NFL notebook: Cardinals plan to meet with Reid

| Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, 7:52 p.m.

The Cardinals officially began their coaching search with a formal interview of defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

The interview, conducted Tuesday by team president Michael Bidwill, was the first in the team's search for a replacement for Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday after six seasons.

The team has reached out to Andy Reid but hadn't scheduled an interview. Reid was fired Monday after 14 seasons as Eagles coach.

Bidwill plans to fly to Denver over the weekend to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

Horton, Reid and McCoy are the only candidates thus far identified by the Cardinals.

Eagles' coaching search could take awhile

Jeffrey Lurie said his search for the Eagles' next coach could last until the Super Bowl.

While the Eagles were struggling toward a 4-12 finish, Lurie “meticulously and in great detail” researched potential successors.

The Eagles already have lined up interviews with three assistant coaches on the Falcons: Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and special teams coach Keith Armstrong.

Other NFL assistants that are likely on Lurie's “very defined list” include the Horton, McCoy, the 49ers' Greg Roman and Vic Fangio, the Bengals' Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer, the Seahawks' Gus Bradley and the Packers' Ben McAdoo. Bruce Arians, who was 9-3 as interim coach with the Colts, is another candidate.

Oregon's Chip Kelly may be the most sought-after coach from the college ranks, and he's said to be atop the Eagles' list. Penn State's Bill O'Brien would be more attractive if it weren't for the $9 million buyout in his contract.

New president opens Bills' coaching search

With the Bills hierarchy settled, it's on with the coaching search.

“As soon as we get off this podium, we go to work,” Bills CEO Russ Brandon said Tuesday, shortly after being promoted to team president. “We're heading out of here and starting that process.”

First stop: Arizona.

That was the destination of a plane Brandon, general manager Buddy Nix and several other key front-office members had boarded to begin the process of finding a coach.

Though the team, on its website, didn't divulge any details beyond Brandon's travel plans, Arizona is home to three potential candidates: Horton as well as former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and his assistant Russ Grimm, who had both been fired a day earlier.

Bears GM: Playoff misses did in Smith

Bears general manager Phil Emery said too many playoff misses and the inability to develop a productive offense led to coach Lovie Smith's firing.

The Bears let Smith go Monday even though they won 10 games.

Emery said Tuesday he'll be interviewing potential replacements over the next two weeks and would like to have one in place by the college All-Star games later this month.

Woodson cleared to play for Packers

Charles Woodson was cleared to play again, and the Packers are counting on the defensive back to provide a lift in Saturday's playoff game.

Woodson deferred to team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie and gave his broken collarbone as much time to heal as possible, sitting out Sunday's regular-season finale at Minnesota. He was injured on Oct. 21 and has missed nine consecutive games.

49ers sign kicker Cundiff to compete with Akers

The 49ers signed kicker Billy Cundiff to compete with struggling veteran David Akers.

Cundiff was released by the Redskins on Oct. 9 after missing 5 of 12 field-goal attempts.

The 49ers cleared a spot on the 53-man roster for Cundiff by waiving linebacker Eric Bakhtiari.

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