NFL: Arizona Cardinals fire head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves

Last Updated: 31/12/12 7:57pm

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Ken Whisenhunt: axed by Arizona Cardinals after six seasons as head coach

Ken Whisenhunt: axed by Arizona Cardinals after six seasons as head coach

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Arizona Cardinals have sacked head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves after finishing bottom of the NFC West with a 5-11 record.

The entire offensive coaching staff who worked under Whisenhunt have also been relieved of their duties, while the defensive staff remain in place for the time being.

Whisenhunt compiled a 45-51 regular-season record in six years at the helm, including back-to-back division titles in 2008 and 2009 and defeat to Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII, the franchise's maiden appearance in the season finale.

He had a year left to run on his contract but paid the price for a disastrous finish to this season, the Cards losing 11 of their last 12 games after making a 4-0 start.

Graves rose through the front office after joining the team in 1997 and had been general manager since 2007.

Defensive co-ordinator Ray Horton is expected to be a candidate to replace Whisenhunt.

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