Whisenhunt adjusts Cardinals' coaching staff

Ken Whisenhunt finalized his staff by shifting John McNulty from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach and hiring Frank Reich to coach receivers.

--Ken Whisenhunt finalized his staff by shifting John McNulty from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach and hiring Frank Reich to coach receivers. McNulty replaces Chris Miller, who was fired shortly after the season.

Reich's hiring will fuel speculation about the team's interest in Peyton Manning because he spent the past four seasons as an assistant with the Colts. He was a quarterbacks coach for two years before moving to coaching receivers.

Whisenhunt declined to answer questions regarding Manning. "I hired Frank because he's a good coach," Whisenhunt said.

Reich said there are no dots to connect in the situation.

--McNulty wasn't happy when the team denied the Buccaneers permission to interview him about their offensive coordinator's job. Team president Michael Bidwill blocked the move but had Whisenhunt's endorsement.

McNulty has come to terms with the decision and said he is looking forward to his new duties.

If he can fix the Cardinals quarterback position, then he should command attention for coordinator jobs in the future.

"To me, you could either continue to be frustrated and complain," he said, "or if you think you can help, you can do something about it. So, hopefully, collectively, we can put together a program to get these guys playing better.

"If that happens, then I think we'll really be on the way to a lot of success here."

--Hiring Reich as the receivers coach seems strange, since he played quarterback in the NFL. But Reich said he's been working with receivers his entire football career. "I've always felt that close bond with those guys, like there's an instant chemistry," he said.

--Whisenhunt said his discussions with former offensive coordinator Todd Haley about returning to the team were serious. Whisenhunt, however, wasn't going to name Haley offensive coordinator again. He's satisfied with the job Mike Miller has done. Haley would have been receivers or quarterbacks coach. But it would have been difficult for Haley to return as a position coach after serving as a coordinator and head coach.

He was hired as the Steelers offensive coordinator this week.


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