Remember when the Cardinals made their Super Bowl run? The players had a playoff mantra in the locker room – "Shock the World."
Now, remember head coach Ken Whisenhunt? Well, on Tuesday, Coach Whiz managed to make headlines again by choosing the Tennessee Titans over the Detroit Lions.
"I felt great about Ruston, about that working relationship, and I have tremendous confidence in Mr. (Tommy) Smith and he wants to win," Whisenhunt said of the Titans' president and chief executive officer after becoming the 17th head coach in franchise history. "And I'm excited about that."
ESPN.com reported the Titans offered Whisenhunt $1 million more per year than the Detroit Lions.
In six seasons in Arizona, Whisenhunt not only led the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl berth, but consecutive NFC West titles in 2008 and 2009, and his offense in 2008 ranked fourth in the NFL.
Whisenhunt cited his familiarity with Nashville considering he started his coaching career with Vanderbilt in 1995 prior to leaving for the NFL in 1997.
Tennessee is coming off a 7-9 record and is 36-44 over the past five seasons since the Titans' last playoff appearance.
And, on Fox Sports 1, former Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart was asked how Whisenhunt fits with the Titans? In short, Leinart's comments were not flattering.
"I don't think it's a great fit," Leinart said on-air. "And I don't think it's great timing and here's why: You look at his tenure in Arizona, only two years he had success and in those two years Kurt Warner ran that football team."
"I was a part of it. Literally, every single Monday, Kurt Warner would come in and implement 20 to 30 new plays – every single Monday," said Leinart, the Cards former 2006 first round draft choice. "(Kurt) would say, ‘I want these in my game plan.' We became a spread offense, we became Kurt Warner's offense."
"Kurt Warner retires. They go 5-11 twice and they go 8-8," said Leinart.