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
Bruce Arians age 66 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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Ken Whisenhunt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Ken Whisenhunt age 56 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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Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Don Coryell Died 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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Gene Stallings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Gene Stallings age 83 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
Curly Lambeau Died 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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Paddy Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Paddy Driscoll Died 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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Walt Kiesling is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Walt Kiesling Died at 59 (1903-1962) Walter Andrew Kiesling was an American football player and coach.

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Dennis Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dennis Green age 69 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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Jimmy Conzelman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Jimmy Conzelman Died 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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Larry Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Larry Wilson age 80 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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Jim Hanifan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Jim Hanifan age 85 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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Hank Kuhlmann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Hank Kuhlmann age 81 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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Ray Willsey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Ray Willsey Died 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) 14 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Ray Prochaska Died 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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Joe Stydahar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Joe Stydahar Died 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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Vince Tobin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Vince Tobin age 75 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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Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Ernie Nevers Died 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

The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Guy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Guy Chamberlin Died 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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Dave McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dave McGinnis age 67 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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Arnold Horween is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Arnold Horween Died 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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Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Buddy Ryan age 87 James David "Buddy" Ryan is a former American football defensive coordinator and head coach.

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Buddy Parker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Buddy Parker Died at 69 (1913-1982) Raymond "Buddy" Parker was a football player and coach in the National Football League who served as head coach for three teams: the Chicago Cardinals, the Detroit Lions and the ...more

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Dewey Scanlon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Dewey Scanlon Died at 45 (1899-1944) Dewey D. Scanlon was an American football coach, and was the head coach for the National Football League's Duluth Kelleys/Eskimos from 1924 to 1926 and for the Chicago Cardinals in 1929. As an ...more

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Bud Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Bud Wilkinson Died 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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Wally Lemm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Wally Lemm Died at 69 (1919-1988) Wally Lemm was a football coach at the high school, collegiate and professional levels and achieved his greatest prominence as head coach of the American Football League's Houston Oilers and the ...more

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roy andrews is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
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Phil Handler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Phil Handler Died at 60 (1908-1968) Philip Jacob Handler was a football player and coach who spent his entire professional career in the city of Chicago. On three separate occasions, Handler served as head coach of the Chicago ...more

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Chuck Drulis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Chuck Drulis Died at 54 (1918-1972) Charles John Drulis was an American football player and coach born in Girardville, Pennsylvania. He attended Temple University and played seven seasons in the National Football League. Drulis, ...more

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Cecil Isbell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Cecil Isbell Died at 70 (1915-1985) Cecil Frank Isbell was an American football player and coach. He played college football as a halfback at Purdue University from 1935 to 1937. The Green Bay Packers selected Isbell in the first ...more

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Joe Kuharich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Joe Kuharich Died at 64 (1917-1981) Joseph Lawrence Kuharich was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of San Francisco from 1948 to 1951 and at the University of Notre Dame ...more

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Bob Hollway is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Bob Hollway Died 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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Jack Chevigny is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Jack Chevigny Died at 39 (1906-1945) John Edward "Jack" Chevigny was an American football player, coach, lawyer, soldier, and United States Marine Corps officer who was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of ...more

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Charley Winner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Charley Winner age 94 Charley Winner was a football coach whose professional and personal life was closely intertwined with that of Weeb Ewbank, another coach. Winner was born in Somerville, New Jersey and, during ...more

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Norman Barry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Norman Barry Died 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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Milan Creighton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Milan Creighton Milan Standish Creighton was an American football coach, and was the head coach for the National Football League's Chicago Cardinals from 1935 to 1938. As the coach of the Cardinals, he compiled ...more

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Joe Bugel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Joe Bugel age 78 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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Pop Ivy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Pop Ivy Died at 87 (1916-2003) Frank "Pop" Ivy was a football player and coach who holds the unique distinction of being the only person ever to serve as a head coach in the National Football League, the American ...more

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Ray Richards is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Ray Richards Died at 68 (1906-1974) Raymond W. Richards was an American football player and coach on both the collegiate and professional levels, including head coach for the National Football League's Chicago Cardinals. Richards ...more

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Fred Gillies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Fred Gillies Died at 79 (1895-1974) Frederick Montague Gillies was an American football player and coach for the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League. He graduated from Cornell University in 1918 and was a member of ...more

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Paul Schissler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Arizona Cardinals Coaches of All Time
Paul Schissler