Cardinals coach Dennis Green worked quickly to reconfigure his coaching staff after the season, but he may have more vacancies to fill in the near future.
Running backs coach Kirby Wilson was granted permission to interview with the New Orleans Saints for a job on Sean Payton’s new staff, while new Houston coach Gary Kubiak wants Cards linebackers coach Frank Bush to be one of his co-defensive coordinators. Bush worked with Kubiak on Denver’s staff and was a player, coach and scout for the former Houston Oilers.
Under Kubiak’s plan, Bush would share coordinator duties with Richard Smith, who is currently under contract with Miami. As of Wednesday, the Texans have not yet asked the Cardinals for permission to speak to Bush.
Bush’s problem is that he recently re-signed with Arizona, so Green and the Cardinals would have to release him from his contract to take the job. There has been a recent trend for teams not to do so — teams are not obligated to let assistants go, even if it means a promotion — and just last week, the Cards declined to let new offensive line coach Steve Loney interview with St. Louis as their offensive coordinator.
Loney, however, just signed with the Cardinals earlier this month, while Bush has been in Arizona both seasons under Green.
Wilson has more flexibility, since he has yet to sign his new contract with the Cardinals and his current deal is believed to expire early next month.
All the coaches in the league are in Mobile, Ala., this week to scout Senior Bowl practices.