XTRA910 audio: Cardinals' candidates

NFC playoff matchups consumed much of my weekly Friday conversation with Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki on XTRA Sports 910 AM.

We also took a closer look at the Arizona Cardinals' search for a head coach.

My feeling was that Arizona would be best off hiring an offensive-minded head coach. Promoting Ray Horton from defensive coordinator to head coach carries some appeal, but my thinking was that such a move might make it tougher to fix what was broken in Arizona this season: the offense. An offensive-minded head coach would presumably have a better shot at fixing the offense and hiring offensive assistants.

Promoting Horton would also force the team to hire a defensive coordinator, perhaps weakening the team on that side of the ball.

One thought occurred to me after finishing this conversation: What if Horton, as head coach, could hire Norv Turner to oversee the offense? Darren Urban of azcardinals.com looked at the potential connection a couple days ago. Turner has ties to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who could come available this offseason.

Things to consider as the Cardinals move toward an expected interview with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, among potential others.