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DC Bill Davis let go

Posted by Darren Urban on January 6, 2011 – 5:54 pm

Ken Whisenhunt has fired defensive coordinator Bill Davis this afternoon. No names on possible replacements, although Whiz did say he will not come from the existing staff nor does he have a timetable. I have more in a homepage story here.


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98 Responses to “DC Bill Davis let go”

  1. By Mr.Dylan on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    finally thank god whiz

  2. By Maria on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Hmmm…only about 15 games too late….better late than never, I guess.

    Now Coach, find a quality DC to replace Davis, and an OC so you can concentrate all your efforts on being a head coach!

  3. By gringotts on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    That’s disappointing.

  4. By JoeVero on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Darren – What would your guess on new DC be?

    Mine is Keith Butler!

  5. By Al on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    YES! im hoping they bring in singletary, but there might be a small chance of that…. i hope we still get him though

  6. By Khardz on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    hoorah!

  7. By John on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    This was an obvious no-brainer. Hopefully he fires himself as OC. That would be a start in the right direction, but from what Ive seen Whiz say, I think next year is only going to be slightly better then this year. More of the same (QB for example).

  8. By Chris on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Its about time!

  9. By DJ on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    wow.. I think a message was just sent right there!

  10. By pwalker on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Thank God!

  11. By ross on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, a lot of people just popped a bottle of champagne.

  12. By TucsonTim on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    1 1/2 seasons too late.

  13. By SteveDCO on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Just want to wish Bill Davis the best. He had some tough years and it is still a buinsess but it is important to remember there are families on the other end and assistant coaches don’t get paid like Head Coaches.

    Will be intresting to watch who they interview for this position. Will be very telling of how the entire offseason will go.

    If they are willing to shell out big money for someone like Butler (my 1st choice) will be a very good sign that they are serious about getting back to NFCW Champs fast.

    And before anyone says hire Mike Singultary….COM’ON MAN!

  14. By TucsonTim on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Now FIRE GRIMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. By TBru on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Well there is a step in the right direction.

    Luck staying in school, OMG what will we talk about now? Maybe we keep DA and go for the number one next year.

  16. By Jesse Robles on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    It’s never easy, but you either be the hunter or you get hunted. Our defense is way to soft for the talent we have. #5 take VON MILLER!! Let’s Go D! Let’s go CARDS!! No Luck baby!! Haha!

  17. By Scott H on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Well, it’s a shame that this is such great news, but…at least it shows that Whiz IS truly recognizing the need for changes for next year AND also recognizing exactly where they were needed most. I can only applaud this move. It’s a shame that it wasn’t done soon enough that Wade Phillips could have perhaps been considered for the job, but…whatever. GREAT MOVE to show that this organization is serious about righting the ship. And GREAT that it was done quickly.

    Darren, I was always fond of Clancy Pendergast and can’t help wondering if his return is a possibility? He’s not still in Kansas City, is he? Was he with a team this season? Are there any coaches / coordinators with any of the teams going into the playoffs that you think the Cards might have in mind?

  18. By TucsonTim on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Josh McDaniels OC, quit whining about how bad you feel and act!

  19. By AndyStandsUp on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    My guess is current Washington Redskins DB coach Bob Slowik or even ‘Skins DL coach Jacob Burney. Both have worked with Whiz and employ the 3-4 defense he desires. Slowik was a long time DC in Denver before being released when Shanahan was fired. Bob’s son is currently on the Cards staff.
    Atlanta’s DB coach Tim Lewis is also a candidate, having worked with Ken, aspiring to be a DC and we know how Whisenhunt likes to hire people he feels comfortable around.

  20. By chris on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    What a day

  21. By BLOOD RED on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Yes!!!Sorry to hear a good guy lost his job,but this is something that needed to be done!We get a solid DC to get all this talent playing up to their potential and the NFL better watch out!Keep on making good moves team ,we trust you and the direction we are rollin.One bad year don’t get us down(at least real card fans).ROCK N ROLL REDBIRDS!!!!

  22. By BARRY on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    its about time to be honest. It could have happened mid-season and we still would be in same spot. Now please get someone with someone with passion!

  23. By Christo on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    2 Years overdue but at least we are looking up for next year.

