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Posted at 9:55 a.m., Monday, January 8, 2007

Titans' Chow interviews with Cardinals

By Jim Wyatt
The Tennessean

This time last year, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow was trying to convince the team to take his former student, quarterback Matt Leinart, in the NFL Draft.

Now the roles have been reversed. Chow is scheduled to interview for the head coaching position with the Arizona Cardinals today, providing another opportunity to be reunited with Leinart.

Chow coached Leinart at Southern Cal before joining the Titans prior to the 2005 season. Leinart just finished his first season with the Cardinals, who took him with the 10th pick after the Titans opted for quarterback Vince Young with the third overall ###pick.

Last week, Young was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

"Vince had a great year with the Titans, and Matt did well in Arizona," said Chuck Price, one of Leinart's agents. "Norm was a great influence on Matt in his development at SC, so from that standpoint it would be an incredible thing for Norm to work with him again. It would be a great situation."

However, Price said, Leinart is in a delicate position.

Six other candidates have already interviewed with the Cardinals, including Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach Jim Caldwell on Sunday. Pittsburgh Steelers assistant head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm is scheduled to meet with Cardinals officials on Tuesday.

The Cardinals are looking for a replacement for Dennis Green, who was fired last week.

Chow recently wrapped up his second season with the Titans, where the offense made great strides with Young leading the way.

Chow's last experience as a head coach was at Waialua High School, from 1970-72. Prior to joining the Titans, he served 32 years as an assistant at the college level. In December, he interviewed for the head coaching positions at North Carolina State and Arizona State, but was not hired.

"I am honored to be considered," Chow, 60, said of the Arizona job."

When the Titans drafted Young instead of Leinart, Chow immediately began finding ways to best use him in the team's offense. Their relationship today is solid.

Chow has maintained he's very happy with the Titans.

"It's great working for this organization. I've never looked and tried to hustle jobs and all of that," Chow said. "I'm real happy with the job I have."

Last week, the Cardinals interviewed in-house candidate Clancy Pendergast, Arizona's defensive coordinator last season.

Texans assistant coach Mike Sherman, Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, and Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron have all interviewed for the job.

The Cardinals finished 5-11 last season. On the year, Leinart completed 214 of 377 passes for 2,547 yards, 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

"Based on what I hear, a lot of the people close to the situation think Sherman has a great chance. The names you hear the strongest are Sherman, Rivera and Chow," Price said. "I think (president) Bill Bidwell and his people there understand it would be great for Matt to get Norm."