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Trading down鈥ts the hip thing to do. Its what so many Arizona Cardinals fans and pundits want to see the team do with the first overall pick because it would allow them to address the bevy of..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Podcasts The Revenge of the Birds podcastJosh Allen offers versatility off the edge or off the ballNew Stitched Corey Peters Jersey ,34comments Josh Allen offers versatility off the edge or off the ballJasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsTrading down鈥ts the hip thing to do. Its what so many Arizona Cardinals fans and pundits want to see the team do with the first overall pick because it would allow them to address the bevy of needs the team still has.While I dont subscribe to that thought, I do understand that is a possibility.If the Cardinals were to trade down and miss out on Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams, who are some names to know?Thats the next group of players well be going through here.The guys in the 4-6 range who could be in the play if the Arizona Cardinals move down.Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky - Allen is one of the most productive college pass rushers in the nation.Allen grew in each of his years at Kentucky and offers a balance of size and speed that has NFL teams licking their chops.Allen is an explosive pass rusher who can run the edge and has enough hand usage right now to be effective coming off the side.Thats what Allen does, turn the corner with ease.Allen is also a deft linebacker in coverage as well, which is what has so many so high on him as a prospect.The reason Allen is not getting billing as a top pick, why he is still mentioned outside of the top two, is because there are some deficiencies.Not that Allen wont be a good player, the question becomes if he is an edge rusher or more of an Anthony Barr type off ball linebacker.Again, not that that would be a bad thing, but it would be a slight downturn in value if you are drafting that at one or two.Allen would be a nice fit in Arizona because he could learn behind someone like Terrell Suggs and Chandler Jones the best way to play on the edge, but could also give them some insurance if the Haason Reddick experiment does not work out. This week Mike Zimmer Youth Corey Peters Jersey , citing philosophical differences, fired OC John DeFilippo in the aftermath of the Vikings disappointing 21-7 loss to the Seahawks on MNF.In some ways, the Vikings situation on offense resembles the Cardinals in that the defensive minded head coach wants to emphasize the running game on offense-which in todays NFL is not easy to do, particularly behind mediocre offensive lines, and in light of how pass friendly the league has become.Suddenly, many pundits and fans are now casting strong doubts and aspersions on DeFilippos ability to generate high octane offense.To that-I say-whoa-not so fast.First of all-I am of the opinion that a coordinator is typically at his best when he is given the authority and the autonomy to run his own style of offense. Whenever that autonomy gets compromised by the dictates of the head coach, it leaves the coordinator in an untenable position of having to appease the head coach-even though he knows its likely going to make things more difficult for everyone.Theres a lot more to DeFilippos firing than what first meets the eye. This was a power move by Mike Zimmer-who a couple of years ago irked former OC Norv Turner so much that Turner resigned during the seasonand who then benefitted from Pat Shurmurs success in 2017, only to lose Shurmur to the Giants.When Shurmur took the head coaching job with the Giants, he wanted to take the Vikings QB coach, Kevin Stefanski, with him. Zimmer did everything he could to prevent losing Stefanski.One of Mike Zimmers confidantes suggested that because John DeFilippo is a climber (one who aspires to be a head coach) Zimmer would be likely to lose him in a year or two like he did with Shurmur-and seeing as Zimmer wants desperately to hold on to Stefanski, why not make the move now and promote Stefanski to OC. Yes, Zimmer and DeFilippo have philosophical differences-but realistically what Zimmer wants in terms of a more methodical Stitched Antoine Bethea Jersey , ball control, time of possession winning offense does not look reasonably attainable with his current offensive line. One would think that with Kirk Cousins at QB and a magnificent duo of WRs in Adam Thielan/Stefan Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph, plus with a superb all-purpose RB/receiver in Dalvin Cook, why not open the whole thing up?It will be interesting to see whether Stefanski can give Mike Zimmer what he wants.As for DeFilippo, before anyone can accurately assess his talents, he needs to find a situation where he is not handcuffed by the head coach. Over in Cleveland, defensive minded interim head coach Gregg Williams has given new OC Freddie Kitchens the freedom to build the Browns offense around the skills of rookie QB Baker Mayfield. Kitchens has been free to be his own man and to put his own stamp on the offense.Obviously, having spent the last ten years working under Ken Whisenhunt and Bruce Arians, Kitchens has garnered a great deal of knowledge as to how to run an effective offense-and he keenly understands the importance of creating a healthy chemistry with the teams starting QB.Whats also very impressive about Kitchens is his resourcefulness and willingness to innovate in order to maximize Mayfields unique talents and persona.If Michael Bidwill and Steve Keim had manifested a keener understanding of Freddie Kitchens talents, Kitchens would have been a stronger choice for offensive coordinator than Mike McCoy-but-as John DeFilippo experienced in Minnesota-Kitchens hands might have been tied (in the same way that Flips hand were tied) in trying to accommodate the head coachs ball control demands.In a recent interview, Bruce Arians maintains that he is only interested in the Browns head coaching position-but now he is saying that he would relinquish the play calling to Freddie Kitchens, so that, as Arians put it Youth Antoine Bethea Jersey , he can focus more on being a game manager. Clearly, BA is tapping into Kitchens growing popularity with the Browns-even though BA, while with he Cardinals, preferred Harold Goodwin and Byron Leftwich as future play callers over Kitchens.Should the Cardinals be interested in DeFilippo or Kitchens?Of the two, one would imagine that Kitchens would have the edge, based on his familiarity with the organization and his fondness for the franchise.Of course, the Cardinals interviewed DeFilippo during the playoffs last year-and once they hired Steve Wilks they could have made a push to sign DeFilippo as the OC, but obviously were locked in on Mike McCoy instead. In my opinion, Flip and Freddie are two of the brightest young offensive minds in the NFL and the Cardinals would be wise to pursue one or both of them-that is, if the Cardinals are eager and willing to give them the autonomy and creative support they need in order to be successful.

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