Posted by Josh Katzowitz
It looks like Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is going after a few of the Steelers defensive assistant coaches in order to fill Arizona’s defensive coordinator spot.
As the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers blogs today, Whisenhunt wants to talk to Pittsburgh LB coach Keith Butler for the position (the Cardinals already interviewed Greg Manusky but he took the Chargers job instead). Thing is, Whisenhunt has to wait until next week at the earliest to ask the Steelers for permission to talk to Butler, because Pittsburgh is still alive in the playoffs.
But here’s why Butler (pictured at right) might want to stay in Pittsburgh: he supposedly will take over the Steelers defensive coordinator role when Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau decides to retire (though that doesn’t appear to be happening in time for next season).
If Butler’s not interested in Whisenhunt's offer – or if Pittsburgh declines to let Arizona interview him – the Cardinals could go after Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton. As Somers writes, Horton “knows the LeBeau scheme as well as anyone.”
If that’s the case, perhaps the Cardinals should do what makes the most sense for them: ask for permission to speak to – and then hire – LeBeau himself.
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