  24. By DEVILS4LYFE on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Finally. Now go get Singletary.

  25. By Dynosoar on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Bill Davis’s defense scored 6 touchdowns on turnovers. Derek Anderson scored 7 touchdowns as QB. I hope Bill Davis’s replacement will also encourage turnovers and scoring off fumble recoveries and interceptions.

    I once about killed myself cycling forty miles when I was not in shape to do so. After recovery, I was stronger and could ride fifty miles without becoming weary.

    The Cardinals could come back from this season stronger than ever before, just as I did from a forty mile cycling trip. A Super Bowl victory in Indianapolis would be sweet.

  26. By mikeflorio on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    good riddaance! maybe we can get ray lewis as our defensive coordinator, or better than that, mike singletary, herm edwards, bill romanoski, jim mora, tony spanrano?????? lol but it will prolly b one of whiz’s buddies from pittsburg

  27. By J J on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Singletary or Mangini would work out great as DC

  28. By Ericzona on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    No surprise…had to happen

  29. By Bill on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Think we all saw that coming. Cards need to decide in what direction they want to go with their “D’. 3-4 or 4-3. I don’t think they have the LB’s, or even DL for that matter, for a 3-4, yet. But the guys they need for a 4-3 (Watson, Branch) are FA’s.

    John Fox is available … for now.

  30. By Eazy E on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Mangini, Fewell, Butler, just to throw some names out there.

  31. By CalifCard on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to bring someone like Mike Singletary to AZ to run the defense? Those 49er games could have some added intensity and ill-will. I have always liked him, and our defense needs that intensity! Not sure if Whiz would like an ex-Head Coach as an assistant, as many Head Coaches don’t feel comfortable with it.

  32. By OLDude on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Well he WAS the odds on favorite – considering his prolific use of the “prevent” defense and the soft pass coverage, I am happy to have another philosophy get a crack at making the Cards at the very least, a middle of the pack D. !

  33. By KingJM on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Finally! Our defense has so much talent but we haven’t been getting it done. Somebody needs to get our d-line on the right track so we can stop the run next year.

  34. By Chris on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Mr. Bidwell. Please get John Fox

  35. By R Robles on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Great I hope we got somebody good out here Clancy did a good job here it really wasnt his fault when our guys couldnt tackle

  36. By Danny Heksolson on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Well, honestly I saw it coming, but, let me be clear; it has to be just the first of at least three staff moves if Whiz is wise; we need an offensive coordinator! and, a proven defensive coordinator! :)

  37. By Pheenic Cromartie on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Thus starting our Off-season. Good job by Coach Whiz and co. I’m sure Bill Davis can get a job somewhere based on the fact that the Defense was #1 in the Red Zone last season (Not necessarily as a DC, though).

    I’m excited for the cuts/trades/pick-ups to begin! Bring on the Off-season!

  38. By Chuck 1 on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Whiz might have just saved his job.

    If he had not fired Davis, he would have probably been fired himself after another
    disastrous season.
    But, now other coaches should be shown the door.

    And, Andrew Luck is staying at Stanford.

  39. By Chuck 1 on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Let the housecleaning of players begin.
    DA
    Faneca
    Porter
    Hayes
    Haggan
    DRC
    Hall
    ADub
    Doucet

  40. By Haggis Bob on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    We need someone on the same level as Whiz. We have already gone thru 2 DC’s and will continue that path unless someone steps in who is on the same level as coach. I liked Clancy and Bill but I felt they were lower 1st tier or 2nd tier guys. Flashes of greatness on the field or just players making great plays? Look at the support staff Todd Haley has in KC. The better the support for coach, the better he can focus on the game and get us wins! Now wouldn’t that be a spin if Mike Singletary ended up here as the DC. Wow.

  41. By cardsalltheway on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    One down and still waiting for more. After a few more it’ll be okay for Ken W. to “let go” of himself.

  42. By brad oneill on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    sorry mr. davis, hopefully there is a team that needs to shore up redzone defense and maybe has the personal to make a gambling for the takeaway style work.

    His defense had some great moments this year, but after two years of 3rd and long being a gimme down for the opposition it was time for him to go.

    as for replacements- Bill Parcels is looking for a little less responsibility but still wants to be involved with a football team, i know im dreaming but hey that is what fans do.

    how about vic fangio? he has to be sick of those stanford kids by now he has been there a whole year. the guy has a great resume including the hey day of the panthers, some time with the colts, a stop over with the ravens. he seems to specialize in linebackers and since schofield and washington are the future stars of our team i think he might just be the guy.

