Arizona Cardinals need to hire Jim Harbaugh, fire Kliff Kingsbury, Phoenix radio host says

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Kliff Kingsbury is still the coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

But that hasn't stopped some people from speculating about who the team should hire should it fire its head coach.

And for one Phoenix radio host, the choice is clear for Michael Bidwill and the franchise: The team needs to fire Kingsbury and hire Jim Harbaugh.

Oehler made his case earlier this week on his radio show, The Drive with Jody Oehler on Fox Sports 910 AM.

He also laid out his case in a story on the radio's website, calling Harbaugh "the man who can save the Cardinals."

"The Cardinals needs big, bold change in their leadership," Oehler wrote.  "The Arizona Cardinals need to hire Jim Harbaugh. I know that sounds crazy but hear me out: Harbaugh is everything that Kliff isn't for this team. You want someone who isn't going to look terrified in every post game press conference? You want someone who won't be afraid to offer some tough love to Kyler Murray? You want someone who brings an immediate identity to this team and leads from the front? You hire Jim Harbaugh."

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Oehler wrote that Arizona needs to do something fast to help the team's starting quarter back, Kyler Murray, and that they can't afford to have him under Kliff Kingsbury for another season.

He wrote that Harbaugh might jump at the chance to coach Murray and the Cardinals after what he was able to do with Colin Kaepernick when he was the coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

And that Harbaugh would probably love to face the 49ers twice a season as the coach in Arizona.

"Jim Harbaugh is exactly the change in leadership the Cardinals need right now," Oehler wrote. "Michael Bidwill and the Cardinals need to stop trying to copy the Rams and start trying to borrow heavily from the Baltimore Ravens. John Harbaugh has built a tough, physical NFL team based on a punishing ground attack and a disciplined defense. Why not do the same in the NFC with the other Harbaugh? The Cardinals didn’t just hit a bump in the road in Los Angeles on Monday night; they crashed through the guardrail and are headed off a cliff. All they have to do to save their franchise is let Jim Harbaugh grab the wheel."

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Some people think Jim Harbaugh would be a great fit as the Cardinals' head coach. There is one problem, however. Kliff Kingsbury is still Arizona's coach.

Arizona would probably need to act fast, however, for a chance to land Harbaugh. The current Michigan coach has been linked to some other NFL jobs, especially the Las Vegas Raiders' head coaching position.

Oehler isn't the only person to speculate about Harbaugh and the Cardinals.

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio listed the Cardinals as a potential landing spot for Harbaugh.

"The reality, as we understand it, is that Harbaugh generally has interest in an NFL return, to the right situation," Florio wrote. "He’s 58, and he wants to win a Super Bowl. With 25 percent of the league (and perhaps more) looking for a new coach, Harbaugh isn’t restricted to the Raiders. Any of the teams looking for a coach could do a lot worse than a guy who immediately turned a 6-10 49ers team into a contender, and who went 44-19-1 in four seasons in San Francisco. Could it be the Raiders? Sure. Could it be another team with a vacancy? Why not. Could it ultimately be, say, the Cardinals and a return to the NFC West, if they move on from Kliff Kingsbury? Two games per year against the 49ers, Seahawks, and Rams would be compelling, to say the least."

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Sportnaut's Vincent Frank imagined that the Cardinals' job could entice Harbaugh.

"It’s not like there’s a lack of qualified head coach candidates to replace Kliff Kingsbury in the desert," he wrote. "This job would also be seen as the most-attractive among the openings should owner Michael Bidwell and Co. move off Kingsbury. Just imagine replacing Kingsbury with Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh or Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich."

Of course, all of this is just speculation, as the Cardinals haven't fired Kingsbury, although chatter seemed to increase on Thursday with a report that Bidwill was very unhappy with his team's late-season slide.

Could Jim Harbaugh be a good fit in Arizona should the team move on from Kingsbury?

The speculation will likely continue until the Cardinals come out with a definitive statement on their head coach or until Harbaugh announces he is either staying at Michigan or taking another job.

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