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Posted: Tuesday, February 6, 2007 5:46 pm | Updated: 8:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

TEMPE - Longtime NFL quarterback Jeff Rutledge was among four more assistants hired by new Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, the team said Tuesday.

Rutledge was named quarterbacks coach. The other assistants hired are Freddie Kitchens as tight end coach, Mike Miller as offensive assistant and Matt Raich as defensive quality control coach.

Whisenhunt also will retain Rick Courtright and Richie Anderson from departed coach Dennis Green's staff. Courtright will remain as assistant defensive backs coach and Anderson will switch from tight ends coach to wide receivers coach.

Rutledge, who played 14 seasons in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Washington Redskins, has been head coach at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville for the past five seasons. His Bell Academy teams went 41-17 and won the state championship in 2002 and 2003.

Kitchens was tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys last season. He coached two seasons at Mississippi State before moving to the NFL in last year. Kitchens was a three-year starter for Alabama in the mid-1990s.

Both Rutledge and Kitchens were quarterbacks at Alabama. Rutledge played for Bear Bryant, directing the team to a national championship in 1978. Kitchens was quarterbacks coach for the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe last season. He also was an offensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1999 through 2003 and was tight ends coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005.

Raich was an offensive assistant for Pittsburgh the past three seasons,

The hirings bring the total of assistants hired by Whisenhunt to 14.

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