Citing two sources informed of the team's plans, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Cardinals are expected to make a major push to hire Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as their head coach. With Denver's season over following a wild 38-35 divisional playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, McCoy finally is available to speak with the Cardinals about the job.
McCoy has generated interest from multiple NFL teams, including the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported that the San Diego Chargerswill interview McCoy on Monday. So if the Cardinals don't wind up hiring McCoy, Rapoport was told the team has a backup plan in retained defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Teams have requested to speak with Horton, but the Cardinals have declined those requests of late, and would either keep him in the coordinator role under McCoy or make him their head coach if that doesn't pan out.
Horton -- who ran a solid defense under fired coach Ken Whisenhunt -- has gone on the record saying he loves Arizona and would like to remain with the team. That scenario appears likely.