Sinking Cardinals remind fans of bad old days

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals are on a slide that has to remind fans of the franchise's bad old days.

The five-game losing streak had coach Ken Whisenhunt defensive on Monday about whether this season represented the loss of much of what had been gained in his first three years as coach.

He reminded reporters that his Cardinals have gone to a Super Bowl and won four out of six playoff games.

This 3-7 season has not eroded what he and his staff have built, Whisenhunt said, and if the team has to go through some tough times to get back to the level he expects, then "that's what we have to do."

The Cardinals play the next three at home, beginning next Monday night against San Francisco, a matchup of the two worst teams in the NFL's worst division.