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A look back: Bruce Arians’, Ken Whisenhunt’s tenures with Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, right, talks with San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator and former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt before an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Whoever the Arizona Cardinals decide will be the successor to Bruce Arians has large shoes to fill.

The past two Cardinals coaches, Arians and Ken Whisenhunt, have seen a level of success that’s rarely been achieved in franchise history.

Whisenhunt led the organization to two NFC West titles and its first Super Bowl appearance while Arians produced the first back-to-back-to-back 10-win seasons.

The two make up the last decade of Cardinals football, and Arians’ retirement marks the end of that era.

Here is a closer look at that era.

Ken Whisenhunt
VS.
Bruce Arians
January 7, 2007
Hired
January 17, 2013
December 31, 2012
Fired/Retired
January 1, 2018
2,185
Days on the job
1,810
45-51
Overall Record
49-30
7.5
Average wins per season
9.8
2
NFC West titles
1
2.3
Average NFC West finish
2.2
4-2
Postseason record
1-2
0
AP Coach of the Year awards
1
8
Number of starting quarterbacks
4
2008 – averaged 26.7 ppg (3rd)
Best scoring offense and rank
2015 – averaged 30.6 ppg (2nd)
2009 – allowed 20.3 ppg (14th)
Best scoring defense and rank
2014 – allowed 18.7 ppg (5th)
534
Catches for Larry Fitzgerald during their tenure
470
2008 NFC Championship win over Eagles
Best game
2015 NFC Divisional Playoff win over Packers
Lost 58-0 at Seattle in 2012
Worst loss
Lost 33-0 to Rams in 2017 in London

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