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Cardinals fire G.M. Rod Graves, coach Ken Whisenhunt

Rod Graves, Ken Whisenhunt

Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves, right, and coach Ken Whisenhunt talks about the re-signing of Kurt Warner to the NFL football team, Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Tempe, Ariz. The 37-year-old Warner agreed to a two-year, $23 million contract that includes a $15 million signing bonus. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

AP

Arizona Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt have been fired.

Graves, who has been with the franchise since 1997, was fired today, and Whisenhunt was fired as well, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The Cardinals have plenty of talent on defense and one of the game’s best playmakers at wide receiver, but in the end this move mostly comes down to the inability of Graves and Whisenhunt to find a competent starting quarterback. The disastrous decision to trade for Kevin Kolb and give him a lucrative new contract, and the team’s inability to land anyone better, has sealed the fate of Graves.

Now the Cardinals will look for a new coach and a new G.M. -- and those men will need to find a new quarterback.