Cardinals fire QB coach Rutledge

The Cardinals might not be familiar with how to deal with winning.

Just days after making their first Super Bowl appearance, the Cardinals continue to make coaching changes. Normally, teams make changes after a non-winning season, not after one of the best seasons in franchise history.

The Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals have fired quarterbacks coach Jeff Rutledge, which comes in the wake of offensive coordinator Todd Haley accepting the Chiefs’ head-coaching job.

The Cardinals are expected to replace Haley from within their coaching staff, which will make for even more future moves. Assistant head coach/offensive line Russ Grimm, receivers coach Mike Miller, running backs coach Maurice Carthon and tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens are considered leading candidates for the offensive coordinator position, according to the newspaper.

The team parted ways with defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast on Saturday, less than a week after its Super Bowl run. Pendergast was hired by Dennis Green in 2004 and stayed on when Whisenhunt took over in 2007.

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