Reports: Cardinals request interviews with Taylor, Bieniemy, Campbell for head coaching job

The Cardinals fired Steve Wilks on Monday
Posted at 12:52 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2019-01-01 00:16:45-05

The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly asked permission to interview Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell, according to reports Monday.

The 35-year-old Taylor has spent each of the last two seasons with the Rams, as assistant wide receivers coach in 2017 and quarterbacks coach this year. He previously served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bearcats.

Taylor was the starting quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2005-06. He is three months older than Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who was drafted by the Cardinals in 2004.

The 49-year-old Bieniemy served as the running backs coach for the Chiefs from 2013-17 before being promoted to offensive coordinator before the 2018 season. He previously served as running backs coach at the collegiate level for Colorado and UCLA, as well as for the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. He was a star running back at Colorado and played in nine NFL seasons for the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles.

The 42-year-old Campbell has been the Saints' assistant head coach since 2016. He spent the previous six seasons with the Miami Dolphins, and he was the Dolphins' interim head coach for 12 games in 2015, leading Miami to a 5-7 record. He played as a tight end at Texas A&M and for four different NFL teams from 1999-2009.

Per reports, at least three other NFL teams have requested permission to interview Bieniemy, and the Bengals have also requested an interview with Taylor. The Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers have also requested permission to speak with Campbell.

The Cardinals fired Steve Wilks on Monday after his first and only season as the team's head coach. The Cardinals posted an NFL-worst 3-13 record this season. Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said the team has no timetable for the hiring of a new head coach.

The Cardinals have also reportedly expressed interest in former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, but McCarthy is reportedly not interested in the position.