- Jan. 6: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the wild card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the wild card games.
- Jan. 13: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.
- Jan. 27: An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club's head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.
So Arians would fall under the second category--if they lose there's no issue, but if they win he can still interview through next weekend. On one hand letting a coach interview might be goodwill, but when you're preparing for a playoff game the next week...I can see when you have a bye interviewing, but if I'm Pagano and I win I'd want Arians spending all his time gameplanning.
Without Warner his Cards offensively have been disaster and they are only team in NFL IMO with a OL that is worse then Bears and they have absolutely no run game
Seems to me he would be absolute disaster to Bears hopes of improving pass attack and properly using Forte
Remember, this was the same Warner that everyone wrote off in New York. And the Cards even had Warner in '05 and '06 before Wisenhunt got there and he didn't do anything those years. Crediting most of the Cards' success to Warner is really selling Wisenhunt short.
The lack of OL and run game has led to Kolb looking worse than he is, and neither of those are Wisenhunt's fault. The Cards were 4-0, Kolb was off to a pretty decent start (8TDs to 3INTs, ~225ypg, 59.6%, 86.1 QBR) while getting sacked 27 times in 5 starts. By comparison, Aaron Rodgers was the most sacked QB in the league this year at 51 times in 16 starts. Kolb was the most sacked QB per start and it's not even remotely close. To put it another way, Kolb was on pace to be sacked 86 times this year, completely obliterating David Carr's record of 76.
IMO, the lack of recent success for the Cards has a lot more to do with Rod Graves assembling a team with ZERO depth than Wisenhunt. He did what he could with a team that was literally falling apart. To begin with, they beat not just 2 playoff teams, but 2 trendy picks to currently make the Super Bowl in Seattle and New England (in Foxborough). Once Kolb was basically lost for the season in the Buffalo game, they still put up a few fights against playoff teams in Minnesota (lost by 7), and Atlanta (lost by 4). Even the 49ers, Bears and Packers were only 2 possession losses. With the exception of the first Seattle win and the Bears' game, all of these were on the road.
Stretching back a bit further, the Pittsburgh offense improved from 22 to 16 to 15 to 7 under Wisenhunt. Sure, a good deal of that had to do with going from Maddox to Roethlisberger, but he was still a rookie and he needed a good OC to help mold him, which Wisenhunt did. I believe he can do that in Chicago, though obviously Cutler is far from a rookie. First and foremost, though, the Bears are going to need to fix that OLine to protect Cutler. If a QB is constantly getting hit and given no time to make reads, you can't expect him to be at full productivity. Rodgers is obviously the exception to this rule since he is a robot.
EDIT: And because I thought it was funny:
Rob McElhenney @RMcElhenney
Chip Kelly would look dashing in Eagle green. Brown just wouldn't suit his complexion.
Rob McElhenney @RMcElhenney
“@joeyweb32: @RMcElhenney zero nfl experience. Doesn't that worry you?" I didn't have any experience creating TV shows.