Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo is one of three finalists to land the Arizona Cardinals head coach vacancy.
Anarumo is joined by New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, and Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Brian Flores, per NFL insider Jeremy Fowler.
The Arizona Cardinals have informed several head coaching candidates that they are out of the running, per sources.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 6, 2023
Steelers assistant coach Brian Flores, Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka and Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo are three known finalists.
Anarumo, who earned a second interview to be conducted later this week, has been the Bengals’ DC for the past four years. This is the second head coaching opportunity in the past two years he’s attempted to secure, and his competition is pretty solid.
Kafka oversaw the growth of the Giants offense with Daniel Jones having a breakthrough season, and Saquon Barkley returning to form. Flores is a renowned defensive mind with previous head coaching experience with the Miami Dolphins before he was unexpectedly fired and a lawsuit came of it.
While Anarumo is still in the running, Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan was informed he’s been eliminated from contention along with other candidates like Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn.
Arizona DC Vance Joseph is among candidates informed, and as of now the team has not let him out of his contract to pursue other coordinator opportunities. Lions DC Aaron Glenn and Bengals OC Brian Callahan also are out, though both are alive in Indy.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 6, 2023
The Cardinals are one of two clubs left with head coaching gigs available. The Indianapolis Colts have the other vacancy, and Callahan is still in the running for that job.