Pendergast out in Arizona as defensive coordinator

In an abrupt change of direction, the Cardinals have parted ways with defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. NFL Network’s Adam Schefter confirms earlier reports that the Cardinals let Pendergast go this week, several days after a last-minute loss to the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.

The move means the Cardinals will enter next season with two new coordinators — offensive coordinator Todd Haley was named head coach of the Chiefs on Friday.

Pendergast just completed his fifth season as defensive coordinator with the Cardinals. Arizona ranked 19th in total defense (331.5 yards per game) during the regular season and 28th overall in scoring defense (26.6 points per game).

NFL senior writer Steve Wyche blogs that Pittsburgh linebackers coach Keith Butler could be a candidate to replace Pendergast.

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