Whisenhunt, Graves out in Arizona

Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves are out in Arizona as the announcement of their firings came shortly before noon.

Both were rumored to be on the hot seat following a hot start that saw the team skid to a 5-11 finish on the season.

In addition, the Arizona Cardinals let go the following assistant coaches, 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).

Rod Graves issued this statement through Cardinals Media Relations:

I am very grateful to Michael Bidwill, to his family, to the players and to the staff of the Arizona Cardinals for the opportunity to serve the organization. Working with talented others to build and enhance our brand over the past 16 years has been an awesome and totally enriching experience. It has been the opportunity that others only dream of. Every day I came to work I viewed it as the ultimate privilege and never once lost sight of that. My time with the Cardinals has ended but the organization and the people in it will always have a special place within me.

Ken Whisenhunt issued this statement through Cardinals Media Relations:
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.

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.