Less than 24 hours after the Arizona Cardinals fired their head coach, the team was ready to appoint his successor, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid. Or at least, that is if the ubiquitous NFL "sources" and "insiders" are to be believed.
The rumors initially began to roll when Tim Ring of KYVK-TV tweeted "I am reporting the Cardinals are very close to a deal with Andy Reid to become the team's next head coach." He later followed up by adding "Reid follow-up: I am told by a league source that the Cardinals deal with Andy Reid is "all but done"." He later replied to a question confirming that his sources said Tom Heckert would form be part of a package deal with Reid.
It has been another season many in the Arizona Cardinals organization would prefer to forget. In many ways, the team's final loss of 2012 mirrored the entirety of their season—early promise on defense masking the teams offensive ineptitude, before the wheels finally come off as the game and season dragged on.
Their to say that their 5-11 record is about right, though a huge disappointment for a defense with as many positives as the Cardinals, is in fact generous for a team who started four different quarterbacks, and failed to get Larry Fitzgerald more than 800 yards for the first time since his rookie season. To put things in perspective, even with Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton at quarterback in 2010, Fitzgerald was able to post 1,137.
Though the season may be over, the fallout is only just beginning. In the coming days and weeks, the Cardinals have no shortage of tough decisions to make, but all of those start now, with the dreaded black Monday, and the inevitable coaching and front office changes which follow.
It took two pick-sixes, and another interception returned to the three yard line, a muffed punt recovered at the 5-yard line and an inspired 31-yard touchdown run by Beanie Wells, but the Arizona Cardinals finally snapped their nine-game losing streak against a Detroit Lions team in the middle of their own nightmare season.
Just a week after being demolished against Seattle, in a game where it seemed the Cardinals couldn't get a single lucky bounce, the Cardinals managed to turn around their fortunes, and caught no end of lucky breaks themselves.
Arizona Cardinals News: President Michael Bidwell Has Difficult Decisions To Make Regarding NFL Draft And Ken Whisenhunt
Michael Bidwell is not an overly vocal NFL president. However, a nine-game slide, and a humiliating 58-0 loss to the Cardinals divisional rival Seattle Seahawks was apparently too much to much to ignore and he was finally forced to break his silence.
In his first interview on the subject of the Cardinals recent run of poor form, Bidwell committed to a "top down" review, but insisted that decisions would not be rushed, and that major staff changes would not come before the end of the season.
He admitted that he understood that fans have been "living and dying with each one of these losses," but added that there was "lot of emotion around [the Seahawks loss] but [the front office] don't intend to make any decisions based on emotion."
Arizona Cardinals Must Act Decisively, Fire Ken Whisenhunt Following Humiliating Loss To New York Jets.
There is no question that it was a bad day at the office for Arizona Cardinals Ken Whisenhunt during his teams humiliating 7-loss to the New York Jets Sunday afternoon. It's certainly not the first time that the Cardinals have struggled under Whisenhunt. The question remains, however, whether it will be his last.
Without a doubt, in recent years, Whisenhunt has brought a level of credibility to a Cardinals franchise which has traditionally been the perennial laughing stock of the NFL. But their now eight game losing streak may just be the proverbial straw which breaks the camels back. History often counts for a lot in the NFL but the sad reality is that when it comes to continuing employment for head coaches, current form is all that matters.
The Cardinals playoff hopes are now effectively nonexistent, and continuing improvements in St. Louis and Seattle mean a last place NFC West finish seems more assured with each passing week.