Search for defensive coordinator goes on in Arizona

While the ongoing defensive coordinator search by the Philadelphia Eagles has garnered more attention, the Arizona Cardinals remain in the hunt for someone to fill the same position on their staff.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed unidentified potential candidates at the Senior Bowl and told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic that he is waiting to speak to coaches on both Super Bowl staffs before making a hire.

The only known candidate at this point is Miami Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles, who also has the title of assistant head coach. Bowles was a candidate for the head coaching job in Dallas.

Dick LeBeau’s name popped up as a possibility in the desert earlier in the week but that was quickly shot down. Having a background in Pittsburgh, Whisenhunt knows the Steelers staff well and linebacker coach Keith Butler and secondary coach Ray Horton are possibilities. The Packers also run the 3-4 defense and basically all of their position coaches on defense have been mentioned as candidates, including line coach Mike Trgovac, linebacker coach Winston Moss and defensive backs coach Darren Perry.

So, it looks like it will be more than a week and perhaps 10 days or more before the Cardinals have their man. Arizona fired Bill Davis on Jan. 6.

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