Whisenhunt on relationship with Big Ben

January, 27, 2009
1/27/09
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Posted by ESPN.com staff

TAMPA, Fla. -- Not surprisingly, Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt was peppered with questions at media day about his relationship with Ben Roethlisberger, his days as an assistant coach in Pittsburgh and his view of the Steelers fans, who were rated best in the league by ESPN.com. (Cardinals fans were ranked last.)

His relationship with Roethlisberger was once deemed frosty, but Whisenhunt said it's not an issue.

"Too much is made of it,” he said.

Whisenhunt also had high praise for Pittsburgh fans.

"They are fantastic ..." he said. "That's what we're trying to establish in Arizona.”

There may be good news in that department. Steve Mariucci of the NFL Network told Whisenhunt that a device used by the network to measure the noise level at games registered its highest reading of the season during the Cardinals' NFC title game win over the Eagles at University of Phoenix Stadium.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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