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first_imgMost Arizona Cardinals fans wrote off the team when theseason looked bleak with a 1-6 start. As coach KenWhisenhunt looked back on the season for evaluations, henoticed that’s when the team started to get stronger.“I think the thing that we learned about our football teamfrom sitting here a couple weeks after the season is thatour guys never gave up,” Whisenhunt told Arizona Sports620’s Doug and Wolf. “They believed in what we weredoing. And I think that anytime you have a team that ifyou can find ways to win in this league, that’s reallywhat it’s all about.” Comments   Share   Top Stories What Whisenhunt hopes for is that next year’s team willknow what they are capable of because most of the playersare returning.“What’s really exciting is that we went through as tough atime as we possibly could, and we were still able and turnthat around and get to that point,” Whisenhunt said. “Andthat bodes well for us because we’ve got so many guys thatunderstand that now. “And going into next year, we’re not going to have 51 newguys like we did this year. We’re going to have a lot ofthe same guys that know that and they’re going to be inhere in the offseason and we’re going to be working.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The shaky start took a discouraging turn when quarterbackKevin Kolb suffered a turf toe injury against theBaltimore Ravens in seventh week. However, John Skeltontook over and led the Cards to a 19-13 overtime winagainst the Rams. That was the first of four overtime winsduring the season. The wins were a bit messy, too, withArizona going into the second half trailing in seven ofthe eight wins.“I think it goes back to not only your beliefs in how youdo things, how you prepare, how you practice, but gettingyour players to believe that and execute it,” Whisenhuntsaid. “It ultimately comes down to being able to make aplay or two in a team that can turn a game around.”Those big plays happened often and in timely fashion.Patrick Peterson snapped the five-game losing streak on a99-yard punt return in overtime against the Rams, BeanieWells set a franchise mark of 228 yards a few weeks lateragainst the same St. Louis team, and O’Brien Schofieldwith two sacks against Cleveland. And, of course, LarryFitzgerald was Larry Fitzgerald with his clutch catches inthe last few games of the season.“If you just take a minute and think about all the youngplayers that were making some of these plays that werecritical to us having success in these games, it reallysets the table for the excitement of what we can do as weget together in the offseason,” Whisenhunt said. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more