Cards, Whisenhunt talking extension

Posted by Darren Urban on February 12, 2010 – 5:27 pm

Kent Somers broke the news today that the Cards and head coach Ken Whisenhunt are in the early stages of talking contract extension for Whisenhunt. It isn’t surprising, given the success of the Cards the past two seasons (23-15, including playoffs, and a Super Bowl appearance). Of course, talks don’t necessarily mean a deal will absolutely get done, but it’s always a good sign. No one is talking about it on the record, again not a surprise given how the team and how Whisenhunt have tended to such matters. Whisenhunt is under contract for 2010 and then there is a team option for the 2011 season. It’s the first piece of an offseason puzzle that will certainly be interesting around this team.

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55 Responses to “Cards, Whisenhunt talking extension”

  1. By Secret on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    It would be very stupid on the ownership’s part to not keep Whisenhunt. I think he gets better as a coach every year that goes by.

  2. By Aaron on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Whiz still has a lot of learning to do as a head coach, but that’s why it’s so vital he gets inked to a new deal; he has accomplished so much despite the many small mistakes and stubborn tendencies. The more he grows as a head coach the more amazing the potential of this team becomes. Get it done!

  3. By Matt on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    i know porter isn’t technically released yet, but when he is, I really think the Cards need to get him. I don’t think he will be that expensive, and he wants to be an every down linebacker, which we need. It should be a perfect fit.

  4. By Eazy E on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Get it done!!!

  5. By EricY on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Whisenhunt is Vital to this team’s future. I hope he is a Cardinal for a very, VERY long time.

  6. By A-Dub on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Like Deon says……PAY THE MAN! ! ! !

  7. By Connor on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    They have to get this done, if not, we will be in the dumps again. I’m not really willing to have Denny Green coaching again lmao

  8. By Bird Brain.. : > on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Whiz has brought leadership and an excellent role model for the players. I have followed the Cards for many years and it’s refreshing to see someone who is not afraid to sit a player if it means it’s better for the TEAM, IE Boldin. There is no room for that in a buisness and now that the players understand no one person is bigger than the TEAM they can move forward as a TEAM. Thanks Coach Whiz for being a professional.

  9. By Dan on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Whiz will get his extension, he the best coach we’ve ever had. We love the Whiz!!!

  10. By Keith on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    I would love see a guy with Porters swagger on our Defense! If we can seriously upgrade our defense this year, I believe it will take pressure off Leinart and give him a chance to thrive.

  11. By B-rad on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    In Whiz we trust. Period.

  12. By Former Steeler Fan on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Whiz is the reason that I quit being a Steeler fan and became a Cardinals fan.

    I believe that, except for the Rooney Rule, he should have become the Steeler’s coach.

    I know. I know. He left the Steelers for the Cards before Tomlin was interviewed. However, I believe that Whiz could see the handwriting on the wall that Dan Rooney was going to “walk the walk” with the Rooney Rule and hire someone else. He also knew that the Cards had a nucleus of players who could make the playoffs with proper coaching.

    Now is the time for the Bidwills and Rod Graves to send a powerful message to the team and community that they will reward outstanding performance.

  13. By Aaron Lone-Eagle on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Smart move, we need to keep Whiz. I believe we are going back to the big game. All we need is consistency. which brings to case in point. Joey Porter. Yes he has attitude. In my opinion that is what the Cardinals need a little bit of, as well as veteran leadership. Now granted Whiz was an offensive coordinator in the steel city, but he knows what makes Porter click, and I have to believe he could control him to an extent. As Matt said, he wants to be an every down player, and that is what we need. And since it looks as though the organization is not going to try to keep Dansby because of the money issue, I think Porter would be a great pick-up, since Porter and Whiz is already familiar with each other, and obviously Bill Davis is running a Steele curtain type of defense. Sounds like a perfect fit to me. What do you think Darren?? Or am I just crazy!!

  14. By darrenurban on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron —

    As I have said before, it will likely depend on the kind of contract Porter seeks.

