The Eagles could have competition for their preferred candidates for defensive coordinator.
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said he wants to interview assistant coaches on both Super Bowl teams before he makes a hire, according to the Arizona Republic.
“I interviewed a couple of guys at the Senior Bowl and felt good about that,” Whisenhunt said. “But there are guys on both teams I’m interested in talking to after the Super Bowl.”
Whisenhunt is a former Steelers assistant and is close to linebackers coach Keith Butler, who was a candidate for the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator opening 2 years ago. Bill Davis, another former Steelers assistant, was named coordinator and was fired several weeks ago.
However, Butler reportedly has a clause in his contract that names him the “coordinator in waiting” when Dick LeBeau retires. It is unknown if the Steelers would give Butler permission to interview with another team.
LeBeau’s contract is up, but he has indicated that he does not plan to retire.
Another candidate for both the Cardinals and Eagles could be Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton.
At the Senior Bowl, the Cardinals interviewed Miami secondary coach/assistant head coach Todd Bowles, but Whisenhunt would not reveal other names.
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