First of all, I agree with Skkorp, I haven't laughed so hard and so long as I did reading yesterday's posts. You all were hilarious!
However, the way the Cardinals are going about this process of hiring a new head coach is absurd...and is beyond laughable, IMO.
Think about it. The Cardinals have known since mid-season that they were going to let Dennis Green go. Even Green himself knew it.
Therefore, the Cardinals have had nearly three months to come up with a plan for hiring the new coach...and obviously all they cared to do was put together a "Who's Who" list of candidates.
With three months to work with, why didn't the Bidwills and Rod Graves do their homework and narrow down to three (at the most) candidates to interview?...with a pre-conceived idea of who their first choice would be.
It's not that difficult to do...especially seeing as all the candidates on the Cardinals' long list were virtually guaranteed to be available, seeing as they are all coordinators or assistant head coaches.
Were they even watching Norm Chow's games down the stretch to see what he was doing with Vince Young and his offense? Ken Whisenhunt
Then...to absolutlely muddle and confound matters, comes the preposterous decision of retaining seven assistant coaches...which immediately handicaps a new coach's negotiations with the team.
This is a joke. And if an excellent candidate like Norm Chow is being looked over because he wants a clean slate and his own staff...imagine how stupid that is.
Just look at what Atlanta did...they obviously had Bobby Petrino in mind and they expedited the process to get him...which shows that they have a good idea of the type of coach they want and it shows that they are smart enough to realize that if they don't hop on Petrino right away, they may run the risk of losing him to another NFL team.
It would have been a refreshing change for the Cardinals to go into the process knowing exactly who they want to be the next head coach.
There wouldn't be all this media and frustrated fan speculation...
And, even more important, the Bidwills wouldn't be revealed once again as victims of their own indecision or unpreparedness.
Having candidates (who have already interviewed in Arizona) in for second interviews is absurd. What did the management team miss the first time around?
PFW is right...if a team calls a candidate back for a second interview, it should be to talk turkey and make the hire...not to have the candidate meet with the retained DC, whom, I'd be willing to bet, none of the candidates want as his own DC.
All of this just smacks of paralyzing indecision...an on-going rift in organizational procedure and philosophy...and a general sense that team management really doesn't know what they are doing.
None of what has transpired in this process inspires confidence in us the fans, does it?
Imagine what the players must think? And now we hear that some of them have been asked to take small roles in the process.
All this process could have taken is a simple conversation with Matt Leinart: BB--Matt, what would you think of Norm Chow as your new head coach? ML--You know, Mr. Bidwill, the guy is a winner...and he's the kind of coach who can lead us to the Super Bowl. BB-Rod, get Norm Chow on the phone will you? RG--Yes, sir.
The reality is that the Cardinals do the same lousy thing in free agency...interview, interview, interview...ad nauseum...and decisions don't happen until the player and agents have long since left the scene.
If you want a player...all you need to do is (1) call the player's agent to see if he is interested and to ask what the player's salary range is; (2) watch the player on tape to make sure of his skills; (3) call your insiders to see what kind of a person the player is and ask how well he would fit in. It's that simple...if all three efforts produce positive results, have the player and his agent report to Arizona for an interview and a negotiation session.
This is why the Bidwills need a real football man in charge...so that decisions can be made with aplomb and alacrity.
The funny thing is...the Bidwills' teams play like the way they manage...everytime the team gets close to doing something big, the team can't get the play out of the huddle fast enough and needs to waste a timeout...which later on prevents the team from getting the ball back at the end of the game...alas. another loss and an added chapter to Cardinal futility.