Report: Arizona Cardinals "Very Close" to Hiring Andy Reid

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIIJanuary 1, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field after the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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A day after being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles, Tim Ring reports on Twitter that Andy Reid is close to coaching the Arizona Cardinals.

Here is the tweet:

 

I am reporting the Cardinals are very close to a deal with Andy Reid to become the team's next head coach.#AZCardinals #Eagles #NFL

— Tim Ring (@timring3TV) January 1, 2013

 

Well, this is quite an interesting development, as Reid got rid of Kevin Kolb and could be reunited with the former University of Houston standout.

The Cardinals haven't missed a beat, as they also fired their head coach Ken Whisenhunt on Monday. Whisenhunt made two playoff appearances with Arizona, including a Super Bowl loss to the Steelers back in 2009.

This news could very well be true, as Cardinals president Michael Bidwell stated yesterday that he is "not ready to give up on Kolb."

Obviously time will tell whether or not this indeed is true, but it would be an interesting development to say the least. 

Kevin Kolb has been nothing but a disappointment for the Arizona Cardinals since coming over from Philadelphia. His time with the Cards as been plagued by injuries and poor performances. Maybe being reunited with the man who helped build his career could help reignite it.

Andy Reid coached the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 seasons before getting the boot on Monday. It was no surprise as the Eagles had the most disappointing season maybe of any team in the NFL. Reid took the Eagles to five NFC Championship games but only won one. He lost his only Super Bowl appearance against the Patriots back in 2004.

As far as Reid's fit with the team in Arizona, it is going to be a work in progress. The Cardinals started out 4-0 in 2012 and lost their next nine games. The Eagles started out 3-1, with a loss to the Cardinals and Kevin Kolb, and lost 11 of their last 12 games.

Reid would have to be the ultimate hero to come in and patch things up with this disappointing franchise that hasn't seen any success since Kurt Warner retired in 2009.

While it is unknown how much Reid has left in the tank to coach, you have got to feel for the guy. He had one of the most difficult years of anyone in 2012. To go along with his 4-12 record this season, his son Garrett Reid died of an apparent heroin overdose back at Eagles training camp in August.

Stay tuned for more updates.