Cardinals fire coach Kliff Kingsbury, GM Steve Keim stepping down from his spot

Bidwill was able to get a head start on getting to know certain candidates with the league’s accelerator program, which twice at league meetings over the past year have brought owners together with top minorities and women in the personnel and coaching ranks in an effort to diversify the hiring pool.

The Cardinals have reportedly already asked for permission of four GM candidates: Bears assistant GM Ian Cunningham, 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters, 49ers director of pro personnel Ran Carthon, and Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort.

On the flip side, the Titans have reportedly asked permission to talk to Harris about their vacant GM post. Both Harris and Wilson have interviewed for multiple GM jobs in the past.

Bidwill declined to name any candidates other than the internal ones. Asked about his financial wherewithal to hire a high-profile coach, Bidwill said he wanted the “best coach and the best GM.”

“I don’t know if the biggest name correlates to the best coach,” he said.

He also said having to absorb the Kingsbury contract extension just signed about a year ago would not be a factor.

“Nobody here is just hitting the easy button and saying let’s keep this thing going,” Bidwill said. “We’ll live with the financial consequences.”

Bidwill has fielded advice from around the league about candidates. He has also talked to or will talk to a handful of team leaders, including quarterback Kyler Murray. The discussions he has already had led to a desire to help the culture of both the locker room and the organization, Bidwill noted.

“It was pretty crazy with everything on and off the field,” defensive lineman Zach Allen said Monday morning as players emptied their lockers. “Hopefully we can clean all that up.

“There have definitely been too many distractions.”

Bidwill was leaving his options open. He said he didn’t care if it was an offensive or defensive coach. He didn’t care if it is a CEO type or a head coach who wants to call plays. He doesn’t see the need to say one or the other necessarily has to have personnel control, because he’d prefer a “real partnership” between the GM and coach.

There is much to do, with 30-plus free agents and a number of salary cap hurdles to clear. But it started Monday with a clean slate, and before news broke, that was the question to players in the locker room – if they wanted change.

“I want to play good football and turn this thing around,” running back James Conner said. “That’s what I want to do.”

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