Ex-Eagles coach is linked to Cards job

Former Eagles coach Andy Reid has emerged as the leading candidate to become the Cardinals' next coach, Phoenix's KTVK-TV and espn.com reported Tuesday.

Arizona said it has reached out to Reid but not scheduled an interview.

It did confirm an interview with its defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, an African-American. That satisfies the NFL's Rooney Rule, which mandates teams interview a minority for coaching vacancies.

Team president Michael Bidwill also said he will talk to Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

The Eagles fired Reid after 14 seasons as coach Monday, two days after competing a 4-12 season. In Arizona, he would be reunited with quarterback Kevin Kolb, who thrived in Philadelphia.

Bears GM cites two factors for firing

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears had too many playoff misses and too many problems on offense. That's why coach Lovie Smith was fired, general manager Phil Emery said.

Chicago has missed the postseason five of the past six seasons, including this season despite going 10-6. And despite four coordinators during his tenure and trades for quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall, the offensive continued to struggle under Smith.

Emery added he will interview candidates over the next two weeks. They will include Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. Media reports have him also talking to McCoy, Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong and Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis.

Holmgren available: Mike Holmgren, recently ousted as Browns team president, said he would listen to any coaching offers. Holm­gren, 64, who led the Packers to a Super Bowl title, hasn't coached since 2008 with the Seahawks.

Ex-Eagles coach is linked to Cards job 01/01/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 10:41pm]

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