Honestly, since it's the Arizona Cardinals, owned by ultimate loser Bill
Bidwell, I'd be just as happy if they kept Denny Green as their coach, but that
was not the case as the Cardinals fired Green after 3 years of losing seasons
following what seems like decades of earlier losing seasons...
The Cardinals have been on my hated list for years. They got there back
in the 70's when they were competition for my beloved Washington Redskins.
They remained there in a seeming permanent manner once their owner blew the
opportunity to move his team to Baltimore and instead choose to take the
Cardinals from St. Louis to Arizona.
Bidwell was being romanced by both Phoenix, Arizona and Baltimore, Maryland
over the possibility of moving his team from St. Louis, which he was definitely
leaving. After years of being not quite good enough to compete against the
elite teams in the NFL (back in the non-salary cap error), the lack of spending
to field a competitive team resulted in years of dwindling crowds to the point
that it became a seemingly never-ending cycle of losing that also resulted in
dwindling crowds and less money to spend on the team.
Baltimore held a potential pot of riches for Bidwell if he'd brought his team
there, but instead he moved to the warmth of Pheonix, Arizona and took the
offering put forth by that city. With that done Bidwell moved to a status
of perpetually hated. Well, maybe not hated, but certainly scorned and
Anyway, Bidwell's luck (along with his team's) has continued to be bad.
The crowds in Arizona soon grew disenchanted with the losing team and
stopped showing up. If not for additional threats of moving the team
elsewhere, there'd be no new stadium. Eventually there was a new stadium,
but the losing has continued. Perhaps because of coaching, perhaps because
of personnel, perhaps because of mis-management -- more likely a combination of
all of the above.
The Cardinals put their faith in a quarterback that has never quite panned
out (Jake Plummer), and experienced several years of being not quite good enough
with him. They've done poorly in their drafting and never been a team that
has attracted free agents (probably because they don't spend enough to really be
competitive against other teams that try to attract free agents). And they
have done poorly in the coaching.
When they've seemingly been on the way to turning around their team they've
been too impatient and cast off coaches that were starting to make some progress
with the team (look up Joe Bugel's record with the team as an example).
At the last opportunity to put a decent coach at the helm, the team choose to
offer the job to a somewhat proven loser in the form of Denny Green. Green
had helmed the Minnesota Vikings prior to Mike Tice and had gotten them to a
level of mediocrity that was just good enough to get into the playoffs, but not
good enough to go far once there. The team lacked discipline, and never
seemed to buy into the requisite team concept that was required to get
When he took the job in Arizona there was some hope that perhaps he'd make
some headway there, but most realists already knew he wasn't going to be
able to turn them from the losers they were into a very competitive team.
That has proven to be the case still. Even with some relatively decent
moves in the draft, they've not been able to get enough of a winning culture and
team concept into effect and they seem destined to continue their losing
ways. Players still seem to want to avoid the team, and those that are
drafted by the team wind up leaving as soon as their contracts are up.
Until Bidwell gives up control of the team, or hires smarter people to run
the team, he's likely to keep fielding a loser. He also needs to change
the teams reputation enough to get players to want to come play there.
Most likely by spending more freely so that players will want to take the
Will things ever change there? I don't know. I had thought that
the Cincinatti Bengals were going to remain perennial losers but they seemed to
have turned things around a bit once they brought in (the very underrated)
Marvin Lewis as a coach. Once they did, they became a much better team
though they continue to have some issues that are perhaps keeping them back from
the potential they could reach.
Just my $0.02 on the news here: Cardinals sack Green after three losing seasons