TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals president Michael Bidwill says Ken Whisenhunt will remain the coach for the rest of the season.
“I don’t intend to make any decisions based on emotion,” Bidwill told a small group of reporters at the Cardinals’ practice complex late Monday afternoon in his first public comments on the topic. “Yesterday’s loss was extremely disappointing — unacceptable. It’s extremely hard to watch. I know we can do better.”
The Cardinals’ 58-0 loss in Seattle on Sunday was the worst loss in franchise history and extended the club’s losing streak to nine games, the longest such skid since 1944. But Bidwill said his evaluations will not be colored inordinately by that performance.
“I’ve been evaluating things as they’ve been going on all along,” he said. “I expect to continue to do that and want to have the ability to look at a complete set of facts as I evaluate what went wrong and what went right.
“I also want to make sure that as we look at things moving forward, I want to make sure people understand that we want to do what’s in the best interest of the team, and that means getting ready for each game, week in, week out.”
Bidwill said that his offseason evaluations will look at every level of the organization, top to bottom. He believes some distance from the season will help his objectivity by “having a chance to evaluate away from the week-in, week-out preparation.”
When asked what he feels has gone wrong during the Cardinals’ nine-game losing streak, Bidwill didn’t pinpoint one issue.
“I think when you’ve lost nine in a row, there’s plenty of responsibility to spread around,” he said. “Obviously injuries have been a factor, but I think even with that, we expected a much different season than what we’ve got going on right now.”
Bidwill denied that money will be a factor in his decision, but Whisenhunt is due about $5.5 million next year, the final year of his contract.
In other news, the Cardinals claimed QB Brian Hoyer off waivers. He was with Pittsburgh until the Steelers waived him on Saturday. The fourth-year pro played three prior seasons with New England, appearing in eight games and completing 27 of 43 passes (62.8 percent) for 286 yards, a TD and an interception.
To make room for Hoyer, the Cardinals placed injured center Rich Ohrnberger (knee) on IR, ending his season.