In a process that has dragged on longer than many expected, the Cardinals are set to interview Bengals DC Lou Anarumo and Bengals OC Brian Callahan later this week.
The #AZCardinals plan to interview #Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo on Wednesday and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan on Thursday for their vacant head coach job, sources say. The first interviews for both in AZ.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 30, 2023
Neither of the coaches has any head coaching experience, but they have had plenty of success throughout their careers as respected coordinators.
With the Bengals being eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cardinals will attempt to swoop in as they continue the hunt for a new head coach.
Lou Anarumo has been an NFL coach since 2012, most recently as the Bengals’ defensive coordinator for the past four seasons.
Before taking over the defense, the Bengals were consistently at the bottom of the league for points allowed, yards allowed, etc.
Fast forward to 2022, and Cincinnati finished the regular season in the top 10 for just about every defensive category. A highly impressive boost considering the Bengals are mainly known for their high-powered offense.
Which brings up the success that Brian Callahan has had with the team since 2019.
Callahan also had the challenge of working with a young, up-and-coming quarterback in Joe Burrow. And we all know how that has gone.
Kyler Murray happens to be one year younger than Burrow, meaning Callahan would be just the guy that Murray might need to get his young NFL career back on track.
Not to mention, Burrow also tore his ACL and bounced back stronger than ever in his return.
Additionally, Brian coached Peyton Manning for five years, from 2010-2015. In this span, Callahan helped bring home a Super Bowl victory and guided one of the best offenses ever seen in the NFL.
Either of the coaches would be excellent hires for the Arizona Cardinals.
Access Burn+ Premium Content & Behind the Scenes Network
- Burn+ Annual Subscription (Digital and Print) $49.95 / year
- Burn+ Monthly Premium Subscription (Digital) $5.95 / month