Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Andy Reid is the leading candidate to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals two days after being fired following a 14-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN reported.
Reid, 54, may be named as Ken Whisenhunt’s replacement by the end of the week, ESPN said, citing people familiar with the matter it didn’t identify. Mark Dalton, the Cardinals’ vice president of media relations, said on Twitter last night that reports of a deal being “95% done are 100% incorrect.”
Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton interviewed for the job, the team has reached out to Reid and also plans to speak with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Dalton added.
Reid was fired after the Eagles went 4-12 this season, his worst record since joining the team in 1999. He led the Eagles to five National Football Conference title games and a Super Bowl appearance in 2005, and his 14-year run with Philadelphia was the longest of any active head coach in the NFL.
Reid’s signing by Arizona would bring a reunion with quarterback Kevin Kolb, who played his first four seasons in Philadelphia before joining the Cardinals in 2011.
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