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Greg Manusky Is First Candidate For Cardinals Defensive Coordinator

Ken Whisenhunt began interviewing for the open defensive coordinator position for the Arizona Cardinals, which became available when Bill Davis was let go last week. The first interview went to San Francisco 49er defensive cooordinator Greg Manusky, who coached the 16th ranked defense this past year with Patrick Willis, Takeo Spikes and Nate Clements. Manusky also has interviews lined up with the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers

Whisenhunt is planning on interviewing at least one more candidate this week, but the this person has yet to be revealed.

The one guy considered the favorite is Pittsburgh's linebacker coach Keith Butler. However, he cannot be interviewed until the Steelers are out of the playoffs and may not be able to because of language in his contract. Whisenhunt is friends with Butler and has tried to interview him twice previously for th position.

Because of the labor situation and the unlikeliness of wanting wholesale changes in philosophy, we should be expecting a guy with a 3-4 defensive scheme.

On the offensive side of things for the coaching staff, it appears that there will be no changes made to personnel, unless someone on the staff takes another job elsewhere. There are no immediate plans to hire an offensive coordinator.