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Total Lack of Production, But No Staff Changes Ahead

Speculation has started to swirl in Arizona regarding possible staff changes as the Cardinals' hopes of winning a third straight division title took a disastrous hit after yesterday's loss to Seattle

Arizona continues to regress in the worst season since Ken Whisenhunt took over in 2007.  It’s getting worse by the week.  Among other disgruntled rumblings, a buzz rose almost immediately after yesterday’s loss regarding possible staff changes.  Defensive coordinator Bill Davis‘ name was at the top of the list.  In addition, there’s concern that not having an offensive coordinator is hampering the Cardinals’ on offense.  As of now, quarterbacks coach Chris Miller doubles as the “passing game coordinator, while offensive line coach Russ Grimm serves as the “running game coordinator.”  Ken Whisenhunt has taken over play calling duty this year for the second time since he arrived in Arizona.  On Monday morning, the head coach made it clear that no changes in the staff are coming in the near future, if ever.

I really haven’t [considered staff changes].  Our guys have been working very hard.  They feel as bad as everyone.  We have a competitive staff that have shown they can do a great job.  I don’t believe in [firing staff], especially not in-season.  We are going to continue to try and put our players in position to be successful.

Despite Whisehunt’s call to consistency, it’s hard to imagine that someone won’t be out out of job when the season’s over.  It won’t be Whisenhunt, who along with GM Rod Graves, signed a 3-year extension this off-season.

A change is clearly needed in Arizona.  Check out these numbers.  The Cardinals  have the second worst overall offense in the league.  They rank 23rd in points per game (19.4), 31st in yards per game (263.9), 30th in passing yards per game (181.2), and 29th in rushing yards per game (82.7).  They are tied for the league high in fumbles with 22.  They are 30th in the NFL in third down percentage (29%).  Further, they lead the league in sacks allowed with 33.  Finally, their 13 offensive touchdowns is good for a tie with the Washington Redskins at 31st in the NFL.  Only the Carolina Panthers have fewer.

Defensively, the Cardinals rank last in points allowed per game (29.0), 31st in yards allowed per game (401.8), 27th in passing yards allowed per game (269.3), and 27th in rushing yards allowed per game (132.4).

To summarize, Arizona has been little more than a doormat this season.  Numbers don’t lie, but despite the obvious, Ken Whisenhunt doesn’t think any changes in the coaching staff are warranted.  It’s a head-scratcher to be sure.  We’ll see if that remains true at the end of the season.

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2 Responses to “Total Lack of Production, But No Staff Changes Ahead”

  1. Tony says:

    Looking through the numbers,it looks like we suck all the way around:(

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