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Report: Cardinals top coaching target 'expected to accept' Giants job if offered

Report: Cards top coaching target could go to NY
Posted at 12:57 PM, Jan 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-15 23:45:28-05

The Arizona Cardinals' No. 1 choice to replace Bruce Arians may be headed east instead.

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is set to become the next head coach for the New York Giants, according to multiple reports Monday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Shurmur is "expected to accept" the job if offered.

Last week, ABC15 sports director Craig Fouhy learned the 52-year-old Shurmur is the Cardinals' top choice for head coach, in part because he could potentially lure Vikings quarterback and soon-to-be free agent Case Keenum with him to the desert.

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NFL teams are not able to hire a coach from any team that is currently participating in the playoffs, which means neither the Giants nor the Cardinals can officially bring Shurmur on board until the Vikings are eliminated from postseason play. The Vikings will play the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Fouhy learned Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is also considered a frontrunner for the Cardinals' vacant head coaching position. On Saturday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is also high on Arizona's list.