Ken Whisenhunt's Cardinals stumble into an abyss

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Around the League Writer
  • Updated: Dec. 10, 2012 at 01:57 p.m.

How do the Arizona Cardinals explain 58-0?
Following a defeat that flaunted the team's hundreds of weaknesses out in the open, Ken Whisenhunt could only apologize.
Whisenhunt is under contract through next season, but the ugliest loss in franchise history has a way of clouding the path ahead. The Cardinals aren't a knee-jerk organization, however, and there are no indications Whisenhunt -- the only coach to take Arizona to a Super Bowl -- will be let go before or even after the season ends.
The Cardinals have skidded off the rails. Hard.
Arizona was once 4-0, fresh off wins over the Seahawks and New England Patriots. Whisenhunt's team had won 11 of 13 dating back to last year before ripping off nine straight losses. That tumble links directly to the lack of good quarterback play, or, more specifically, to the abundance of terrible quarterback play.
"I don't know what will be available in the draft and free agency, but you have to look at all options," Whisenhunt acknowledged Monday, via Mike Jurecki of XTRA-AM.
In what has become a ponderous storyline for anyone still paying attention to this team, Whisenhunt acknowledged Sunday he still isn't clear who will start under center this week. When Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic pressed him on the question, Whisenhunt asked: "Do you play?"
It elicited a chuckle, but the laughter in Arizona is fading fast. Just like the Cardinals.