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Whisenhunt isn’t thinking about the heat of his seat

Ken Whisenhunt

FILE - This May 11, 2012 file photo shows Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt running a rookies and free agents mini camp, at the Cardinals team facility in Tempe, Ariz. Whisenhunt loves competition, and he likes to put the pressure on just to see how the players respond. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

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Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt made a significant gamble last year, trading a second-round pick and a player who’d been selected with a first-round choice to the Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb.

To date, the move has been a bust.

Still, as the Cardinals try to break a string of consecutive non-winning seasons, Whisenhunt isn’t feeling the heat.

“You know what, I don’t think about that,” Whisenhunt said Monday, per Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “You work on what you can control and preparing your team.”

But Whisenhunt seems to know that, if things don’t change, eventually there will be problems.

“Look, that’s the nature of this business,” Whisenhunt said. “You understand that coming in. It’s not going to change my approach with our players and how we work and how we prepare. I think we can be a playoff team again.”

He’s not incorrect, if the Cardinals can get the quarterback situation under control. If they can’t, the man who will match this season Jim Hanifan as the longest-tenured coach in franchise history with six years on the job (yes, a team that’s been around since 1920 hasn’t had the same coach for more than six years) may not get a seventh.