Several reports that Andy Reid is close to becoming the next head coach of the Cardinals could be highly premature.
Reid hasnt even yet interviewed with the Cardinals, according to Mark Dalton, the teams VP of media relations.
Dalton told CSNPhilly.com that the Cardinals have reached out to Reid, who was fired Monday after 14 years Eagles head coach, but that no meeting has taken place yet. The Cardinals interviewed their own defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, on Tuesday and have a meeting this weekend with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
CBSSports.com reported Tuesday night that Reid will arrive in Arizona on Wednesday for an interview with the Cardinals, and ESPN reported that Reid will interview in Philadelphia with the Chiefs before traveling to meet with the Cardinals.
Multiple reports from Arizona and nationally Tuesday suggested that Reid is very close -- by the end of the week, perhaps -- to coaching the Cardinals, who on Monday fired coach Ken Whisenhunt. But a report from the Arizona Republic denied that the organization is close to an agreement with Reid.
Dalton said he doubted the accuracy of a report that Reid will reunite with former Eagles general manager Tom Heckert in the desert. Heckert was fired Monday as general manager of the Browns. Reid and Heckert are both represented by super-agent Bob Lamonte, who didnt respond to several CSNPhilly.com inquiries.
Seven head coaches and several general managers were fired Monday, turning the NFL landscape into a giant rumor mill. False information and power plays are common at this time of the year as agenda-driven agents and NFL top executives jockey for free-agent coaches and front-office members.
There are enough credible reports out there to believe that Reid could eventually end up coaching the Cardinals and reuniting with quarterback Kevin Kolb, even if the deal isnt done immediately.
A league source told ESPNs Adam Schefter that he was 95 percent certain Reid would end up in Arizona. Reid would logically look to the West for his next job. Hes from Los Angeles and has a Southern California home.
If he ends up coaching the Cardinals, Reid would get another chance to groom Kolb into a franchise quarterback. Reid traded Kolb to the Cards before the 2011 season in exchange for a second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Reid drafted Kolb in the second round in 2007 and groomed Kolb to replace Donovan McNabb but then dealt Kolb after Mike Vicks electrifying 2010 season.
Reid would also coach wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who the Eagles tried to acquire in 2008 through a trade that Arizona turned down.
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