Arizona Cardinals' Lou Anarumo coach speculation swirls: 'Right man' to coach NFL team
Could the Arizona Cardinals hire Lou Anarumo as their next head coach?
Speculation surrounding the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator and Arizona's open NFL coaching job continues to swirl with several sites high on his potential to replace Kliff Kingsbury as the coach of the Cardinals.
Take a look at some of the latest chatter about Anarumo and the Arizona Cardinals' coaching search:
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SB Nation: Lou Anarumo is right man for Cardinals' job
Walter Mitchell writes: "What the Cardinals need to do, more than anything else, is get the right man in place as head coach. Lou Anarumo is the right man. He’s more proven, more savvy and more masterful at game planning. Even if Jonathan Gannon can assure the Cardinals of being able to bring Eric Bienemy with him as OC, one could make a cogent argument that Eric Bienemy is a stronger head coaching candidate than Gannon at this point in Gannon’s young, NFL career."
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SB Nation: Lou Anarumo has earned chance to coach NFL team
Drew S. Garrison writes: "Anarumo has earned the opportunity to be an NFL head coach. He took over a roster in transition, worked with head coach Zac Taylor and the front office to build the defensive roster to his scheme and has executed repeatedly to slow down some of the NFL’s best offenses. Gannon is coming off of an impressive season as well, so there are two qualified candidates battling it out. Selfishly, we all want Gannon to dazzle the Cardinals brass, leading to Anarumo to return. It would be very hard to not be happy for Lou, if he is able to move on and run his own franchise. After all, there are only 32 of those jobs in the entire world."
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Sports Illustrated: Cardinals to interview Lou Anarumo for second time on Friday
The site reported that Arizona was scheduled to interview Anarumo for a second time on Friday, but this interview would be done remotely.
Anarumo reportedly interviewed with the team in person last week and the interview apparently went well, as Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported that the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator was a finalist for the Arizona Cardinals' job.
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Odds: Lou Anarumo has come a long way in Cardinals' search
How far has Anarumo come in the Cardinals' head coaching search? A very long way, if you look at odds released by OddsChecker last week to replace Kliff Kingsbury.
Late last week, the site didn't even include Anarumo in its odds to become the Cardinals' next head coach. Now, he is reportedly a finalist for the position.
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Bengals Wire: Cardinals' interest in Anarumo no surprise
Chris Roling writes: "It’s not a surprise to hear Anarumo still in the running — word broke prior to this that he would receive a second interview for the job. Anarumo and Flores have defensive backgrounds, which is the way the Cardinals could end up leaning. Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka specializes on the other side of the ball, though, and it’s hard to tell what the Cardinals end up doing."
SB Nation: Losing Anarumo to Cardinals would be a big loss for Bengals
Nathan Beighle wites: "In four postseason games last year, the Bengals held their opponent to under 25 points. The defensive strength was again on display this past postseason, as Cincinnati held Buffalo to just 10 points on the road. Whether he could make it work as a head coach with Kyler Murray running the show is yet to be seen, but Anarumo has been a terrific defensive coordinator for the Bengals over the past several seasons. Anarumo has some experience as an assistant head coach back in the day at Harvard, but in the NFL, his expertise has been on the defensive side of the ball specifically."
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Cards Wire: Keep an eye on Lou Anarumo in Cardinals' coaching search
Jess Root wrote: "Anarumo has been coaching since 1989 but didn't join the NFL ranks until 2012. He spent 2012-2017 as a defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins and was an interim DC in 2015. He was a defensive backs coach for the New York Giants in 2018 and has been Cincy's DC since 2019."
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