One day after their first set of interview requests were issued, the Cardinals are expanding the list of candidates for their vacant offensive coordinator position. Arizona has requested a meeting with Bengals wide receivers coach Troy Walters, as noted (on Twitter) by CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones.
Jones’ colleague Josina Anderson adds that his interview is expected to take place tomorrow (Twitter link). That falls in line with the timeline new head coach Jonathan Gannon outlined yesterday when being introduced to the media. The team’s next OC will have a particularly large role on that side of the ball, given Gannon’s defensive background.
Walters spent one season in Arizona as a player in 2006. The former fifth-rounder operated primarily as a returner during his playing days, which ended in 2007 and almost immediately saw him transition to coaching. The 46-year-old worked as a positional coach at a number of college programs, serving as offensive coordinator at UCF and Nebraska before making the jump to the NFL.
His first stint at the pro level came in Cincinnati in 2020. He was given the title of assistant WRs coach, but became the full-time positional coach at that position one year later. The past two seasons has seen the Bengals develop what many consider the best receiver trio in the league in Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. The pedigree the former two in particular carried from college into the NFL meant their success was expected to a large extent, of course, but it also reflects well on Walters’ coaching potential.
He received an interview request from the Texans earlier in the offseason, before they ultimately turned to Bobby Slowik for their OC vacancy. In Arizona, Walters would inherit not only added responsibilities from a coordinator position, but also a team in a much different situation at receiver compared to the Bengals. Arizona saw veteran A.J. Green retire earlier this month, and five-time Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins faces an increasingly uncertain future with the team.
Here is where the Cardinals’ OC search currently stands: