Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
DANA POINT, Calif. -- The Cardinals could conceivably improve in 2009 and still not reach the Super Bowl. That might partly explain why coach Ken Whisenhunt can't yet bring himself to rewatch his team's narrow defeat in Super Bowl XLIII. It was a missed opportunity.
"It's hard," Whisenhunt said Wednesday during the NFC coaches' breakfast at the NFL owners' meeting. "I'm just starting to be able to think about it. One of these days."
The game's ending isn't the only part Whisenhunt has a hard time thinking about. "Watching that play right before halftime is pretty tough," he said, referring to Steelers linebacker James Harrison's interception return for a touchdown.
The time will come for the Cardinals to detach from that defeat and focus solely on the future. That time hasn't yet come for Whisenhunt.
"Your focus has to definitely be on what is ahead of you and not that game," he said. "What are we, two months removed from that game? It is still something that is part of this past season that we haven't [broken from]. Until the draft and we really get on the field and start preparing, it's still hanging around out there."