  15. By blake on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    coach Whisenhunt has been the best thing that has happened to this organization since i have been following the cardinals ( since 1970 ) he is a CLASS act all the way. I cant believe in the 3 years that he has been here he has not gotten more recognition from around the NFL as he has , come on lets face it the Cardinals were ALWAYS perennial losers before he got here even when they hired some supposedly good coaches ( not to take anything away from Denny Greens draft classes ) but no one ever expected us to go to the Super Bowl last year ( except me and almost collected big time in Vegas, damn Steelers ) and almost win
    So if you ask me, i say we need to lock him up to a good long contract as the Arizona Cardinals are finally being viewed as a force around the NFL

  16. By Aaron Lone-Eagle on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply


    Thank you for the quick response. From your experience, what kind of contract do you think he will be looking for? Also do you think if it is within reason, the Cardinals will be willing to pay it. One last question Darren, I understand that with the C.B.A. expiring, incentive pay is out. How does that effect current contracts as well as future contracts, and how may it effect the Cardinals and resigning any of the free agents? I am just curious.

  17. By darrenurban on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron —

    I have no idea what Whisenhunt will be seeking. He has always been careful to keep those issues out of the media. As for the team being willing to pay it, we will see. I am sure they know what the going rate of successful coaches are these days. As for incentives, I don’t think it wipes them out, but I think it limits the number of incentives you can give. That, along with the rule that says salaries can only increase at 30 percent a year, just makes it more complicated to get a big deal done. It forces bigger signing bonuses, something I don’t think most owners are going to embrace.

  18. By g man on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    The best coach in az sports history.Why not a lifetime contract?And they can bring in Joey Porter on D and somehow try to get Mcnabb here to make another run at it.Lets do it!

  19. By Dan on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t want Porter, he bugs me. I don’t like his antics.

  20. By azcardsfan22 on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Daren, how are you, please help me here if you can, why am I hearing all this Dansby stuff, he is so important to this team we cannot let him go…am I wrong on this, how many 3 down linebackers are out there in NFL, like Dansby… him, also forget Porter go get Antonio Pierce he is the perfect linebacker to replace Hayes, I know we need pass rush but I’m not a Joey Porter guy he is a cancer…plus lets not forget Donald Brown who we drafted with 2nd pick last year…..

  21. By darrenurban on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    azcardsfan22 —

    First of all, we drafted Cody Brown, not Donald Brown.

    As for Dansby, he is important to the team, no question. The Cards know this. They thought they had an extension last offseason until Dansby decided he’d rather test free agency. He wants a chance to have all the teams bid for him, unless the Cards just kill him with a money offer and that doesn’t make much sense for the team. Karlos is a three-down linebacker, but is he Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis? How much is fair? The Cards thought they had offered fair, and Dansby disagreed.

  22. By Greg on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Awesome! It will be a first for the Cardinals since moving to AZ – Long term continuity in the coaching staff.

  23. By wampag on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    He and his staff deserve to get paid they did what no other coach has for this team

  24. By Cameron on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    they should give him all the money in the world he deserves it

  25. By darrenurban on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Cameron —

    Always easy to say when it’s not your money.

  26. By Ross on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply


    This is an unrelated question, but I don’t know a better place to ask it. I am reading a lot of articles about the cardinals offseason outlooks and they all seem to mention that Beanie is going to assume the starting role and be the focal point of the offense. How do you see Beanie and Tim’s roles evolving next year? I know its just speculation but I can’t see both not having large roles, close to a 60/40 share. I think Tim is too good to be relegated to “backup” status. Your opinion? Thanks a lot.

  27. By darrenurban on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Ross —

    I agree they both will play a part. But you are right that it is way too early to tell what will happen.

  28. By Fred S on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply


    I was just reading in ESPN the magazine (or the Sporting News, not quite sure which one) and they had their power rankings for the upcoming year. And the ranked the Cards 20th i repeart 20TH!! I know we just lost Warner but we did jusst win back to back division titles and we are one of only a couple teams in recent years to make the playoffs after losing the super bowl. how do the 49ers get ranked ahead of us? and what do the players think about this kind of disrespect?

  29. By darrenurban on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Fred S —

    I think power rankings any time are pretty meaningless and this time of year even moreso. And right now, players don’t care about that stuff. They aren’t thinking football.

