first_imgCardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is happy with what team president Michael Bidwill has accomplished this off-season. “What Michael did as far as setting the tone for us this off-season goes a long way,” Whisenhunt told reporters in Flagstaff Monday. “He said he was going to be aggressive this off-season and there is no question that is what he did.”A few of the moves Bidwill made this off-season were bringing in QB Kevin Kolb from Philadelphia, signing free agent tight end Todd Heap and, most recently, inking wideout Larry Fitzgerald to an 8-year $120 million extension. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “You can say what you want to say the deal is done,” Whisenhunt said. “Larry is a great player, there is a lot of teams that would’ve liked to have an opportunity at him and they didn’t get because the ownership stepped up and got the deal done. That means a lot to our team, to the stability of our team and players recognize that.” Whisenhunt believes the additions to the team will have a significant long term effect on the perception of the Cardinals. That perception could help the team in free agency, as Arizona has become a good place to play, according to Whisenhunt.“Some of the moves we’ve made this off-season show that we’re serious about competing for our division and trying to be a Super Bowl contender,” he said.The head coach also thinks that since many players workout in Arizona during the off-season they will feel comfortable joining the team. Whisenhunt also pointed to the way the organization has treated players as a factor in recruiting.“We’ve always tried to be fair with our players,” Whisenhunt said. “We believe in competition, we believe in guys having to perform and that’s the way we operate. I think that means something with the players and they have been very complimentary of that.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img

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