 2007 and preferred Jay Cutler to Matt Leinart the year before. Taking Keim off the market would make Falcons exec David Caldwell the clear favorite in Jacksonville.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 01:08:00 PM

The Buffalo News reports the Cardinals will interview Redskins pro personnel executive Morocco Brown for their GM vacancy.

Brown joined the Redskins' front office in 2008. Per the team's website, his charges include coordinating the advance scouting for all future opponents, draft preparation and evaluating all potential free agents. Brown spent seven years with the Bears before landing in Washington.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 03:45:00 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk the Cardinals will conduct a second head-coaching interview with DC Ray Horton on Wednesday.

Horton's initial interview apparently took place on Monday. Horton also interviewed with the Browns on Tuesday, and will meet with the Bills on Wednesday. Although Andy Reid appears to be the favorite in Arizona, a second interview is a sign Horton is a serious candidate.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:50:00 PM

The Arizona Republic reports ex-Browns GM Tom Heckert is not under consideration for the Cardinals' GM position.

This essentially confirms a report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Heckert is "very unlikely" to follow Andy Reid to Arizona despite multiple unsubstantiated reports to the contrary. Heckert reportedly has other interviews lined up, including one with the Jets. Although Heckert drafted well in Cleveland, he and Mike Holmgren whiffed on the opportunity to land franchise difference-makers such as Julio Jones and Robert Griffin III.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 06:23:00 PM

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill says DC Ray Horton is a head-coaching candidate and an interview will be "coming soon."

Bidwill also said that personnel man Steve Keim is a candidate for the general manager vacancy in Arizona. Keim is held in high regard across the league and seems to be mentioned anywhere there's an open GM spot. Horton is also highly sought after and has already been rumored to be on the Browns' head-coaching radar. If he's going to get a head gig, then it looks like it's going to be this year. Bidwill added that he will look at both college and professional coaches and doesn't have a preference in hiring the GM or head coach first.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 05:53:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Cardinals DC Ray Horton is on the Browns' "radar" for their head-coaching vacancy.

Horton is expected to draw heavy interest league-wide, and may be the favorite to replace his former boss Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona. There were rumors earlier this month that the Cardinals had already had "internal discussions" about replacing Whiz with his top defensive assistant. The Arizona Republic reports Horton is also expected to be a candidate in Buffalo. There's a strong chance Horton has a new job this time next week.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 02:06:00 PM

Mike Jurecki of XTRA Phoenix reported this past Monday that the Cardinals have had "internal discussions" about replacing Ken Whisenhunt with defensive coordinator Ray Horton as head coach.

It would be one way for GM Rod Graves to try to save his neck. Whisenhunt is an offensive mind, and it has been the Cardinals' offense torpedoing the team's season in 2012. Horton, a terrific defensive coach from the Dick LeBeau tree, could buy Graves one more year of swinging and missing at offensive linemen and quarterbacks. Coming off Sunday's embarrassing, 58-0 loss to the Seahawks, this Monday might make sense as the day to target for Graves to make the switch.
Sun, Dec 9, 2012 07:49:00 PM

Cardinals named Ray Horton as defensive coordinator.

Multiple outlets in Arizona reported this Tuesday, but it just became official. Horton, 50, becomes the Cards' third defensive boss since 2008. The 17-year assistant also spent 10 years as a cornerback for the Bengals and Cowboys from the early 1980s through early 1990s. Horton won't make a scheme change in Arizona, but he'll need help at outside linebacker and must get more out of underachieving CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Wed, Feb 9, 2011 05:18:00 PM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers confirms Steelers DBs coach Ray Horton will sign on as the Cardinals' next defensive coordinator Wednesday.

It turns out Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 in Phoenix was right all along. Since coach Ken Whisenhunt knows Horton from their time together in Pittsburgh, the Wednesday interview will be formality. Horton is expected to bring Dick LeBeau's system to Arizona, so the defense will remain a 3-4 alignment. Aging pass rusher Joey Porter obviously knows the scheme well, and O'Brien Schofield could emerge on the opposite side.
Tue, Feb 8, 2011 04:39:00 PM

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