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Updated Feb 18, 2011 - 9:48 pm

Whisenhunt, Graves discuss Cards off-season matters

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves join Doug and Wolf Friday morning

Despite the looming uncertainty of the NFL labor situation, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves said they are proceeding as usual with the off-season.

Both joined Sports 620 KTAR's Doug and Wolf Friday to discuss the team's quarterback situation, evaluation of the draft, free agent prospects and expectations for next season.

"We're obviously proceeding just like we normally do this time in the off-season," Whisenhunt said.

"We've got a lot of players out there that we've got to look at and rank and decide about where they fit and who to go after and what needs that we have to address."

If the current collective bargaining agreement expires in early March, teams will not be allowed to trade players and free agency will not begin. It's something Whisenhunt said he isn't too concerned with.

"Let's not get too wrapped up in the whole CBA thing," he said. "There's going to be football. We're going to play at some point and we're proceeding like everything is normal.

"We've set a standard around here and we didn't live up to that standard. We're not happy about it and we're working hard to get that fixed."

Graves said the team's next step is to go to Indianapolis next week for the annual scouting combine to interview and work out players as prospects for what he called a "strong" draft.

Whisenhunt said the team is taking its time with addressing the quarterback situation to find the best option available to fix the 31st ranked passing offense from last year.

"We don't have to make a decision on who our starting quarterback is today," the coach said. We've got a little bit of time to do that.

"But I'll say this, that's obviously a position that we need to address from a standpoint of not only playing better. We're going to do everything that we can to address it, whatever avenue is available to us."

Whisenhunt said his main concern is to bringing the team back to the success it achieved before last season.

"We've set a standard here the last few years [with] six playoff games, back-to-back division titles, going to a Super Bowl that we expect to attempt to meet every year," Whisenhunt said.

"We fell short of that this year. Not something that we were pleased about. We are committed to getting back to that."


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