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Players Wait To See

Nothing in their control while Cardinals search for a new coach


Once the Cardinals get a new coach and new general manager, changes with the roster are inevitable.

The TVs were turned off in the Cardinals' locker room Thursday morning as players sprinkled in to see the trainers.

For a few minutes, the waves of information and rumors about who the next Cardinals head coach would be were idle. While players are keeping up with the search, which, on Friday, will enter its fourth day, they're not checking their phones for minute-by-minute updates on who's interviewing where.

"No, I don't have Twitter," center Lyle Sendlein said. "The only thing I see is what is put on ESPN. I guess I don't put that much effort into seeing what's going on. I do tune in to see if there's any updates."

Much of the roster is going through their first coaching search.

Sendlein, who was drafted by the Cardinals in 2007, has only played under one coach and he's adjusting to the idea of a new man in charge.

"It's all new and not an experience you'd want to go through," he said. "It's emotionally strange.

"We're curious to see who's going to be our next leader. There's a sense of worry, excitement. There's a lot of emotions going on between a lot of guys."

Nate Potter played for just one coach, Chris Petersen, for his entire career at Boise State. He admitted it's "strange" but, as he's learned throughout his rookie season, it's part of the business.

Potter, the Cardinals' left tackle, is also not letting himself get buried in the avalanche of information – some accurate, some not.

"You get different information all the time," Potter said. "You can't follow it too closely. You just have to wait and see what happens.

"We just go about our business and try to take care of what we can take care of."

For many of the younger players, this was their first exposure to the NFL being a business at the highest level.

Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday, gave 32 players on the roster their first opportunity to play in the NFL.

"It's certainly difficult to see that happen to Whiz and to all the coaches that gave me an opportunity to play in this league," wide receiver Andre Roberts said via text message. "But as a player, I understand and accept the business. I appreciate what Whiz (and everyone) did for me here in Arizona, and I wish them the very best."

As far as their next coach, the Cardinals understand it's out of their control. They've seen how defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who had a two-day interview spanning Tuesday and Wednesday, operates on a daily basis from a front-row seat.

While the Cards respect him and want to see him become a head coach, they're prepared to play under whomever Cardinals president Michael Bidwill selects.

"We can't just say we want him and nobody else," Potter said. "As players, you have to be ready for anybody. It's part of the business."

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