Ten weeks ago Cardinals fans were optimistic about the season and the renewed chance of being a championship contender. Now jump to today. A 1-5 start to the season has fans reaching for the panic button. Their distress calls are calling for a change. Or more accurately Ken Whisenhunt’s head on a stick.
I agree with the sentiment of change, but Coach Whisenhunt is not solely responsible for the way the season has progressed. Personnel and coaching changes, along with an abridged off season, have resulted in a very disappointing start. Since getting to the Super Bowl, this team has been a revolving door for offensive and defensive coordinators. Ray Horton and Mike Miller are the third set of coordinators during Whisenthunt’s tenure. Horton is the first coordinator to be hired from outside the organization. A former member of the Steelers organization, his 3-4 defensive strategies have not been adapted to as quickly as he would have liked. This has lead to a very vanilla defense up until last week.
The Cardinals were on of the more active teams this off season in trades and free agent signings. The highlight was the acquisition of quarterback Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles for a second round draft pick in the 2012 draft and pro bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. We all know you can’t win in this league without a legitimate quarterback behind center. Just take a look at the Indianapolis Colts without Peyton Manning for example. Kolb hasn’t been exactly perfect this season as a starter and the fans have jumped his case early. Kurt Warner was heard saying a few weeks ago that it can take up 40 games for a quarterback to fully grasp the offense and to be productive. So only time will tell if Kolb works out.