  43. By drumm-1 on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    thats good now we dont have to listen to this fire davis crap anymore, and so glad Luck is not coming out don’t have to hear we need LUCK,we can’t win if we don’t get Luck,trade the whole team for Luck, please i hope it stops…now it’s going to be be fire Whiz or now we need a oc.. just watch

  44. By cody on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    any chance we get Singletary? it might sound like im just spouting off the most well known name on the market, but it would actually make some sense on our part. our defense is talented, but undisciplined in their play. Singletary is all about discipline, and could turn our defense completely around. not to mention that Washington and Schoffield could learn a thing or 2 from one of the best LBers in NFL history.

  45. By Eliot on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sure Bill Davis is a nice guy, but he really needed to go. Our defense was absolutely pathetic a lot of this season and giving up 40+ points in multiple games is unacceptable.

    I believe we do have the talent to be a solid defense. Hopefully a coaching change will help in that area.

  46. By Ben on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    So when does he fire the OC too… God that play-calling was worse than the DC…

  47. By Brandon LA on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Sad business. Fans don’t make it easier. People like to watch their team win.

    Us Cardinal fans will find that this won’t fix our defensive woes. Whenever we did see our D dominate, they played with fury and confidence. The players are going to have find that within themselves. Maybe getting a new DC will help… Time will tell.

  48. By UC on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    “Saying it was “not something I was planning to do,” Whisenhunt said it had taken a few days to interview players and coaches and review the season before making the decision.”

    For all the ineptitude displayed by King Whiz this season, that this was still his attitude is enough evidence BY ITSELF to prove that the man has NO CLUE how to run this team.

    Even if a new defensive coordinator motivates the defense to play better all season long next year, maybe magically getting them to score an even greater proportion of the team’s points than they did this year, the Cardinals will still do no better than 8-8. Why? Because the same inept offensive coordinator and play caller(s) will be busy screwing up the offense, finding new and imaginative ways to run unsuccessful pass plays on third-and-short.

    Fire King Whiz, Michael Bidwill. The excuses and blaming of others has to stop.

  49. By Gary J on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    First swing of the ax. I think we all seen this coming. I just hope we get a top knotch guy like John Fox and not some lame college coach from who knows where that is cheap. We really need someone that can take charge and demand respect from the players. That guy has to have a real background like John Fox. Did I mention John Fox would look good as our DC.

  50. By AZCARDSFAN on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    This is a good start. The last two years have been horrible. Now start getting rid of the players that don’t want to give 100% or just are not good enough to play in the NFL which there are a few.

  51. By Pat on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Well if he used the terrible stas to relieve the DC, the same stats apply to the offense, so logically he should replace himself as OC. That will be interesting to watch.

  52. By Jeff Gollin on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    A tricky circumstance. The Cardinal defense had its high spots – especially their red zone defense – but also suffered from inconsistency and vulnerability to big plays; a vulnerability that forced them to make big red zone plays in the first place.

    The skill-set for being a successful DC isn’t as simple as first imagined. Among other things, the individual has to be creative with the X’s and O’s; a motivator; a teacher, evaluator and developer of talent; someone who can learn from his mistakes and who hasthe flexibility to make halftime and mid-game adjustments.

    Without being a fly on the wall on the sidelines or at the Cardinal facility, it’s hard to evaluate Davis’s strengths and shortcomings – except to note that the outcomes on the field left something to be desired.

    To me, the litmus test of all Cardinal personnel moves – after what must be considered a weird regular season – should be: “If we had been solid at QB, would we need to make any player or coaching changes anywhere else?”

    Ironically, my answer would be “Yes.” True, our problems at QB were the main reason we failed to achieve our season’s goals, but in pure absolute terms, the defense didn’t deliver to anywhere near its potential.

    I’ve always felt that firing people is grossly overrated. This time, however, I think the move was necessary. With the level of talent on the defensive side of the ball, we need a DC who can sparkle; who can get more out of these guys than we’ve been getting.

