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                  === Cardinals fire Whisenhunt, GM Graves ===
 
 Tempe,  AZ (Sports  Network)  - The  Arizona Cardinals  fired  head coach  Ken
 Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves on Monday.
 
 The  Cardinals, who started  the 2012 season with a 4-0 mark, lost 11 of their
 final 12 games to end with a 5-11 record.
 
 Whisenhunt  went 45-51  in six seasons with the Cardinals after being hired in
 2007.  He led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl after the 2008 season, losing to
 the Steelers, and a playoff appearance in 2009.
 
 Things  went downhill  from there for Arizona, which compiled two 5-11 seasons
 around  an 8-8 mark  in 2011. The main reason for the struggles was the team's
 inability to find a franchise quarterback  after Kurt Warner retired following
 the 2009 season.
 
 The  Cardinals  sent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round
 pick  to  the Eagles in  2011 for quarterback Kevin  Kolb. Arizona gave Kolb a
 five-year deal.
 
 However, Kolb was inconsistent on the field and dealt with many injuries since
 arriving in Arizona.
 
 In 2012, the Cardinals ended up using four quarterbacks -- Kolb, John Skelton,
 Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer.
 
 "Coaching  the Cardinals has been an incredible and rewarding experience and I
 will  always  be grateful to  Mr. Bidwill, Michael and  Rod for giving me that
 opportunity  back in 2007," Whisenhunt said in a statement. "I'm very proud of
 what  we  as  a  team  and  as an  organization  achieved  during  that  time.
 Collectively  we  accomplished some  very  special  and unprecedented  things.
 That's a testament to the dedication, hard work and talent of so many coaches,
 players and people throughout the organization.
 
 "But  we all  understand this  business and  when you  don't win  enough games
 changes are made. That doesn't mean it's easy but you definitely don't have to
 look far to find people that have it much worse.
 
 "I  want  to especially thank  Cardinals fans who treated  my family and me so
 well and made our time in Arizona so special.
 
 "While this chapter ends for us, we are hopeful that the ones ahead of us will
 be as enriching as this one has been."
 
 Graves,  who has  been with the franchise since 1997, led the team's personnel
 department from 2003 through 2012.
 
 In   addition,   the  Cardinals   got  rid  of   Russ  Grimm  (assistant  head
 coach/offensive   line),  Mike  Miller  (offensive  coordinator),  Chad  Grimm
 (offensive  quality  control), John  McNulty (quarterbacks), Frank Reich (wide
 receivers), and Tommie Robinson (running backs).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 12/31 16:21:55 ET