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Arizona Cardinals fire Ken Whisenhunt

After firing General Manager Rod Graves following a 5-11 season, the Arizona Cardinals have fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt. This signifies a total rebuild for the Cards, and they will almost certainly draft a new quarterback in April. They could feasibly keep Kevin Kolb, and it could work out nicely for them if they want to see if they can make the investment pay off. But the GM who made that mistake is now gone, so it seems impossible for them to keep Kolb.

Graves has left the team with enormous needs on offense, as the Cardinals have the worst pass protection in the NFL. That’s the main reason why the quarterbacks have had such a difficult time producing, in addition to the fact that Ryan Lindley and John Skelton should never be given the opportunity to start for an NFL franchise (especially Lindley). I blame Whisenhunt a little bit for making the QB situation worse by initially trying to start Skelton.

The running back situation in Arizona is also dire, because both Ryan Williams and Beanie Wells were so awful that they averaged under three yards per carry. The offensive line is poor, but you can’t blame them for those putrid numbers. LaRod Stephens-Howling didn’t fair out much better, but at least he averaged over three yards per carry and provided some big-play spark once the Cardinals finally started to use him.

Once Graves went (he deserved to go), it was only a matter of time before Whisenhunt was fired. The head coaches just keep on dropping, as Whisenhunt becomes the seventh coach on Black Monday to receive the pink slip. I don’t think we’re done just yet, though.

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals John Skelton Ken Wisenhunt Kevin Kolb Rod Graves Ryan Lindley

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