  53. By Brad Wheeler on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Yes the Cards Defense allowed a lot of points this year, but a lot of that was because the Offense kept going 3 n out or turning the ball over! How can Whiz fire the DC and not the OC? Yes DC could be upgraded, but OC performed much much worse! I feel for Bill Davis, his D was put in bad situations every week and every now and then it was his D that got us points on the board to get a win, I feel he was getting better. Sure upgrade at DC, but first do something about the OC! Our D is never going to be good if we keep turning the ball over or keep going 3 n out!

  54. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    THANK GOD the replacement will come from OUTSIDE the system. New eyes and ideas are needed for this defense.

  55. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds like the defensive players had a fair amount of influence on Whiz’s decision to fire Davis….

    “Saying it was ‘not something I was planning to do,’ Whisenhunt said it had taken a few days to interview players and coaches and review the season before making the decision.”

  56. By Darthcard on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Billy Davis was not a bad coordinator. A few times I’ve questioned his sometimes passive approach. But the real problem I saw was a lack of substitution. Not in players but play calling. He it seemed never could change it up when the opposition figured out our scheme. Right or wrong I never believe in rushing only 3. Never.

  57. By K-DUB on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    What are our chances of getting John Fox for DC?

  58. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Pendergast

    Clancy is DC for the U of Calif-Berkley.

    And if I recall correctly, he was just has hated as Davis by the fans at the end of his tenure.

    He’s not coming back.

  59. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Cody —

    RE: Singletary

    I haven’t heard great things about him as coach.

  60. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    RE: Fox

    Not even sure that is someone they will look at.

  61. By SteveDCO on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone who is hoping for Clancy or Singultarey needs to stop be sideline coaches.

    Pendegras is a college DC and was loathed in AZ when Whiz let him go. Remeber that drive in the super bowl?

    Singultarey has done nothing to show he can coach. He was a LB coach when SF promoted him to HC. Great players don’t make great coaches.

    Vernon Davis said everyone was scarred to death of Mike S. The team played scarred because the didn’t want to make a mistake.

    Someone said Whiz will bring in one of his boys from Pitt, we can only hope. The Steelers are a great orginization and Keith Butler has long been coveted by many teams to be their DC.

    Keith Butler being hired would be the best thing to happen since hiring Whiz

  62. By Tankman on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    How ’bout Va Tech DC Bud Foster. He is highly regarded as one of the best DCs in the game for several years now. Va Tech always has a strong defense, although it didn’t show against Stanford.

  63. By CardiacCards on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Time to spend some MONEY!!

  64. By Pat on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    Although I know a move had to be made on the staff (and Davis was the fall guy for better or worse), will the Cardinals focus most of their attention on signing legitimate free agents this offseason? Just thinking about last year’s signings: D.A., Porter, Faneca…all guys that will be released this year or not re-signed. I’m especially concerned because of all the UFA’s we have on both the offensive and defensive lines.

  65. By Darthcard on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Darren do you think Rob Ryan would be a possibility for DC? I ask because it seemed like the Bidwills parted ways harsh with the Ryans back in the early 90s. Rob is exactly what this team needs imo. I also feel Pepper Johnson would be great here as well.

  66. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Pat —

    RE: Free agents

    I don’t know what you mean by “legitimate.” If you mean guys like Peppers and Dunta Robinson last offseason, probably not. That hasn’t been their plan. Look at every FA class since Whiz arrived. They don’t chase the upper-tier big-money guys. Don’t believe that will change.

  67. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Darthcard —

    RE: DC

    Like Mangini, interesting names. But I don’t know. You’re assuming Rob Ryan doesn’t get a head coaching job in Carolina.

  68. By hebrew on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Bidwell is going the cheap route again! He should fire Whiz and his entire staff!
    Whiz is living in the past, is very stubborn, and uses stone-aged coaching methods.He wants to hire another ex-Steeler coach as DC.It does not matter what veteran QB what rookie QB they draft. The team will keep stumbling with the incompetent QB coach and offensive coordinator that they have, Besides,if a new OC comes in, Whiz would not let him do his job. Look forward to another wasted season!!!
    I wonder how many more washed up ex-Steelers will be on the roster this season. Woe to all rookies they draft! Whiz do not like to play rookies untill ordered to by the front office!!!

  69. By Peter in Canada on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Going after free agents is not a panacea. Free agents, those who are testing the market tend to be overpaid in return for what they produce (see Rolle, Dansby) . Others may be on the down side of their careers (see Faneca, Porter). Then there are players like Rhodes who fit perfectly. That’s why coaches ad GM’s make the big bucks for separating gold from dross and why they end up fired because it just ain’t that easy.

