Less than a week into the offseason, the Arizona Cardinals are already making changes. Thursday, coach Ken Whisenhunt let his defensive coordinator Bill Davis go after two seasons in the position and four with the team.
This came on the heels of a 5-11 season where the Arizona defense finished ranked 29th in total yards and last in points allowed.
"I have great respect for Billy as a coach and a friend, but when you go 5-11 you're forced to make some tough decisions, and this is one of them," Whisenhunt said.
Davis is the second defensive coordinator to be let go by Whisenhunt since he took over as head coach in 2007. Clancy Pendergast was fired prior to the 2009 season, when Davis was promoted from linebackers coach.
The Cardinals' defense struggled in 2010 with five new starters, including two rookies, and failed to mesh into a productive unit, putting added pressure on an equally inept offense. Several returning players also failed to produce, limiting the unit's ability to carry the team.
Whisenhunt has not ruled out further changes to his staff and is expected to look outside the organization to fill the defensive coordinator position. Initial candidates include Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler and former Arizona secondary coach Teryl Austin who was recently let go as defensive coordinator of the Florida Gators.
Bill Davis Out as Cardinals D-Coordinator
CardinalsSource Top Stories
Player capsule: James SummersLast year, undrafted rookie free agent Elijhaa Penny made a convincing case for a roster spot before ending up on the Cardinals' practice squad. This year, it's East Carolina's…
Player capsule: Brittan GoldenBrittan Golden has been a special teams standout for the Cardinals in the past, but will that be enough for him to hang onto a roster spot in 2017?
Player capsule: Aaron DobsonThe Arizona Cardinals signed free agent wide receiver Aaron Dobson this offseason, who caught 53 passes over the first three years of his career before taking a step backward in…
Player capsule: Jeremy RossThe Arizona Cardinals liked what they saw out of wide receiver Jeremy Ross late last season and Ross has high hopes of sticking with the organization this fall.
Player capsule: Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington is attempting to reshape his career this offseason and transition from his role as a running back to a wide receiver.