  30. By pay dockett and whiz and get another starting qb for matt to battle with on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    i think you need to keep both beanie and tim as sharing starters. in the long run – i see beanie playing a much bigger role. he has power/strength hightower doesnt but hightower still brings something to the table. i think it throws off other d’s. Whiz will use’m both to help the team win but i love watching beanie run – he just puts his head down and crushes people and he’s very young yet..

  31. By Dan on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Dansby will not be a Cardinal and thats too bad. Some of these guys make way too much money but these teams keep signing players to huge contracts. I guess the only way to make it feasible to keep teams together is increase the cap for each team to 500 million….hehe!

  32. By Brian R. on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Like B-Rad said.

    In Whisenhunt we trust.

    Get it done.

  33. By Dan on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, who do you want the Cardinals to draft in the 1st and 2nd Rd? I figure it would be a DE or LB, what players are you hoping the Cards draft?

  34. By darrenurban on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Dan —

    In all honesty, I don’t do “hoping.” I can analyze who is there when we get closer and I can analyze what I believe the needs are, but in the end, people getting paid much more money than me to make those decisions will make those decisions. I’ll sort it out after the fact. I do think they need a pass rusher in the first couple of rounds, but you don’t know what will be available when they draft.

  35. By Peter in Canada on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Blake – I first saw the Cardinals in the mid 50’s. I believe it was Charlie Trippi’s last year and they also featured Ollie Matson and Johnny Olszewski. I believe that Whiz is the best coach the’ve had since then.

  36. By Keith on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    I metioned earlier that i would love to see the CARDS get Porter, but i would be equally happy with Pierce. If we are going to lose Dansby, we need to get another solid,dependable,veteran replacement. Also, I’m thrilled to hear about the organization getting started on Whiz’z extension!

  37. By Chuck Anderson on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Best Head Coach in history of the Cardinals Organization ! Should sign him to a twenty year contract ! Coach Whiz means so much to the Cardinals, we the fans,and the community. He turned this oranization around and brought us Cardinal fans hope and a football team to be proud of ! THANK YOU COACH WHIZ ! WE THE FANS WANT YOU TO STAY HERE FOREVER !

  38. By Scott Hornberger on Feb 14, 2010 | Reply

    Absolutely, get it done!!! Keep this man here for a good long time. Heck, just look around the NFL at all of the teams that never get anywhere because of the coaching carousel that never ends…and then realize that the Cardinals WERE one of those teams for entirely too long! The success this team has had the past few years is the result of three things – excellent drafting, the new stadium, and the hiring of Ken Whisenhunt. I’m a fan of more than 30 years and he is definitely the best coach this team has had during that time. It would be hard for anyone to say he’s not one of the best coaches if the NFL right now. The Cardinals got it right when they hired this guy. They need to keep it right by giving him a new deal, and I’m sure they will.

  39. By Tbru on Feb 14, 2010 | Reply

    Lifetime contract, 20 year contract, blah.

    I do believe the strength of a time lies within the consistency of it’s leadership and securing Coach’s services is a good thing. I am all in favor of extending Wiz and putting a stop to the carousel of coaches that have passed through AZ. That being said I think a coach has to keep his hunger and drive, give him too much or too long and they can get complacent and lazy. And the organization gets stuck with a bad contract. Absolutely get this done now and after a few more successful campaigns extend him again.

  40. By mark on Feb 14, 2010 | Reply

    Miami bloggers on their website of course are speculating about a possible trade for Boldin, and one of which was a third round pick and OB Tyler Thigpen. Now I dont think this would be a bad trade at all. Although unrealisticly a first round pick would be better, but becasue of Boldin’s age and injury risk, I dont think the cards are going to get a better deal than a second rounder. I do think Thigpen has talent which was shown from two years ago when he started 11 games threw for over 2600 yeards 18 touchdowns and 11 picks for a horrible chiefs team all in his second year. And he didnt have the kind of talent the cards have at wide reciever. Now i do feel Leinart should get his shot but if he fails or gets injuried I think Thigpen would do well.

