The Cardinals are now 4-8, and set to miss the Playoffs for the third year in a row.
Once again, they have quite a few unanswered questions. The ROTB Writing Staff took their shot at answering three of these.
Don't forget to answer the questions yourself in the comments below!
1) Do you think Coach Whinsenhunt should be fired before the season ends? If so, who do you think should be his replacement?
Tyler Nickel: Not before the end of the season. There's really no point in making a move like that now. But at the end of it, possibly so. These last 4 games are crucial. If he is replaced, Ray Horton would make a stellar candidate.
Alex Mann: Not before. But his actions and statements of late are questioning so I'd cut him loose after the season. The fact that there are internal discussion regarding Horton could be an indication that he is the front runner. But I would expect the team to look around too.
Cdeveau: With four games left, the season is already over for the Cardinals. The best they can do is win out and make .500. That being said, with four games left, they shouldn't make any personnel decisions until after the season. After the season, certainly. As other team will have made moves as well. Who should be considered for candidacy? Horton runs a great defense, will that make him a great HC?
Jess Root: If it becomes evident that the locker room is lost and that there are more problems that pop up, then you make the move and you give Horton a tryout as head coach.
At this point in the season, with the Playoffs a lost cause, do you think the Cardinals should play for pride, or go for the high draft pick?
Tyler Nickel: They'll end up playing for pride, but I'd love to see them go for the higher pick. What is a win or two going to do at this point anyhow? Luckily, I think the Cards lose out either way.
Alex Mann: Pride. Although I think Whisenhunt has high draft pick in mind, since he has yet to bench Lindley.
Cdeveau: You always play to win. Even if the fans and everyone else has given up on you, players play to win the game. That being said, as a fan and not a player I agree with Tyler on whether they play for pride or not the Cards will have a high draft pick in this draft.
Jess Root: I will say it again and again -- you play to win. It's very Herm Edwards of me, but that is what you do. You might play to win, but developing your young players, but you NEVER EVER (since you have paying fans who want to see a win) fail to even try to win every week.
3) Who do you think should get the start against Seattle? (Note: Although John Skelton has already been announced as the starter, let's see if any of the writers were right)
Tyler Nickel: Kevin Kolb, if he's healthy. The team still needs to see if he's worth paying for another year. If he's hurt still, I say Lindley. They know what they have in Skelton. He's going to be a career backup and probably out of the league in a couple years.
Alex Mann: Kolb. But seeing as he is injured, Skelton. His first start in Seattle and outside of Kolb he can win games.
Cdeveau: Kevin Kolb (I've never been a fan of the whole Kolb situation. From the $ and the draft picks given up to the way he has been used to the way he has performed) is currently the best QB the Cards have on their roster. (I'm not saying he is the answer, I'm just saying he is better than Skelton or Lindley) Barring Kolb playing, then Skelton.
Jess Root: Well, Skelton is the man to make the start, and it makes sense. Lindley did not show much and Seattle is a very hard place to play.