NFL: Arizona Cardinals fire head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves
Last Updated: 31/12/12 7:57pm
Ken Whisenhunt: axed by Arizona Cardinals after six seasons as head coach
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.