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Cardinals turn focus to new head coach after hiring Monti Ossenfort as GM

By Sports Desk January 17, 2023

Monti Ossenfort was introduced as the Arizona Cardinals' new general manager on Tuesday as the team prepare to hire a new head coach.

Ossenfort, previously the Tennessee Titans' director of player personnel and before that a New England Patriots employee in various roles, was appointed on Monday.

Predecessor Steve Keim had stepped away from the position last week after initially taking an indefinite, health-related leave of absence in December.

The Cardinals still need a coach, however, as the announcement of Keim's departure was twinned with the firing of Kliff Kingsbury.

That topic was unsurprisingly prominent as Ossenfort met the media alongside Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill.

Bidwill confirmed the team had interviewed seven GM candidates before settling on Ossenfort as the man to take them forward as they turn their focus to the coaching vacancy.

"It became clear Monti was going to be the best fit for us, with his well-defined vision of turning this organisation around on the field and assisting us in identifying our new head coach, which we will embark on in a matter of days," Bidwill said.

The Cardinals were a miserable 4-13 this year, with Kingsbury unable to even oversee the sort of strong starts that had raised hopes in previous ultimately underwhelming seasons.

Another key issue centred around quarterback Kyler Murray, whose relationship with Kingsbury reportedly deteriorated in 2022.

Ossenfort's message on the sorts of players he wants to see in Arizona colours was clear.

He promised a "unified message across the general manager, the head coach and ownership" and identified the profiles of the playing personnel as key.

"We are going to look for the right type of players," Ossenfort said. "Ego will not be tolerated in this organisation.

"We are going to look for focused, driven people who are willing to put the team first at every step of the way."

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