Up until this Sunday, I was willing to give the Arizona Cardinals the benefit of the doubt — and simply say that the core of the offensive woes is the lack of an offensive line and an NFL caliber quarterback. With improvements in those two areas, I believed that the Cardinals might be able to right the ship with the rest of the offensive team and the coaching staff relatively intact.
After Sunday’s pathetic performance, I think something more dramatic has to happen. I think the Cardinals need to clean house on their coaching staff after the season, and get rid of Coach Ken Whisenhunt, Russ Grimm, and the entire offensive coaching squad. Give the head coaching job to Ray Horton and hand him the keys (he is going to be wooed by other teams and probably going to leave anyway, so why not strike pre-emptively and offer him the job?). Let him choose an offensive coaching staff that he trusts and that he feels can turn things around. He already has earned the respect of the Cardinals fine defensive unit. Let’s see what he can do running the entire team.