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TEMPE - The following is a press release from the Arizona Cardinals:
The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced a series of changes to the team's coaching staff.
On the defensive side, linebackers coach Bill Davis has been promoted to defensive coordinator while Matt Raich moves to linebackers coach from defensive assistant.
Offensively, receivers coach Mike Miller has been promoted to passing game coordinator and Russ Grimm adds running game coordinator duties to his role as assistant head coach/offensive line. In addition, John McNulty joins the team as receivers coach and Chris Miller as quarterbacks coach.
Below is information on each of these individuals:
Bill Davis has spent the past two seasons as the Cardinals linebackers coach after serving as the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator for two seasons (2005-06). In his time with Arizona, linebackers Karlos Dansby and Gerald Hayes both eclipsed over 100 tackles each year with Dansby leading the team in 2007 (117 tackles) and setting a new career high in 2008 (128 tackles). He enters the 16th year of his NFL coaching that began as a defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992-94. He then moved on to the Carolina Panthers (1995-98), Cleveland Browns (1999), Green Bay Packers (2000), Atlanta Falcons (2001-03) and New York Giants (2004) before going to the 49ers. The Youngstown, OH native was a college QB and receiver at the University of Cincinnati (1985-88).
Russ Grimm, a Hall of Fame finalist in 2009, will begin his third season with the Cardinals after being hired in 2007. Last season, Grimm's five offensive linemen started all 20 games throughout the regular season and the playoffs. He joined the Cardinals after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers, first as offensive line coach (2001-03) and then as Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line (2004-06). Prior to that, he spent 19 years with the Washington Redskins as an all-pro guard for 11 seasons (1981-91) and then as an assistant coach for eight (1992-2000). He began his coaching career as Washington's tight ends coach (1992-96) and coached the team's offensive line (1997-2000) before moving on to the Steelers.
Mike Miller worked with the Cardinals receivers for the past two seasons after being hired in 2007. During his two years in Arizona, wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin have combined for three Pro Bowl appearances while his three top receivers all went over 1,000 yards receiving this season (Fitzgerald, Boldin, and Steve Breaston). He joined the Cardinals after spending 2006 as the quarterbacks coach for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe while working the previous three seasons as an offensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1999-2003). Miller previously coached with the Buffalo Bills as tight ends and quality control coach (2004-05). He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant coaching running backs at Robert Morris College in 1997-98.
Matt Raich has spent the past two seasons as the Cardinals defensive assistant after joining the team in 2007. He joined the Cardinals after spending the previous three seasons as an offensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers. A middle linebacker at Westminster College (1989-92) who finished his career as the school's all-time leading tackler, Raich started his NFL career as an intern in the Steelers player personnel department (2002-03). Prior to joining the Steelers, Raich served two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Robert Morris (2000-02) while also coaching at Glenville State (1999), Robert Morris (1996-99) and Westminster (1993-94).
John McNulty comes to the Cardinals after spending the past five seasons (2004-08) at Rutgers including the past two seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. A veteran of six seasons as an NFL assistant, McNulty helped the Scarlet Knights set school records for total offense and points scored in his first full season as offensive coordinator in 2007. Following his playing days at Penn State, he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Michigan (1991-94) before coaching wide receivers at Connecticut (1995-97). He then moved to the NFL as a quality control coach and wide receivers coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1998-2002) and a wide receivers coach with the Dallas Cowboys (2003) before beginning his tenure at Rutgers.
Chris Miller is a 10-year NFL veteran as a quarterback for three different teams (Atlanta Falcons 1987-93, St. Louis Rams 1994-95, Denver Broncos 1999). Miller finished his career with 1,580 completions on 2,892 attempts for 19,320 yards and 123 touchdowns in 98 games played (92 starts). As a collegiate QB at Oregon he set 13 school records before being drafted in the first round (13th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in 1987. He had his best season as a professional in 1991 when he was selected to the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,103 yards and 26 TDs for Atlanta. After retiring as a player, he returned to his hometown of Eugene, OR and began his coaching career as the head coach of South Eugene High School in 2002 where he remained through 2006.