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Local Eagles fans intrigued by possibility of Andy Reid as Cardinals coach

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There's a lot of talk that former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid could become the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Eagles fans in the Valley are intrigued by the thought of having Reid as Cardinals' coach.

The Blitz sports bar in downtown Scottsdale is a favorite hangout for Eagles fans. Bartender Leigh Rutledge said having Reid as the Cardinals coach "would be better than what the Cardinals have now."

The Cardinals don't have a head coach right now, which is the whole point of the coaching search, but point taken.

Meanwhile, Ed Billings of Phoenix said a good quarterback is what the team needs most.

"Like Denver proved this year (by signing Peyton Manning) I don't think it's so much the coach as it is a quarterback," Billings said. "Without a quarterback, it don't matter who the coach is. I guarantee that if Tom Brady wasn't in New England, they'd be a .500 team.

"Look at what Andrew Luck has done in Indianapolis last year to this year. I think a lot of the coaches are pretty equal. Yes, there's a few that are better than the others, but the quarterback is the main person."

He doesn't think the Cardinals will find a quarterback in the draft.

"There's never good quarterbacks out of Southern Cal, so I sure hope they don't take that Barkley guy," Billings said, referring to University of Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley.

As for Reid, Rutledge said having Reid as the Cardinals' head coach could force a lot of her patrons to change their allegiance.

"I don't know, it could be a possibility. It might change it up a little bit. After all, the Cardinals do need a sports bar, so this could do it," Rutledge said.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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