POSTED 3:11 p.m. EDT, October 17, 2006
ROWEN OUT AS CARDS O.C.
On the same day that former Cardinals offensive coordinator Jim Fassel became the former offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, current Cardinals offensive coordinator Keith Rowen is now a former offensive coordinator of the team, too.
According to numerous reports, Rowen has been dumped by head coach Dennis Green. Quarterbacks coach Mike Kruczek will take over the duties.
Kruczek is a former NFL quarterback. His biggest claim to fame is that, as a rookie with the Steelers in 1976, Kruczek filled in for Terry Bradshaw after he was slammed on his head by Browns defensive lineman Turkey Joe Jones. Kruzcek led the team to six straight wins in Bradshaw's absence.
Rowen was hired into the job in 2005. He replaced Alex Wood, who was fired after only one season. Green said on Tuesday that it's possible that Rowen might remain with the team in a different capacity.
There's no word on whether Rowen thinks that Green's words regarding possible continued employment are genuine or, as Green might say, "bullsh-t bullsh-t."
This is from PFT, but I'm pretty sure it's legit.
QB Coach as an offensive coorindator... that can only be a good thing for the QB.
The play calling could not have been much worse in the Monday night game. They had success with the pass, but I think that's more a credit to their personnel than playcalling.
I wonder if Kruczek will be successful or if they will try to hire a replacement soon. Either way, it looks like a plus for the AZ offense and Leinart.