The Arizona Cardinals have not done many things right in their lackluster history in Arizona, but Sunday they took a step in the right direction by hiring Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach. A guy that for awhile has been regarded as the front runner for the Steelers top job will now get a shot to lead a young group of talented offensive players that could never truly find their stride with former coach Denny Green.
For the past few seasons Whisenhunt has been highly regarded as one of the top offensive minds in the business. The way that he used his trickery in the 2005 playoffs with the Steelers using reverses, double options that allowed wide outs to throw downfield, and pitch backs from a wide out to a QB for a TD pass showed that he had a mind for the modern game that was not afraid to use the talents that he had to the best of their ability.
Now with the Cards, he will have some solid players to tinker with on offense, and much like in Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger, he has a franchise quarterback in Matt Leinart. He has a running back who he should be able to count on for 20-25 carries a game in Edgerrin James, and two stud wide outs in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin that can give defensive backs nightmares. With those weapons, Denny Green was still unable to get the job done, but with a new vision in Whisenhunt, there is excitement in Arizona that he can help this young group turn the corner.
“I think he’s capable of strong and dynamic leadership for this football team,” Cards VP for football operations Rod Graves said, “and that’s what intrigued us.” While the Steelers sat back and waited too long to make a decision on Whisenhunt, he will take the shot and the opportunity with a talented group of young players in Arizona. Here’s betting that he is going to take this group of Cards and fly high to levels they have not been to in sometime.