According to NFL Network’s insider Tom Pelissero, the Arizona Cardinals have requested permission to interview Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero for the head coaching vacancy. Evero has already interviewed with the Broncos, Colts, Texans, Panthers and now likely has an upcoming one with the Arizona Cardinals.
The #Cardinals put in a request to interview #Broncos DC Ejiro Evero for their head coaching job, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 18, 2023
Evero is becoming a popular man around the league. He will interview for fivw head coaching vacancies during this cycle and even had the Atlanta Falcons request permission to interview him for their defensive coordinator position. The Broncos quickly blocked that request, but now will watch their up-and-coming defensive coordinator interview for his fifth head coaching vacancy.
As we know, Evero was brought in by now former and recently fired Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett last year to serve as the defensive coordinator. He was a defensive backs coach for the Rams and would be a first-time defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. He was replacing a pretty damn good defensive mind in Vic Fangio who was let go by the Broncos last year as well, and Evero did not miss a beat.
Despite his inexperience, a league-worst offense, inept coaching around him, and non-stop injuries to key members of the team, Evero was the mastermind behind a damn good Broncos defense. They did tail off at the end of the year but injuries and poor offensive play likely played a factor in that. They were looking like an elite unit in the first half of the year. What he did in the second half of the year with practice squad players and additions from off the roster was fairly impressive. Broncos players also love the guy and pushed for him to be a head coach next season as well.
As we now know, because Evero has only been with the Broncos for one year, he is not eligible for the Rooney Rule compensation. That rule states any minority candidate hired to be a Head Coach or General Manager, the team that person is coming from would receive two third-round compensatory picks (a third-rounder in each of the two upcoming drafts). However, that rule states that the coach or executive has to be with the team for at least two years to be eligible for this compensation.
At the end of the 2022 regular season, the Arizona Cardinals decided to fire head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Things were not working out for the apparent offensive mastermind and the Cardinals decided clean house by moving on from their general manager and head coach. They did recently hire Monti Ossenfort to be their new general manager and his first task is to hire a head coach. So, now he will like to speak with the Broncos' defensive coordinator who appears to be a hot candidate in this cycle.