- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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NFC playoff matchups consumed much of my weekly Friday conversation with Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki on XTRA Sports 910 AM.
We also took a closer look at the Arizona Cardinals' search for a head coach.
My feeling was that Arizona would be best off hiring an offensive-minded head coach. Promoting Ray Horton from defensive coordinator to head coach carries some appeal, but my thinking was that such a move might make it tougher to fix what was broken in Arizona this season: the offense. An offensive-minded head coach would presumably have a better shot at fixing the offense and hiring offensive assistants.
Promoting Horton would also force the team to hire a defensive coordinator, perhaps weakening the team on that side of the ball.
One thought occurred to me after finishing this conversation: What if Horton, as head coach, could hire Norv Turner to oversee the offense? Darren Urban of azcardinals.com looked at the potential connection a couple days ago. Turner has ties to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who could come available this offseason.