Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Cardinals have released a statement confirming Clancy Pendergast's firing as defensive coordinator, with the following statement from coach Ken Whisenhunt:
"Clancy is a talented coach and we appreciate all that he's contributed in his time with the Cardinals. He was one of the guys retained from the previous staff and has done a good job. But as part of the evaluation process that's done after every season, I took a look at the last two years as a whole and felt this move was necessary to help us continue the progress we've made.
"Like every decision, it comes down to what's best for the team and what gives us the best chance to win. From a timing standpoint, we wanted to be fair to Clancy and give him a chance to seek the best possible opportunity in which to continue his career. In terms of filling the position, we have some people in mind both internally and externally and will begin that process immediately."
Pendergast has been with the Cardinals since 2004. The Cardinals were a big-play defense under Pendergast. They made big plays and allowed them. Whisenhunt will be looking for more consistency on that side of the ball.