Cardinals want to extend Whisenhunt’s contract

The Cardinals are working on a contract extension for coach Ken Whisenhunt, sources told the Arizona Republic on Friday.

Neither the Cardinals (because of team policy) nor the coach’s agent would confirm the report. Whisenhunt’s current deal ends in 2011.

Whisenhunt is coming off a successful two-year run with the Cardinals, leading the team to back-to-back playoff appearances, including its first Super Bowl. The franchise hadn’t reached the playoffs in consecutive years since Don Coryell led the then-St. Louis Cardinals to berths in 1974 and 1975.

Whisenhunt is 4-2 in playoff games, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champions both times (Steelers in 2008, Saints in 2009). The Cardinals had won one playoff game since 1947 before Whisenhunt became coach.

The Cardinals will be a bit different in 2010 following the retirement of QB Kurt Warner.

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