Ken Whisenhunt in the first half against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver defeated San Diego 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans Coaching Rumors: "Real and viable" interest in Ken Whisenhunt


Now that the San Diego Chargers have been bounced out of the playoffs, teams can now start speaking with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and go after him with increased vigor. Whisenhunt is definitely the top head coaching candidate left on the open market, and what makes him especially attractive is the fact that he has a good head coaching stint with the Arizona Cardinals that included a Super Bowl appearance. He also did a great job back in the day as the Pittsburgh Steelers OC, and he did an excellent job this season with the Chargers of calling plays and helping to get big seasons out of the likes of Philip Rivers, King Dunlap, and Ryan Mathews.

In short, Whisenhunt is the guy that everyone wants, but its’ always looked like the Detroit Lions are the clear-cut favorite to land him. I mean, they hold the best coaching vacancy available, and the Lions have shown plenty of interest in him. There’s also the fact that the Lions want an offense-minded head coach who has previous head coaching experience and can take Matthew Stafford to the next level, thus Whisenhunt fits the bill.

There is one other team to watch for, though, as a darkhorse in the race for Whisenhunt, and that team is the Tennessee Titans. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Titans interest is “real and viable” and cannot be “discounted”, so the Lions have some competition and aren’t guaranteed to lock up a signature from Whisenhunt. Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is the favorite for the Titans gig, but the Titans would have to wait until the Seahawks are eliminated from the playoffs to talk to him and Whisenhunt is the better candidate anyway.

Ironically, the “Plan B” for the Lions if they do end up striking out on Whisenhunt is Mike Munchak, who recently had an excellent interview with the Lions.


Tags: Dan Quinn Ken Whisenhunt Mike Munchak Rumors San Diego Chargers Tennessee Titans

  • Stefanie Smith

    Don’t let the door hit ya in the a.ss, Ken. You screwed over the Chargers big time, Ken, by failing to be prepared and refusing to fix it during the game. Go screw over some other team now.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Hey, don’t be too hard on him. That said, the Chargers disappointed me by sticking to the running game yesterday for too long when it clearly wasn’t working and the Broncos were having big issues defending Philip Rivers and the passing game. You have one of the league’s top QBs (second-best this year statistically), so use him, right?

  • Chris Wyman

    I don’t want Ken Whisenhunt. The Lions are stupid. Get Munchak and stop selling the fans a sellout.