The Cardinals conducted second interviews with two candidates for their head-coaching job on Friday and are expected to meet with other prospects next week, according to NFL sources.
Atlanta special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks interviewed Friday. It was the second trip to the Valley to interview for Wilks and the first for Armstrong, whose first interview came in Atlanta.
Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher remains in the running. Bettcher has been with the Cardinals for five seasons, so team President Michael Bidwill and General Manager Steve Keim don’t need a second interview with him before deciding on a candidate.
Armstrong and Bettcher have ties to Bruce Arians, who retired three weeks ago. Armstrong played for Arians at Temple, and Bettcher came to Arizona with Arians in 2013. Both Armstrong and Bettcher are represented by Arians’ son, Jake.
The Cardinals have interviewed three coaches whose teams play this weekend, and they will not be available until next week: Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
The team apparently would like to talk to at least one of them again.
Coaches can’t be officially hired until their teams are out of the playoffs, so if the Cardinals’ choice goes to the Super Bowl, the official announcement of a new head coach won’t come until after that game.
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