Cardinals Mailbag: Defensive coordinator search continues - Part 2

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@joshweinfuss: No. 1 ILB, No. 1-A RB, No. 2 OL, No. 3 OLB, No. 4 DL. Arizona needs more speed and athleticism on the interior of its defense, which was exposed late in the season. The Cardinals already have a run stopper with Kevin Minter, but they need to add someone athletic and quick who can cover sideline-to-sideline like a Daryl Washington. A running back in this draft will also be important because the Cardinals need a big runner to complement Andre Ellington and who will be responsible for short-yardage situations. To also bolster the running game, Arizona might look at stocking the interior of its offensive line.

@joshweinfuss: Obviously the other two are younger, which would be a factor, but Harris earned $5 million last season and would only ask for more as a free agent. The Cardinals wouldn’t pay him that much, especially with the prospect of Washington potentially returning in 2015. Foster made more than Foote this season, as well. Foote would be a good signing, if he decides to not retire, because he understands the general scheme that’ll like be employed regardless of who the defensive coordinator is. If Dick LeBeau is hired, Foote can be an intermediary between him and the team, explaining his defense. And Foote would be a good stopgap at a reasonable price until Washington returns -- if that happens in 2015.

@joshweinfuss: In my opinion, 2014 was the season for Michael Floyd to prove he’s capable of being a No. 1 receiver and I don’t think he showed that. The coaches like what he can bring though, especially on deep balls, but the question heading into 2015 will be if Floyd can be an all-around receiver. Something else to consider: Floyd didn’t catch a touchdown in 2014 without Larry Fitzgerald on the field. If Arizona cuts Fitzgerald, I think they’d be open to bringing in another receiver for the right price.

@joshweinfuss: I think it’s just a matter of Arizona wanting to stay internal with the choice and there’s not a rush to hire him. The Cards will meet with LeBeau next week, figure out if he’s coming on board and in what capacity, then they’ll hire or promote a defensive coordinator.