Ken Whisenhunt Hired As New Titans Head Coach

Ken Whisenhunt

Ken Whisenhunt led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl six seasons ago.

The Titans are hoping he can repeat the feat in Tennessee.

Today the Titans turned their head coaching duties over the Whisenhunt, one day after his team was bounced from the playoffs, the San Diego Chargers.

Whisenhunt was serving as the offensive coordinator in San Diego, and did a fine job guiding an offense that was led by QB Phillip Rivers.

Now the Titans are banking that the 51-year-old can guide the Tennessee offense, led by QB Jake Locker and running back Chris Johnson.

The Titans spoke to Whisenhunt on Friday in San Diego.

He was the fourth candidate interviewed after Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Whisenhunt began his coaching career at Vanderbilt, where he coached the Commodores’ special teams and tight ends from 1995-97.

He moved into the NFL the following year, and coached either tight ends or special teams for four teams — Ravens, Browns, Jets and Steelers.

Then in 2004 he was given the title of offensive coordinator for the Steelers, and a year later he earned a Super Bowl ring as the Steelers beat Seattle in Super Bowl XL.

He moved to Arizona two seasons later, and helped resurrect the career of quarterback Kurt Warner.

In the 2008 season, he wound up as the coach on the other side of the Steelers, and nearly led the Cardinals to their first title, falling just short in a 27-23 loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII.

Now the Titans have seen the resume, have spoken to him, and now trust him with their franchise. All in the hopes of seeing Whisenhunt lead the Titans back to the Super Bowl.

Titans Have “Real” Interest In Chargers OC Whisenhut

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The Titans’ interest in Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhut is reportedly “real” and “viable” according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.

Whisenhut has an impressive resume, including a Super Bowl appearance as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and the resurrection of the careers of quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Phillip Rivers.

What is questionable is whether Whisenhut’s interest in the Titans is also “real” and “viable” or a ploy to speed up the hiring process in Detroit.

Whisenhut has long been considered the favorite for the Lions’ vacant head coaching job and it would seem to be a far more desirable position in light of the presence of franchise QB Matthew Stafford (whom he can also hopefully resurrect), Megatron, an awesome defensive line, and the No.10 pick in this year’s draft.

Titans Very Interested In Seattle DC Dan Quinn

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Titans owner Tommy Smith is said to be “smitten with Seattle” so much that Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn who is expected to be finalist for the vacant Tennessee coaching job before he interviews, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Quinn and the Seahawks will be in the NFC Title game a week from today as they were good enough to beat the Saints so the Titans may have to wait to talk to Quinn.

Video: Chris Johnson Unhappy With His Role With Titans

In a recent statement, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has voiced his displeasure with his role on the team. Roger Lodge and Tony Luftman discuss.

RB Johnson Wants Bigger Role In Titans Offenese In 2014

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Chris Johnson, who is under contract and scheduled to make $8 million next season, said if the Titans don’t plan on giving him a bigger role under their next head coach, he would rather be elsewhere, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

“I feel like if they are not going to use me the way I am supposed to be used and let me be the horse, then I would rather them let me move on. Their money would be wasted on me,” Johnson said. “I feel like if they are not going to use me right, let somebody get me that’s going to use me the right way.”

Johnson said he hasn’t requested a trade. He vowed to continue working hard if the Titans decide to keep him. He is under contract through 2016, the result of an extension he received in 2011. He’s scheduled to make $8 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016.

“No disrespect, I love Tennessee and would love to be in Tennessee. But I feel like I am wasting the prime years of my career if I am not used right. You feel me? It is crazy to look at backs around the league and see the opportunities they have,” Johnson said. “I am not a coach, and I am not a GM. But if I am paying a player to make him the top-paid guy on the team, there is no way in critical situations that he is going to be on the sideline. Around the goal line, I’d come out.

“I want to help the team win. People say, ‘He is not worth the $10 million, he is not worth the $8 million.’ I feel like if you give me $8 million, let me earn it. At crucial times of the game, I shouldn’t be on the sideline watching.”

Titans Conduct Formal Interview With Bengals OC Jay Gruden

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The Titans coaching search continues, and today the team had a formal sit down with Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

Gruden also is being talked about to interview with the Redskins, Lions and Vikings, three teams that are ahead of the Titans when it comes to reaching out to coaches this offseason.

Titans Have Interest In Bevell, Whisenhunt

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After firing Mike Munchak in a stunner on Saturday, the Titans are wasting no time in looking for a new head coach.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Titans reached out informally this week to Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Rapoport add they are also interested in Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.

Munchak Releases Statement On His Firing From Titans

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Mike Munchak released a statement today on his firing from the Titans:

“This is a day I hoped would never come, but there is a reason for everything. Words cannot express the sadness for leaving this organization that I have been a part of for over 30 years.

My goal as head coach was to do things the right way with the right people and I felt confident that the results would follow. Sometimes rebuilding a team and its culture takes time, but I truly believe we were on the verge of great things. Unfortunately my vision did not match that of the organization, so we will part ways.

My family and I would like to thank the Adams family for all of the opportunities that they have given me over the last three decades.

I also would like to thank my players and staff for their on-going support and I wish them all the best.

Also, to the fans that have hung with me, I want to say “thanks.”