  70. By Chuck 1 on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    If I recall correctly, the Steelers refused to allow Butler to leave (or, he turned Whiz’s overtures down?).
    And, WRT tp Austin, Florida was 8-5 this year.

  71. By Voice of Reason on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Nolan should be the #1 guy on the radar. He’s been successful everywhere he’s been as a DC, including in the partial season in Denver. Plus, he knows the 49ers personnel well.

    And I have to say this — while I think this move was a good one. The decision process still took too long. Look at the Texans, who scooped up Wade Phillips (who we could have looked at too) early.

    Learn from the mistake of taking too long — get on the phone now and get someone in here.

    In other words, CALL MIKE NOLAN!

    I think Keith Butler would be a good second choice if Nolan is unavailable. Even Singletary might not be bad, but as DC only. The SF defenses were always pretty good under him.

  72. By Voice of Reason on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    And what are we going to do about OC? As Kent Somers so eloquently put it in his article this morning, the offense was terrible. Go get Darrell Bevel (if Frazier decides not to keep him).

  73. By Voice of Reason on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Mangini or McDaniels would be good OC choices too.

  74. By darrel on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Adub and drc. that just makes you stupid to have them on this list

  75. By THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    1) Tim Lewis- I’m going to agree with andystandsup on this one it makes a lot of sense to me.

    2) Keith Butler- possible but unlikely, i’m not saying Lebeau is going to retire anytime soon but the Steelers pride themselves on their defense and they’re going to want someone who can easily transition into that spot in the event Lebeau steps down.

    3) Dick Bumpas- sleeper but a longshot

    The more i think about it, Vince Young in a Cardinals uniform wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

  76. By wayne on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    WHIZ will be new DC, ha ha ha

  77. By Gang6230 on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren what’s ur take on this issue. Did the defense failure all falls on Davis and how much is players not performing do u believe some players hav to go like porter ?

  78. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Voice —

    RE: Nolan

    He has a DC job.

  79. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Voice —

    RE: Mangini

    He’s a defensive guy.

  80. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Gang6230 —

    RE: Davis firing

    I think there was plenty of blame to go around, which includes coaching. I think change is usually necessary after such a poor season. And I think if the defensive players don’t play much better next season, it wouldn’t matter if Bill Belichick was DC.

  81. By brad oneill on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    if the defensive players, played that badly under belichick they would be gone after the second quarter.

  82. By Craig hodge on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    They need to go out an get some big name coorrdinators. This is the frist time ever doing this I have been a fan since 1972 an I love what whis has with the team but I think he let it get personal with Matt an may have set the team back a few years.but as always I will continue to support the team.

  83. By Voice of Reason on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Is Nolan still under contract with the Dolphins? What are the terms? My guess is that it was a one year deal, given the shifting he’s done in the last couple of years. If his contract has expired, he’s available.

    My bad on Mangini — thought sure he and McDaniels coached on the same side of the ball, but I was mistaken.

    So look to him at DC if Nolan is still under contract.

    Any comment on Bevell or McDaniels at OC? It is clear that in today’s NFL, a head coach who calls plays rarely works. And when it does, it is because you have a coach-on-the-field for a quarterback (which, in itself, is rare).

  84. By Voice of Reason on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t like Tim Lewis as a choice. He’s burned out in two opportunities as a DC (including being the only DC in 15 years under Cowher to be fired).

    We just fired a DC who had failed in the same position for another team.

    I want a guy that has a track record of success as a DC (even if his head coaching record isn’t impressive).

  85. By Darren Urban on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Voice —

    RE: Nolan/OC

    The shifting doesn’t mean he’s signing one-year deals. It means he’s being fired or coming to the end of those deals. He is still on Miami’s staff, which is apparently staying put.

    As for an OC, I don’t know what to tell everyone. I’m reporting what looks like is going to happen: No offensive changes.

  86. By cards62 on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Cardinal Fans this now means that we have hope for 2011. The organization is finally making changes for the better. BIll Davis had to go, but everyone knows our offense is even worse than our defense so we must we must make coaching changes on the offensive side of the ball. The 49ers have beat us 4 times in a row and kicked our butts twice this year and they just became a lot better with hiring Jim Harbaugh. Not only a head coach but he will work well with SF QBs.

