The Cardinals and new coach Dennis Green had been granted permission to talk to Baltimore offensive line coach and former Arizona State offensive coordinator Jim Colletto about Arizona’s offensive coordinator job, but Colletto said Green cancelled the interview late last week because Green “wanted to go in a different direction.”
A source said Green is eyeing Cincinnati Bengals receivers coach Alex Wood as offensive coordinator. Wood worked with Green in Minnesota and was one of the coaches responsible for developing Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Wood, who spent his one season in Cincinnati guiding receivers Peter Warrick and Chad Johnson to career years, was also coach of James Madison University from 1995-98.
The Tampa Tribune reported the Cardinals had already hired running backs coach Kirby Wilson, who was let go by the Buccaneers on Monday. Green is also expected to bring aboard Pete Rodriguez, fired last week in Seattle, as his special teams coach, and Richard Solomon, a longtime friend and co-worker with Green, as defensive backs coach. Carl Hargrave, another longtime assistant under Green in Minnesota, also could end up in Arizona.
ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury, a former quarterback under Green with the Vikings, has interviewed for the quarterbacks coach job.
The Cards wanted to interview Tampa Bay linebackers coach Joe Barry for their defensive coordinator job, but the Buccaneers would not grant Arizona permission to speak to the 33-year-old Barry. He has a year left on his contract.
The Cardinals also let go Bob Rogucki, their strength coach of 14 seasons, and will replace him with Steve Wetzel, Green’s strength coach from his Minnesota days.
The Cardinals still have not officially announced any hires but are expected to do so by the end of the week.