Ken Whisenhunt will be next head coach of the Tennessee Titans

1/13/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

In 2012, the San Diego Chargers finished the year ranked 31st in total offense. The following offseason, the team picked up a couple of brilliant offensive minds in head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. The Chargers went on to finish 2013 ranked fifth in total offense while making it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. As a result, Whisenhunt became a hot name among teams looking to fill their head coaching vacancies over the offseason.

Blog Photo - Ken Whisenhunt will be next head coach of the Tennessee TitansThe Tennessee Titans were among the teams looking for a new head coach, and while the team had some fine defensive improvements in 2013, their offense ranked in the bottom half of the league for the fourth consecutive season. Looking to put some more points on the board in 2014 and beyond, the Titans have hired Whisenhunt as their head coach.

Whisenhunt already has one head coaching job on his resume - a six-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals. During his time in Arizona, Whisenhunt won the NFC West twice and even won the NFC Championship before losing Super Bowl XLIII to the team he was formerly the offensive coordinator for, the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his final three years with the Cardinals, however, Whisenhunt led the team to two 5-11 campaigns, and he was fired.

It is interesting that Whisenhunt took the Titans job, as he was also being pursued by the Detroit Lions, who many would consider a more desirable team to coach. Whisenhunt loves to throw the ball, as his offenses have finished top-10 in pass attempts in four of the past seven seasons. With Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Reggie Bush in Detroit, it seemed like the Lions would be a great fit for Whisenhunt's scheme.

The Titans currently have Jake Locker as their quarterback, and while Locker shows flashes of great play and Whisenhunt has a nice track record with quarterbacks, few believe that Locker is the long-term answer in Tennessee. The Titans have the 11th overall pick in this year's draft, so it would not be a huge surprise if the team selected a quarterback if Whisenhunt covets a signal caller who falls to them.

Regardless of whether the Titans address their quarterback situation, they should see an improvement on the offensive side of the ball next season. As for the defense, Whisenhunt did field some solid units during his head coaching days in Arizona, and the Titans have some nice young pieces on the defensive line and in the secondary. It looks like a quality hire for Tennessee.
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