  41. By Cards Fan on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply


    If Whiz gets his deal, do you think he will ever hire another offensive coord? Will he just wait to find the right guy? Or is he content with just doing it himself? I’m assuming he prefers doing it himself, since there has been no search to find a new one?

  42. By darrenurban on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    Cards Fan —

    I don’t know why he would search for one. When he created the current setup, he talked about grooming Mike Miller — the current passing game coordinator — for the job. In the meantime, I don’t see a reason for change.

  43. By Shannon Robinson on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, do the Cards have the option of placing the Transition tag on Dansby – does that accomplish anything?

  44. By darrenurban on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    Shannon —

    They could and it would give them right of first refusal for any offer Karlos gets, but it would also guarantee him a salary of something probably in the $13-$15M range if someone doesn’t sign him. I don’t see it happening.

  45. By Jeff on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    I thought the new direction was not to re-do a salary until the final year of the contract. By resigning Whiz two years early this is a direct contradiction to what the Cards have been telling the players.

  46. By darrenurban on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    Jeff —

    Well, technically, Whiz only has one year left on his contract. The other year is a team option.

  47. By Duane Cards fan in (New Jersey) on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    I think the Cardinals should definitely ink Coach Whiz to a 4-year deal @ minimum. He’s done an excellent job in helping building an identity for the Cards. So many before have tried even though we last made the playoffs with Vince Tobin (which was Buddy’s team) the last Cardinals coach to have any identity might have been Joe Bugel. We are on the right tracjk we just need to resign Whiz, Dansby, trade Boldin and try and lure a Joey Porter or a Julius Peppers to strengthen our D.

  48. By alex u on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    We need to get Whiz a long-term deal for sure, great coach, but besides Whisenhunt, i want Graves to re-sign Dansby and Breaston ASAP. Boldin can wait until March 5th, depending on what Graves decides to do with him essentially, but that’s why we need to sign Breaston. Just realized how tiring this off-season will be for Graves. I’m not worried though Graves is the man!

  49. By alex u on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    About what Duane said, i agree with what you said about Signing a Porter or Peppers, though i think Peppers is out of the question, i don’t think he’ll fit out 3-4 defense, i don’t care how badly Dockett wants to play besides Peppers, i think Porter is a better fit, but who knows. But yeah i agree with that, what Cardinal fan doesn’t. But trading Q? we didn’t get any good offers last year for him and last year he made the pro-bowl. Offers obviously wont get any better this year only worse. He is an amazing WR, top 5 when healthy, so definitally keep him, since it’s an uncapped year starting March 5th, Graves give Q the money!

  50. By K-DUB on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    PAY THAT MAN!!!!

  51. By Bonnie Harrison on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    The minute I layed eyes on Whiz I knew he was the kind of person that would be good for the Cardinals. I just felt that. I watch him on the field before games and I swear, the hand shakes with the players really touches my heart. Pay the man and I hope he never leaves. I would like to take Whiz to work day. Just like Hightower had a day with a student. I love you Whiz. Bonnie Harrison

  52. By William on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    Connor –

    Thankfully, Dennis Green is coaching UFL now 🙂

  53. By Scott Hornberger on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, Duane, where in New Jersey are you??? I thought I was the Garden state’s only Cardinals fan! I’m from Marlton, not too far across the bridge from Philly. Not that this matters much these days, but I thought your opinion that Vince Tobin won in the playoffs but with Buddy’s team was interesting…and I couldn’t disagree more! I remember Buddy’s teams in Arizona being laced with over-the-hill ex-Eagles and Dave Kreig at QB. Ugh. Those teams weren’t getting anywhere near the playoffs. Tobin’s team was much more talented, more disciplined, and smarter. And even with all of that, they still needed the heroics of Jake Plummer to squeak into the post-season that year and a miraculous 52-yard Chris Jacke field goal.

  54. By joe c on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Keep him we need him we never had a coach like him EVER I think the wizz will take us to the promise land soon the Qis can linert

  55. By fear710 on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    lots of good free agents cards should RB like LT AND WESTBOOK BOTH FREE AGENTS THEY BOTH GOT RELEASED

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