Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 1/6/12

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 29: Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals yells at a referee against the Tennessee Titans during their game at LP Field on November 29, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
By Craig Morgan - FS Arizona, special to FS Midwest The Arizona Cardinals wont endure as much personnel change as they did last summer when an astounding 51 players were signed. But that doesnt mean the men who manage personnel wont change. Coach Ken Whisenhunt was non-committal at his final Monday press conference when asked if there would be any staff changes. That left the door open for some tweaks to his coaching staff, but it was also an admission that some of his coaches might have other opportunities. That is already the case. ESPN reported that the Cards have given the St. Louis Rams permission to talk to defensive coordinator Ray Horton about their vacant head coaching job. The Rams are also expected to talk to Cardinals director of player personnel, Steve Keim. Horton just completed his first season as Arizonas defensive coordinator. After his unit understood and mastered what it was he was trying to do with a brand new scheme, it was among the leagues best in several categories over the second half of the season including yards allowed, passing yards, opponents completion percentage, TDs allowed and red-zone scoring percentage. Clearly, the Cards dont want to hire another DC so soon. Theyve already had three in the past four seasons (Clancy Pendergast, Bill Davis). But this is the way things work in the NFL. Success breeds opportunity. Horton is bright, charismatic and hes got that marketable Steelers pedigree. Keim is a valued voice on personnel decisions. Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said moving him to Phoenix was one of the most important offseason moves the Cards made. Keim had been commuting from North Carolina, where he was a two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a guard at N.C. State. Having him in the office during that very fast free-agency period really helped us in terms of getting instant personnel evaluation, Bidwill said. He was around a lot before, but having him in the office makes a big difference. Were not letting him leave any more. Keim has spent 11 seasons with the Cards after joining the club in May 1999 as a regional scout. Formerly the Cardinals' scout in the East, Keim was promoted to the title of Director, College Scouting in June 2006 and was promoted again to his current title in May 2008.
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