Sports The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time  

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Throughout their time as a football franchise, the Arizona Cardinals have had a variety of coaches, but who is the best Arizona Cardinals head coach of all time? We want you to help us answer that question by voting for your favorite Arizona Cardinals coaches, keeping stats like division titles and playoff runs in mind.

Despite their long history starting as the Chicago Cardinals, the franchise only went to their first Super Bowl in 2009, coached by Ken Whisenhunt. They ultimately lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23, and still have yet to play in the big game since. Other coaches to take the Cardinals into the playoffs are Don Coryell and Vince Tobin, but other than that there really aren't too many names that stand out. 

If the Arizona Cardinals had a best of all time team, who would coach it? Vote for your favorites below, even if the coach never won a championship with the Arizona Cardinals.
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Bruce Arians is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 67 Bruce Charles Arians is an American football coach who currently serves as the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He also served as interim head coach of the ...more

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Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 86 (1924-2010) Donald David Coryell was an American football coach, who coached in the NFL first with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1973 to 1977 and then the San Diego Chargers from 1978 to 1986. He was well ...more

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Ken Whisenhunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 57 Kenneth Moore "Ken" Whisenhunt is an American football coach currently serving as the head coach for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. Whisenhunt was head coach of ...more

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Gene Stallings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 84 Eugene Clifton Stallings, Jr. is a retired American football player and coach. He played college football at Texas A&M University, where he was one of the "Junction Boys", and ...more

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Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1898-1965) Earl Louis "Curly" Lambeau was founder, player, and first coach of the Green Bay Packers professional football team. He shares the distinction with rival George Halas of the Chicago ...more

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Dennis Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 70 Dennis "Denny" Green is an American football coach, most recently head coach for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. During his National Football League ...more

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Paddy Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1896-1968) John Leo "Paddy" Driscoll was a professional American football quarterback. Driscoll was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965 and is a member of the NFL 1920s All-Decade ...more

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Jimmy Conzelman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1898-1970) James Gleason "Jimmy" Conzelman was an American football player and coach. He played for ten seasons in the National Football League with five different teams between 1920 and 1929. He ...more

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Jim Hanifan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 86 James Martin Michael "Jim" Hanifan is a longtime American football coach and former head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons. He compiled a career record of 39-53-1.

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Walt Kiesling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 59 (1903-1962) Walter Andrew Kiesling was an American football player and coach.

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Vince Tobin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 76 Vincent Michael Tobin is a longtime American football coach and former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. He is currently a special assistant to the Green Bay Packers.

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Dave McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 68 Dave McGinnis is the assistant head coach of the St. Louis Rams. He formerly was the senior assistant coach of the Tennessee Titans in 2011, but joined the team as a linebackers coach in 2004. ...more

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Larry Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 81 Larry Frank Wilson is a former professional football player, an eight-time All-Pro free safety with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League. He played his entire 13-year career ...more

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Guy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1894-1967) Berlin Guy "Champ" Chamberlin was a professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. He played at Nebraska Wesleyan University and then at the ...more

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Ray Willsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Ray Willsey Dec. at 85 (1928-2013) Ray Willsey was the head football coach at the University of California from 1964 to 1971. During his tenure he compiled a 40–42–1 record. He was inducted into the Orange County Sports Hall of ...more

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Ray Prochaska is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Ray Prochaska Dec. at 78 (1919-1997) Raymond Edward Prochaska was an American football player and coach born in Ulysses, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska and played one season in the National Football League. ...more

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Bud Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1916-1994) Charles Burnham "Bud" Wilkinson was an American football player, coach, broadcaster, and politician. He served as the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1947 to ...more

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Joe Stydahar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1912-1977) Joseph Lee "Jumbo Joe" Stydahar was an American football tackle for the Chicago Bears from 1936 to 1942 and 1945 to 1946 and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was born ...more

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Bob Hollway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Bob Hollway Dec. at 73 (1926-1999) Robert "Bob" Hollway was an American football player and coach. He played college football for the University of Michigan and was a member of Michigan's undefeated 1947 and 1948 teams. ...more

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Joe Bugel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 79 Joseph John 'Buges' Bugel was the Offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins from 1981 to 1989 and from 2004 to 2009. He served as offensive line coach or assistant for the Detroit Lions ...more

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Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1902-1976) Ernest Alonzo Nevers was an American professional athlete who played American football as a fullback for the Duluth Eskimos and the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League, as well as ...more

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Hank Kuhlmann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 82 Henry N. "Hank" Kuhlmann is a former American football coach, and was the interim head coach for the National Football League's Phoenix Cardinals for part of the 1989 season. He ...more

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Arnold Horween is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Arnold Horween Dec. at 87 (1898-1985) Arnold "Arnie" Horween was a college and professional American football player and coach. He played and coached both for Harvard and in the National Football League. Horween played ...more

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Norman Barry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Norman Barry Dec. at 91 (1897-1988) Norman Christopher Barry was an American football coach. He was the head coach for the National Football League's Chicago Cardinals from 1925 to 1926. With Norman Barry as head coach the ...more

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Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
age 88 James David "Buddy" Ryan is a former American football defensive coordinator and head coach.