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Three seasons without a playoff appearance was too long for Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves.
As first reported by ESPN, Whisenhunt and Graves were fired Monday after a 5-11 season marked by only one victory in the final 12 contests.
The dismissal finish marks the end of Whisenhunt's six-year tenure that included the only Super Bowl appearance in franchise history with the 2008 Cardinals. Arizona made the second round of the playoffs the following season but then slid following quarterback Kurt Warner's retirement.
The Cardinals proceeded to field a series of flops at quarterback that included Matt Leinart, Kevin Kolb, Max Hall and John Skelton. Brian Hoyer became the fourth different starting quarterback to start for Arizona this season in last Sunday's 27-13 loss at San Francisco. Poor offensive line play and an anemic running game compounded the team's offensive problems.
Defense is one area where Arizona has excelled for the past 1 ½ seasons, which is why coordinator Ray Horton is considered an internal candidate to replace Whisenhunt. Horton also is considered a strong contender for other head coaching vacancies.
Graves had led Arizona's personnel department since 2003. It's believed that Cardinals vice president of player personnel Steve Keim is a candidate to replace Graves.
Whisenhunt, 50, finished with an overall record of 49-53 with the Cardinals.
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The Cardinals jumped out to a hot 0-4 start that included what should have been a signature victory against the New England Patriots.
What happened from that point forward was bowling shoe ugly.
On Black Monday they began their search for answers as they let coach Ken Whisenhunt go.
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Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that the only candidate that the Chargers are “seriously” considering is Colts OC Bruce Arians.
Acee adds that former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is interested in the position, but doesn’t anything about the Chargers interest in him.
Chargers have already hired former Packers GM Ron Wolf to help with their search...
Don Banks of SI.com reports that a league source has informed him that Cardinals GM Rod Graves and coach Ken Whisenhunt could be the “next two shoes to drop.”
Banks adds that the team is still deciding what to do regarding the two men.
Previous reports have indicated that it’s very likely that Graves was going to be let go today, but there seemed to be some optimism that Whisenhunt...
As seven NFL teams look for new coaches, several of 2012′s head coaches are expected to jump to new teams after being fired Monday.
Common sense says that would be Andy Reid, who went 130-93 in 14 seasons with the Eagles, or Lovie Smith, who was 81-63 in nine years with the Bears. Unless, of course, the team is the Bills. Then, apparently, it’s time to raid the cupboard of the...
The Buffalo Bills have been very busy today.
The team has made the decision to retain GM Buddy Nix for another season and has hired Russ Brandon to be their new president, according to Albert Breer. Bills owner Ralph Wilson is reportedly willing to give up controlling the team and shift that responsibility to Brandon, according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Larry Fitzgerald knows change is coming.
Its inevitable, the Cardinals receiver said with resignation. If it were up to me, Id bring everybody back.
Its not up to Fitzgerald -- at least not this time. When the debris had settled on Sundays 27-13 loss to the 49ers, the Cardinals had matched their worst record of the Ken Whisenhunt era at 5-11.
It would be foolish...
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