A league source told ESPN insider Adam Schefter that Ken Whisenhunt will not be returning as head coach for the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals finished just 5-11 after starting the year 4-0 which means the Cardinals finished the season with a 1-11 record. This comes as no surprise to most fans, but I figured the Cardinals would review all of their options before making a decision on whether or not to fire him.
What does this mean?
The Cardinals already have somebody in mind they want to sign. The front office realized they need to open their options all the way so they can get in on the Andy Reid sweepstakes. The coach was also fired on Monday after finishing the season 4-12. Reid is also rumored to be getting a crew together so he can get a head coaching job next season.
In my opinion, Reid should wait a year before he becomes head coach again, but he must have heard something about a job that he feels he can succeed at. The man with the mustache turned the Philadelphia Eagles into a powerhouse over the past decade or so while leading his team to four NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance.
For the Cardinals, Reid is the best option. He comes in with an offensive genius that only an old warhorse like himself would have. He has coached Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick. Both of whom have been successful for more than a few seasons under the big man.
The Cardinals made the decision to fire Whisenhunt so they can pull the trigger early on a new coach. They want his replacement to come in and be able to prepare for the draft with enough time to make an educated decision on who they will go with to best help the Cardinals. The fact is the Cardinals do need help. Who will be the next head coach to try to save this franchise?
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