Arizona have fired defensive coordinator Bill Davis after the franchise experienced their first losing season since Ken Whisenhunt took over as coach in 2007. The Cardinals finished a truly disappointing season with a record that reads 5-11 and right at the foot of the NFC West. When you take into account the fact that this team won the division last year and the year before that too, it seems clear that changes needed to be made after the misery of this season. The NFL odds certainly suggested they’d do much better this season.
It may not end up being the last of the departures at Arizona, with the offense actually faring worse than the defense during the team’s miserable run. The offense ranked 31st out of 32 teams in total offense and it was bottom of the pile in rushing. The defensive statistics don’t exactly make for much more pleasant reading as you may expect if you watched the handful of games in which the defense was nothing short of horrendous, the Cardinals finishing the season 29th out of 32 teams in terms of total defense, and 30th in run defense. Denver and Dallas were the only teams to allow more points than Arizona. Anyone who had placed an NFL bet on the side would have been dismayed by their performance.
It is unclear where the future lies for Davis, with the coordinator boasting a total of 19 years in an NFL coaching position, helping various teams along the way including Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Carolina before becoming the target of, at times, vociferous abuse from Arizona fans, with the defensive coach blamed for the misery witnessed on the field. The fans will now hope that a raft of changes at the franchise allows them to improve their prospects in preparation for the next NFL season.