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7. Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals

2012 Record: 4-9

Season High Point: Dramatic comeback OT victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 4.

Season Low Point: A 58-0 loss to the Seahawks in Week 14.

Outlook: Whisenhunt’s back-to-back postseason appearances in 2008 and 2009 (including Arizona’s only Super Bowl in franchise history) likely give him a little more breathing room than other coaches in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. But his job isn’t necessarily safe. Whisenhunt arrived in Arizona with the label of an offensive wunderkind and a quarterbacks “guru”. Alas, none of his young quarterbacks — Matt Leinart, Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, or Max Hall — have come close to matching the success of Kurt Warner, the man who led Arizona to their two playoff appearances. Despite a lucrative $100 million contract last August, Larry Fitzgerald’s prime has been wasted on foul quarterback play and anemic offensive output the past two seasons. The Arizona defense — one of the top units in the league — deserves better from the offense, too. I’d be surprised if Whisenhunt’s let go, but that Super Bowl goodwill from a few years ago will be wearing awfully thin if Arizona isn’t much improved in 2013. The current nine-game losing streak is the franchise’s longest since 1944. And trust me, this franchise has seen some bleak years.

Schrager Forecast: 30 percent chance of pink slip. - Peter Schrager (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

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