Ken Whisenhunt is the Right Hire for the Titans
With all signs seemingly pointed towards Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, from out of nowhere, Tennessee hired Ken Whisenhunt.
There was some skepticism from Titan fans as the coaching search was rolling along. It was the first head coaching hire for new president and CEO Tommy Smith, so there was no way of knowing if the organization would find the right man for the job.
Well, in landing the best coaching candidate on the market this off-season, they did just that.
Sure, Whisenhunt doesn't have an overall winning record as a head coach (45-51), and was eventually fired after not being able to get much accomplished in Arizona without Kurt Warner at quarterback.
But let's not label him a failure as a head coach based on that reason alone. The same has happened with other coaches (Bill Belichick, anyone?), and needless to say, they were able to find success down the road.
And keep in mind that Whisenhunt led a team to a Super Bowl as a head coach. Only a small group of coaches that have ever worked in the NFL can make that claim.
The Titans have a talented roster, but now it's a matter of getting the most out of that talent. Former head coach Mike Munchak did have the organization going in the right direction in terms of on-field talent, however, he simply couldn't get enough out of them for it to translate into wins.
Priority number one for Whisenhunt and his staff is without question Jake Locker. Will Whisenhunt be able to make Locker the franchise quarterback that the Titans thought they were getting when they drafted him in 2011?
Whisenhunt has worked with quarterbacks such as Warner and Phillip Rivers in the past, so he knows what's needed to be successful at the position. Should he decide that Locker isn't the quarterback of the future for this team, he should have the time to find the player that is the right fit for his offense.
There are no guarantees in this league in terms of who will be successful.
But at least the Titans have given themselves a chance after hiring a coach that could be on the road to redeeming himself as a head coach in the NFL.
Next stop, Super Bowl? Not quite yet. With time though, Whisenhunt has a great chance to build this team back into a winner.
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