In 2008, Ken Whisenhunt was the toast of all Arizona, after leading their the much maligned Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. He followed up in 2009 by leading the team to back-to-back playoff appearances, an unimaginable feat for many Cardinals fans. However since the retirement of quarterback Kurt Warner before the 2010 season, much of Whisenhunt's shine seems to have faded.
After back-to-back sub .500 seasons, six different starting quarterback's and missed playoff berths, patience seems to be warning thin.
Clearly, the Bidwells, the Cardinals owners, have much more patience with head coaches than many, and there is more than a fair amount of blame to go around. But conventional wisdom has it that unless Whisenhunt can somehow miraculously lead the team back to an 8-8 season -- dropping no more than one more game down the stretch -- then he has to go. One or two more losses therefore, will likely result in Whisenhunt becoming one of the first coaching casualties of 2012.