Ken's Law of Motion

Ken Whisenhunt gives his team an "A" for effort, but wants his Cards head of the class. Heading into the final two games of the season, Arizona does not take the "we'll get 'em next year" mentality. As the Cardinals see it, a team in motion stays in motion.

Too many mistakes and missed opportunities plagued the Cardinals this season, but it is not over yet. The momentum that has been bounced around all season is what Ken Whisenhunt hopes will carry them into next year. His approach is that a pair of wins will start next season off right.

These birds refuse to bury their heads in the sand.

"I don't think anything is going changing as far as who is playing or what we are asking them to do," Whisenhunt said. "I will say this: I think it's important that we have success in these last two games."

A .500 record was not a preseason goal, but the Cardinals would like to finish that way. With the last two games at home, they have a good shot. The Cardinals are 4-2 at home and play two teams with far worse records then theirs. The Atlanta Falcons and the St. Louis Rams are both 3-11.

Pro Bowl Prowl

Whisenhunt will be surprised if Larry Fitzgerald, Darnell Dockett and Karlos Dansby are not among the Pro Bowl select. Whisenhunt thinks the Cardinals' record will be the biggest factor for his deserving players.

This year's competition is stiff, though. Dockett's eight sacks places him at 21st in the league, tied with Greg White of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dansby is tied for thirty-sixth in the league with 88 tackles. He shares that spot with his teammate, Gerald Hayes, and Chad Greenway of the Minnesota Vikings. Dansby also has 3.5 sacks.

Fitzgerald's eight touchdowns barely keep him inside the league's top-20. Fitzgerald's (1,166) receiving yards are good enough to sit in ninth, behind Chad Johnson (1,265). Fitzgerald is on a hot streak, though. Besides the week he missed, Fitzgerald has at least one touchdown in the last five games, an impressive feat after catching just one in the first eight games.

Learning Curve

Of course, the Cardinals' record is not what they think it should be, but Whisenhunt knows that is a tough argument to make.

"Our guys have played hard, not always smart like we would like to be," Whisenhunt said. "That's part of a process -- we're growing and learning. We are going to be better."

Meanwhile, an eager young quarterback sits idly by and waits to take his team to the next level.

Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for Scout.com. She has contributed to the official Web sites of several NFL players for Sixthman Communications.


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