Arizona Cardinals: Did You Ever Think Its The Coach?

Nathan DouthittContributor IApril 11, 2010

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 3: Head coach Ken Wisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the NFL preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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In Dennis Green's coaching career with the Arizona Cardinals, he had a 16-32 record. The Cardinals fired him after his failure to bring the Cardinals to a winning season. In 2007, the Arizona Cardinals hired a coach who was previously the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers when they had reached and won Superbowl XL.

His first year as the Head Coach of the laughable Arizona Cardinals, gave them a 8-8 record. This record was only two games behind the NFC West leading Seattle Seahawks.

2008 Recap:

The next season Ken Whisenhunt improved the record by one game, but that was not the only thing he improved. He brought the Cardinals into the playoffs, something that had not been done since the season of 1998. With the world expecting a wild card round loss, the Cardinals beat the Falcons 30-24.

The Arizona Cardinals blew out the 12-4 Carolina Panthers at their own stadium (Carolina Panthers had a 8-0 record at home during the regular season). The following game they faced the 9-6-1 Eagles at the Cardinals home turf in the NFC Conference Championship. The Cardinals shocked the world by defeating the Eagles and heading to the franchises first Superbowl appearance.

The Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Superbowl XLIII 27-23.

2009 Recap:

The NFC West and NFC champions had to defend their title in the 2009 season. The started off 1-2 before their bye week, and finished the season 10-6 (Also never lost more than one game in a row).

They were NFC West divisional champions once again, but after a win in OT against the Packers in the Wild-Card round, they couldn't beat the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round.

My Opinion:

This team had Kurt Warner back in 2005. The Cardinals were 5-11 that season. The moment Ken Wisenhunt steps in the picture, the Cardinals started winning. With Kurt Warner leaving along with Karlos Dansby, Antrel Rolle, and Anquan Boldin the team seems to be heading to a losing season.

I personally believe that this team will be capable of another winning season under Coach Ken Whisenhunt.He is the main reason for this teams recent success rather than the players. Have you ever thought that it was the coach who brought this team success? If not, you might want to think about it, but this coming 2010 season will be the true test for both Ken Whisenhunt and Matt Lienart regardless.