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Whisenhunt will coach Cardinals

PHOENIX -- Ken Whisenhunt helped the Pittsburgh Steelers and their young quarterback win a Super Bowl. Now he will take over the downtrodden Arizona Cardinals, who feature another youngster at the controls of the offense.

The Cardinals hired Whisenhunt, Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator, yesterday to replace coach Dennis Green, who was fired Jan. 1.

The 44-year-old Whisenhunt signed a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth, and is to be introduced at a news conference tomorrow. He will be the Cardinals' eighth coach since the franchise moved to Arizona in 1988.

"In the end, we felt that Ken was the best fit for this organization," said Rod Graves, Cardinals vice president for football operations, "and we felt that because of the leadership that he portrayed."

The new coach inherits plenty of young talent, including quarterback Matt Leinart.

"Young quarterbacks that have a bright future like [Leinart] does are hard to find," Whisenhunt said after his initial interview Jan. 5.