By HCR Staff | July 12, 2018
Seven NFL teams this season feature new head coaches – and with them, new coaching staffs. So what happened to the staff that was in place last year? With so much coaching turnover around the league every year, many of them land with a new team.Over the course of the summer, we’ll take a look at all seven teams that have new staffs. Today, we look at the Arizona Cardinals.
Of the 22 members of the 2017 Cardinals staff, head coach Bruce Arians is one of eight coaches not working the sidelines in 2018. Arians will be a game analyst for CBS Sports this season, and he could thrive in that role. Of the remaining 14 coaches, here’s a breakdown:
• With a new NFL team: 6. The most high-profile among these coaches is former defensive coordinator James Bettcher, who assumes that same role with the New York Giants. With new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur focused on the offense, Bettcher will be relied on heavily to run the defense. His attacking style should be welcome by Giants fans.
• With a college team: 2. Neither of these is a prominent role, with defensive backs coach Nick Rapone joining the staff at the University of Delaware. Assistant strength and conditioning coach Roger Kingdom doesn’t even appear to be working with the football team at UCF.
• With a high school team: 1. The kids at Seton Catholic High School in Arizona are probably fired up that their new head coach, Mike Chiurco, was an NFL coach this time last year.
• Stayed with Cardinals: 5. The most interesting “stay” is Kevin Garver, who had been an offensive assistant with Arizona. He was promoted to receivers coach under new head coach Steve Wilks, mainly because of his relationship with Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Here’s the complete rundown of where the 2017 Cardinals coaches are now.