Win or lose, the Arizona Cardinals are headed to the playoffs. But with losses in four of the last five games, including two straight since clinching a playoff spot in Week 14, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt believes his team is lacking confidence. Whisenhunt said Monday the slumping Cardinals will approach their Week 17 season finale against the Seahawks with a playoff mindset after a blowout 47-7 loss to the Patriots.
“I think that … yesterday we stunk,” said Whisenhunt. “There were a number of factors that were involved with that. I think we need some success in this next game. I do believe that this is the same team that has shown it can play good football and beat anybody in this league. … We’re going to play a playoff game no matter what happens. I think the most important thing for our football team is that we play well and establish confidence this week. I want to win at home.”
Whisenhunt made it clear Monday that he won’t hesitate to replace players who aren’t performing. When asked if he was surprised the Cardinals had not responded the last two weeks, he said he hopes the loss will serve as a wake-up call.
“I think part of it is you work so hard and you focus so much on winning the division,” said Whisenhunt. “With a team that’s not done that before, a young team, that when you achieve that success, the natural tendency is to relax. I think that’s part of it. We can talk about it on the field, we can talk about it in the meeting rooms, but it seems like we have not played like we did before, the lat two weeks.
“I think we have some players who probably think they can turn it on for the playoff game. That’s something we’ve talked about. That’s not something that you can do. We need to play well over the last few weeks, and we haven’t gotten that done. Fortunately we still have an opportunity, and that’s going to be our focus. I think that yesterday, much like the Jets game did, will serve as a wake up call for us.”