Jonathan Gannon Arizona Cardinals coach speculation swirls: Sides meeting again Tuesday

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is a top candidate for the Arizona Cardinals' head coaching job.

Could Jonathan Gannon be the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals?

Speculation has swirled about the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator potentially replacing Kliff Kingsbury as the coach of the NFL franchise since it was reported before Super Bowl 57 that he was expected to interview with the team on Monday.

Gannon joins New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo in the Cardinals' known head coaching candidates pool, with both of those coordinators interviewing for the second time last week.

Arizona couldn't interview Gannon as he prepared for the Super Bowl in Arizona, but the defensive coordinator didn't have to go far to interview with the team after his team played in the Cardinals' stadium in a 38-35 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

Speculation has run rampant about Gannon and the Cardinals' coaching job since NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported about his interview early Sunday.

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NFL Network: Cardinals to talk more with Jonathan Gannon on Tuesday

Mike Garafolo reported: "As for the #AZCardinals, who have the last head-coaching opening, they have more conversations today with #Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. After that, it’s decision time."

Sports Illustrated: Eagles attempting to keep Jonathan Gannon

Albert Breer wrote: "I have heard, for what it’s worth, that the Eagles have made an effort to keep Gannon in the fold, with the Arizona interest having been rumored for a while." Gannon considered a top candidate for Cardinals' job

Ian Rapoport wrote: "While it's no slam dunk Gannon gets the job, he is considered to be a top candidate -- one worth waiting weeks to speak with. The young, dynamic coordinator also was a finalist for the Texans each of the past two years before they hired Lovie Smith and DeMeco Ryans, respectively.Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka and Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo had virtual second interviews for the job this week. Owner Michael Bidwill has told candidates to expect a decision early in the week, perhaps as soon as Monday."

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Clutch Points: Jonathan Gannon could end up being Cardinals' next coach

Owen Crisafulli wrote: "Jonathan Gannon has received a lot of praise for quietly turning the Eagles into one of the best defensive units in the league this season. Philly doesn’t really have a weakness on defense, and while their offense rightly draws a fair amount of praise, it’s clear their defense is another big reason why they have managed to make it to the Super Bowl this season. Considering how the Cardinals haven’t named a new head coach yet, there’s a decent chance that they are waiting for the Eagles season to conclude before either conducting another interview with Gannon, or hiring him outright. Either way, it looks like the Cardinals will be making a decision on their next head coach soon, and Gannon could end up being their guy."

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Pro Football Rumors: Easy to see why Gannon would interest Cardinals

Rory Parks wrote: "It’s easy to see why the Cardinals would have interest in Gannon. The 40-year-old, who just wrapped his second season as Philadelphia’s DC after a three-year stint as the Colts’ defensive backs coach, oversaw a unit that ranked second in the league in total defense and eighth in points allowed in 2022. The Eagles also boasted the best pass defense in the NFL — which reflects well on Gannon given his background as a DBs coach — and posted a whopping 70 sacks (60 of which came from a base front, as opposed to a blitz)."

Fansided: Cardinals interested in Jonathan Gannon as potential head coach

Jim Kock wrote: "Landing Gannon could open up some exciting possibilities for the Cardinals defensive unit. Philadelphia defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and cornerback James Bradberry have contracts that will expire next month. Could one or both of those stud defenders elect to follow Gannon to the desert when the free-agent signing period gets underway in March? The Cards’ coaching search could finally be coming to an end. Anarumo and Kafka have not been eliminated from consideration, and Gannon is now in the mix. Stay turned Red Sea, a decision could be coming in just a matter of hours."

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SB Nation: Why are the Cardinals so excited about Jonathan Gannon?

Walter Mitchell wrote: "The fact that the Cardinals are interested in yet another defensive minded head coach does not bode well for Mike Kafka. On top of that, seeing as four of the Cardinals’ defensive assistants have landed jobs with other teams, it appears that an overhaul on defense is the owner’s and GM’s top priority. The fact that the Cardinals are showing heated interest in Jonathan Gannon does not bode well for Lou Anarumo, who could make a strong case that by virtue of his experience and recent success leading a defense of good (but not great) players to two AFC Championship is a row and the Super Bowl in 2021, he’s more qualified. … He’s a rising star at age 40 and one might imagine that he has assembled the most impressive staff. The Cardinals’ head coaching decision may come down to the total picture of the coaching staff."

Cards Wire: Did Eagles' defensive performance in the Super Bowl affected Gannon's chances to get Cardinals' job?

Jess Root wrote: "The Eagles had the league’s No. 2 total defense and allowed the eighth-fewest points in 2022. But the last thing we all saw from his defense was a collapse in the Super Bowl. While one game should not really impact how Gannon is viewed as a head coaching candidate, it will impact how people feel about him."

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