    I would love a hire of John Fox as defensive coordinator. Who would be better than John Fox?

    Go Cards finally something to build our hopes upon for 2011

  87. By Scott H on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Darren / SteveDCO –

    For the record, I didn’t “hate” Pendergast at the end of his tenure. The drive at the end of the SB was unfortunate ( slight understatement there! ) but look what their defense had done to get them to the SB in the first place!!! In consecutive weeks, they shut down 2 of the 3 best rushing offenses in the NFL ( Atlanta & Carolina ) and I believe they led all teams in the playoff field in takeaways. I guess I don’t remember him being hated…but I didn’t feel that way about him.

    Also, question for you, Steve – in regard to the SB, would you say that the Holmes catch at the end was THE play that decided that game? Because I felt then – and still do – that the play that truly changed the game was Harrison’s 100 yard INT return for a TD to end the first half. Just sayin…Pendergast and his defense had nothing to do with the fact that the Steelers D had obviously done their homework and they were well prepared. OR the fact that none of the 11 players on offense for the Cardinals were able to catch Harrison on a run-back that must have taken about 3 minutes or so…

  88. By Voice of Reason on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, I understand that he may have more than a one year deal, and if that is true, you turn your attention to Eric Mangini.

    It is truly disappointing that Whiz arrogantly believes that, despite our last place offense no change needs to be made to bring in an offensive coordinator (given we don’t have one presently). Don’t get me wrong — I think Whiz is a very good coach. But he is spread too thin. If we can get a vet free agent that is a coordinator-on-the-field like Warner was, it might work (although I’d argue that he was spread too thin in 2009 too). But league wide, history tells us that a coach who also calls plays rarely works.

  89. By Chuck 1 on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Darrel,
    Apparently, you think that DRC had an acceptable year. Watch him doze.
    Re: Adub; The only reasons that he won’t be let go are that he recently signed a long term contract and he is a favorite of the owners, coaching staff and many fans. However, he is over-the-hill and will be burned again next season.

  90. By Chuck 1 on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Why should Butler come to a dysfunctional organization like the Cards?
    He sees the possibility of replacing Dick LeBeau.

  91. By Rory on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Singletary please…

  92. By Christo on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    How can Grimm survive? We haven’t got anything out of the O Line.

    DC – Check
    O Line Coach – Need to remove.
    OC – Need to remove.
    QB – Need to replace.

    Various other positions to upgrade and / or force competition. Our DB’s our LB’s for ie.

    We still have ALOT of work left here Folks.

  93. By Darren Urban on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Chuck 1 —

    RE: DRC

    I think DRC had a poor year, actually. But your plan to just dump a young former Pro Bowl corner after one bad year seems a lot like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

  94. By BLOOD RED on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Oh man!Just had a great thought!RON WOLFLEY as DC!!!LOL. He is a crazy and intelligent man that told me when I was 14 that he liked to hit people so hard snot bubbled from their nose.Now that is a great attitude and something I will never forget!!!A little more of that from the Cards won’t hurt!ROCK N ROLL REDBIRDS!!!

  95. By Chuck 1 on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    OK, I was hasty.
    Just trade him. :)

  96. By SteveDCO on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Scott H —

    I don’t think Clancy lost his job because of the SuperBowl. He wasn’t Whiz’s guy and Whiz had more pull within the orginization to spend some money after the SB run.

    He didn’t like Clancy’s philosphy on D.

    Don’t forget he was out in KC in one year as well and then DC in college.

    On the SB, was strange to watch Fransico last night getting beat for the Colts. Brought back bad memories.

    Like I said from the start. Butler is the hire. If he turns it down becuase he wants to be DC in Pitt so be it, Graves can’t change that. He has turned down Miami already. The rumor is that the Cards are already pursuing him but won’t hear much until after the playoffs.

    If the team doesn’t go after him with some serious money then shame on the Cardinals. In 4 years with 2 different DC, Whiz could start being the next Shanahan. And I really like Coach Whiz.

  97. By john on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    JOHN FOXX!!!!!!! Interview him ASAP!!!!!

  98. By Scott H on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Steve DCO –

    I hear ya. Regardless, it’s a moot point, I suppose. Nice dialogue, though.

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