The Arizona Cardinals officially have begun their coaching search with a formal interview of defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
The interview, conducted Tuesday by team president Michael Bidwill, was the first in the team’s search for a replacement for Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday after six seasons on the job.
The team has reached out to Andy Reid but had not scheduled an interview. Reid was fired Monday after 14 seasons as head coach in Philadelphia.
Bidwill plans to fly to Denver over the weekend to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Horton, Reid and McCoy are the only candidates thus far identified by the Cardinals.
Horton is a rising star in NFL coaching circles, despite Arizona’s lack of success.
The Cardinals’ defense was among the league leaders in several categories, with the 5-11 overall record due mostly to the worst offense in the NFL.
Horton reportedly had other interviews scheduled. Buffalo CEO Russ Brandon confirmed Tuesday that he, general manager Buddy Nix and other front office personnel were flying to Arizona with Horton and Whisenhunt presumed to be among those targeted for the Bills’ coaching vacancy. Horton also is reported to be a candidate for the Cleveland Browns.
Reid is an intriguing prospect for the Cardinals. He could be reunited with quarterback Kevin Kolb, who had some big games with the Eagles before being traded to Arizona just before the start of the 2011 season.
Kolb remains under contract with Arizona but the team is expected to want to restructure his contract. He is set to make $9 million plus a $2 million roster bonus for the coming season.
“I’m not ready to give up on Kevin Kolb yet,” Bidwill said Monday.