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Ken Whisenhunt Fired: Arizona Cardinals Dump Coach After Six Seasons

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 Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals looks on in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals looks on in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have fired coach Ken Whisenhunt after six seasons that included the long-suffering franchise's only Super Bowl appearance.

The team also ousted general manager Rod Graves, who had been with the franchise for 16 years. He'd been general manager since 2007.

The housecleaning by Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, son of team owner Bill Bidwill, followed a season that saw the team start 4-0 but lose 11 of its last 12 to finish 5-11.

The 50-year-old Whisenhunt had more wins than any other coach in Cardinals history, going 45-51, 4-2 in the playoffs. He had a year worth about $5.5 million left on his contract.

Of the team's three winning seasons the past 28 years, two came with Whisenhunt as coach.

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