Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves Relieved of Duties

Ken Whisenhunt
The Arizona Cardinals have relieved both head coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves of their respective duties.

Graves began his personnel journey with the USFL and the Philadelphia Stars 1982-1983, and spent time in the Chicago Bears personnel department from 1984 to 1996. He’s been GM of the Arizona Cardinals since 2003.

In that time, he drafted WR Anquan Boldin, WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR Steve Breaston, DT Antonio Smith, DT Darnell Dockett, MLB Karlos Dansby, MLB Daryl Washington, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB Patrick Peterson, and DE Calais Campbell. Ultimately, it was he was fired for his inability to find O-line and QB. The Cardinals could promote one of their other personnel men in Steve Keim or Jason Licht (rumored to possibly be the next Browns GM).

Ken Whisenhunt led the team to Super Bowl XLIII, but had lost consecutive games to the San Francisco 49ers by 4, 15, 19, 31 and 16 points each. Arizona beat the 49ers by two points last season, and have lost to them by 21 and 14 points this season. The Cardinals missed the postseason for the third consecutive year. Whisenhunt will be a hot candidate to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers as offensive coordinator if Todd Haley leaves, or possibly to be offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. He may even get head coaching interviews. Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton will be offered an interview for the head coaching job.

One issue to having Ray Horton paired with Norv Turner calling plays is that Norv wants to go somewhere with an established QB. Quarterback Kevin Kolb has looked good to me, but his health issues understandably may concern new head coaches and offensive coordinators.

Now that Ken Whisenhunt, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel, San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner and Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey have been fired, it seems the next two to be relieved of duties will be Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey. Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak is coming back for 2013.

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