Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Last Week: Room Temperature
After Week 8: Cool with a win Monday night; Room Temperature with a loss
Monday Night Football should be a stellar matchup between two elite defenses. Whichever defense proves to be more dominant will almost certainly win the game.
Whisenhunt will have to find a way to account for this offense's glaring weakness up front on the line.
After a 4-0 start, the Cardinals have dropped three games in a row.
Whisenhunt has done his best with what's available. However, let us not forget the role he played in creating this lackluster quarterback situation by releasing Matt Leinart, bringing in Kevin Kolb with a big free-agent contract and failing to add any help on the offensive line.
The Cardinals may have a solid defense, but they have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Still, they started the season by beating three teams they had no business competing against, and that is a sign of solid coaching.
Two weeks ago, I said if Whisenhunt were to lose his third straight, his status would be downgraded. Well, that time has come. A win on Monday would restore his Cool status, but a win against the 49ers won't come easy.