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Old 12-10-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default Coach Wiz-I'm-Not,

This is for all of you who wanted Whisenhunt instead of Tomlin. Of course to be fair I don't think Tomlin would do much better than Whiz if he were the coach of the Arizona Turdnials. Even Vince Lombardi couldn't coach successfully if he had Bozo Bidwell for an owner.

As you will be able to read the Turdnial fans here in Phoenix are restless.

Admins if you want to move this to the general NFL forum feel free but I see there have been some inquires in this forum lately about Whisenhunt. - - mesa
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Arizona Cardinals, yet again, are getting what they paid for

66 comments by Dan Bickley, columnist - Dec. 9, 2010 07:38 PM
The Arizona Republic

Football fans don't tolerate seven-game losing streaks. We become angry. We point fingers. We carve new insults with sharpened tongues.

"You should start calling him Coach Wiz-I'm-Not," wrote one disgruntled Cardinals fan.

Or maybe we should take a look at the organization first.

Shift through the wreckage of the good ship Fitzgerald, and you find hull striking coral in the spring, when coach Ken Whisenhunt started getting itchy about his daffy array of quarterbacks.

About that time, Marc Bulger was released by the Rams. According to some whispers, the pleading took place over several days. But Whisenhunt simply couldn't convince the hierarchy to purchase another quarterback, no matter how hard he tried.

Like other NFL teams, the Cardinals were treading cautiously into an uncapped year, the one leading into a potential lockout. And now they're getting exactly what they paid for.

Maybe we shouldn't blame team President Michael Bidwill and General Manager Rod Graves for believing it was Matt Leinart's time to shine. After all, they had paid a lot of money for Leinart to hold a clipboard all these years. They spent a fortune on the coach, who was supposed to be developing Leinart along with a Kurt Warner succession plan.

No one could've predicted that Leinart's game had turned to mush. (Isn't player evaluation a head coach's job? - mesa)

The team also had spent on Derek Anderson, moved up in the draft to select John Skelton and took a chance on a hometown boy, Max Hall. With all this clutter at quarterback, Bulger was deemed an unnecessary expense, except to the one person who mattered most.

Bulger eventually signed a $3.8 million contract to be a one-year insurance policy for the Ravens, and this story will be especially lamentable if he becomes the Cardinals' starting quarterback in 2011.

Until then, vitriol will continue to flow. The passion is a good sign, an indication that fans still are engaged. The Cardinals will end the season with a 53-game home-sellout streak intact. But it will test Whisenhunt's mettle, and like any head coach, he deserves a chunk of the blame.

Whisenhunt reinstalled himself as offensive coordinator, seems to have chosen poorly at defensive coordinator (after Bidwill agreed to fire family friend Clancy Pendergast), and showed traces of arrogance so prevalent in his profession:

He believed he could manage Anderson and turn him into a winning quarterback. That was an awful idea. You don't put wings on a goat and expect soft landings.

Yet Whisenhunt didn't become a bad coach overnight, either, and the players haven't exactly been accountable. The defense is remarkably soft. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is lampooned for wearing toenail polish and avoiding contact, but when was the last time Adrian Wilson looked like Troy Polamalu? (The answer to that is NEVER. - mesa) When was the last time Wilson changed a game for the better?

The Cardinals' defense looks reactionary and stiff, like too many players are worried about getting fined for an illegal hit. From a 3-9 perspective, the team seems like a weird mix of too much youth and too much age and not enough guys in their prime.

Once, it all seemed so promising. Remember when Darnell Dockett jumped on an ATV and welcomed Joey Porter to the neighborhood by carving donuts in his new teammate's front lawn? Porter laughed it off, as he was only renting the house from former defensive back Terrence Holt.

Then a chair collapsed under Larry Fitzgerald Sr. in San Diego. Brett Favre authored his last great opera against the Birds in Minnesota. Along the way, the superstition-addled Whisenhunt tinkered with everything, changing his routes to work, the hats he wore to practice and, of course, his quarterbacks.

"Nothing has worked," he conceded Wednesday.

Yet it's also fairly clear that the Cardinals are one of many organizations that have hoarded their money in anticipation of a lockout. In 2008, the team's payroll was $122 million. In 2009, it was $117 million.

This season, the singular pursuit of victory seemed to falter. According to numbers given to the Associated Press by the NFL Players Association, 19 of 32 franchises increased their payroll from 2009 to 2010, taking advantage of an uncapped year. Yet the Cardinals' payroll dropped 23 percent from last season, and they have the NFL's third-smallest payroll at $85.3 million.

In the NFL, you get what you pay for. You'd think this organization would've learned that lesson by now.

Reach Bickley at dan.bickley@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-8253. Read his online column at bickley.azcentral.com

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/card...#ixzz17kqVbzqm

(Poor Whiz, he has now realized that Arizona is where NFL head coaches come to die. It's only a matter of time before Whiz joins the legion of former Turdnial coaches. - mesa)

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