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Ken Whisenhunt | OT

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (54) / 2/28/1962
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
College: Georgia Tech
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Chargers hired OC Ken Whisenhunt.
Whisenhunt, 54 next month, spent the 2013 season as the Chargers' OC, only to parlay that one year into the Titans' head-coaching job. Whisenhunt lasted 23 games as the Titans' head man, going 3-20, before being fired in November. He's back with coach Mike McCoy. In 2013, the Chargers were fifth in total offense, fourth in passing, and 13th in rushing. Whisenhunt and McCoy will look to get the offense back on track after finishing 31st in rushing this year. Jan 13 - 3:16 PM

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The Union-Tribune San Diego's Michael Gehlken reports ex-Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt is a "name to watch" for the Chargers' OC job.

Whisenhunt, of course, was San Diego's OC in 2013. The Bolts were fifth in total offense that season, and Whisenhunt parlayed that into landing the Titans' head-coaching job, which he held for all of 23 games before getting fired back in November. The Bears are also rumored to be in on Whiz.
Jan 4 - 7:38 PM

NFL reporter Dan Pompei reports ex-Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt is a "name to keep an eye on" for the Bears' OC opening if Adam Gase leaves.

Gase is fully expected to land a head-coaching gig, so replacing him will likely be one of coach John Fox's first tasks. Fox could promote QBs coach Dowell Loggains to OC, as he also had a great relationship with Jay Cutler this season and has experience calling plays in Tennessee a few years back. Whisenhunt would be a nice addition, too. He's been in over his head as a head coach, but he was part of the group that turned Philip Rivers around in San Diego when he served as the Chargers' OC under coach Mike McCoy.
Jan 4 - 6:59 PM

Titans fired coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Mike Mularkey, who was the head coach in Jacksonville in 2012, will serve as the interim coach. Whisenhunt posted an abysmal 3-20 record as the coach in Tennessee and has now won just four games in his last 35 as a head coach in the NFL. The Titans offense was a train wreck under Whisenhunt, scoring just 16.5 points a game during his tenure, and there have been reports he lost the locker room and had "tension" with other coaches. The good news for Tennessee is Marcus Mariota, Taylor Lewan and Jurrell Casey are solid building blocks who should make Tennessee an attractive option for available coaches this offseason.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 09:45:00 AM

Titans owner Tommy Smith has no plans to fire coach Ken Whisenhunt or GM Ruston Webster, but has promised a roster overhaul for 2015.

"The roster is going to look a lot different next year," Smith said of Webster's deeply flawed collection of players. "Players need to be playing to the best of their abilities right now, and that will determine their future. There may be some players whose contracts might be up, but that doesn't mean they're not going to be here. There may be some players with multi-year contracts, but that doesn't mean they're going to be here." Smith is right that the Titans' roster is a disaster, but it's bizarre he's apparently comfortable with the job Webster has done. There's not much light at the end of the tunnel for the Titans.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 02:22:00 PM

According to a source "familiar with the offers," the Titans offered new coach Ken Whisenhunt $1 million more annually than the Lions.

That's annually, not total. It's a gargantuan sum, and almost certainly why Whiz went from being the front-runner in Detroit to the Titans' new head coach in the blink of an eye. For his part, Whiz has said "chemistry" with the Titans' brain trust was an important factor. We're guessing that chemistry was improved by the millions of extra dollars Tennessee offered.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 09:10:00 PM

New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt plans to call his own plays.

Whisenhunt called the Chargers' plays this season, and at times during his six-year tenure in Arizona. Speaking at his introductory presser, Whiz said he wanted a 50-50 run/pass balance, and for his offense to resemble the one he oversaw in San Diego. The Bolts featured a balanced attack this season, leaning on the run and high-percentage passes. It would be a good system for inaccurate Jake Locker, but there's no guarantee Locker will be the Titans' Week 1 starter.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 05:21:00 PM

Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt as head coach.

It comes as a mild surprise. Whisenhunt had been courted by the Lions. Instead, Whisenhunt chooses Tennessee's No. 11 overall pick and its athletic defense over Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Detroit's dominant defensive line. Whisenhunt, 52 next month, has a history with Nashville; he started his coaching career at Vanderbilt University in 1995. In his lone season as the Chargers' offensive coordinator, Whisenhunt helped turn around the career of Philip Rivers, got the most we've seen out of Ryan Mathews in his four seasons, and oversaw Keenan Allen's extremely impressive rookie campaign. The Chargers fielded the league's No. 5 offense in 2013, finishing fourth in passing and 13th in rushing. He's going to need to find a quarterback in Tennessee. Jake Locker isn't the answer. Whisenhunt had a career 45-51 record as the Cardinals head coach from 2007-2012. He could nab Ray Horton to run the defense in Tennessee.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 06:14:00 PM

The Titans' interest in Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is reportedly "real" and "viable."

This smells like a leverage leak from Whisenhunt's camp to ensure he gets the best possible offer from Detroit. It's long been reported that the Lions' job is his to lose, and it's certainly more attractive than the Titans gig as it comes with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, a dominant defensive line and the No. 10 overall pick in May's draft. Whisenhunt's strange decision to ride an unproductive run game far too long in Sunday's loss at Denver isn't doing anything to cool his market.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 11:46:00 AM

With San Diego's season over, Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is free to sign a head-coaching contract elsewhere.

It's believed San Diego will replace Whisenhunt in-house with QBs coach Frank Reich. Whisenhunt has long been favored to land in Detroit, but the Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans are "very" interested in the onetime Cardinals head coach. Whisenhunt has all along seemed likeliest to pick the Lions due to the presence of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.
Sun, Jan 12, 2014 09:45:00 PM

Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is scheduled to interview with the Lions Thursday, Titans Friday and Browns Saturday.

It's a whirlwind week for Whisenhunt, as he'll do three interviews and then guide the Chargers' offense in Denver on Sunday. Or maybe he won't even get out of Detroit without a wink-nod agreement. The Lions' job is reportedly his to lose as they appear to be seeking an offensive-minded coach with head-coaching experience and a history of developing talented quarterbacks. Whiz has worked with Ben Roethlisberger, Kurt Warner and Philip Rivers in his last three stops.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 08:11:00 AM

The Lions are expected to interview Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt for their head-coaching vacancy this weekend.

Whisenhunt has been linked to the Lions for a week now. He'll formally interview for the gig on Friday or Saturday, when the window for coaches still involved in the playoffs opens and allows them to interview for other teams. Whisenhunt has previous head-coaching experience -- something the Lions seem to desire -- and has experience working with elite quarterbacks.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 04:10:00 PM

The Titans have requested permission to interview Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt for their head-coaching job.

As have the Redskins, Lions, and Vikings. Tennessee's interest in Whisenhunt is intriguing because the Titans' job was the latest to open when ex-coach Mike Munchak refused to fire his offensive staff, and was axed as a result. If Whisenhunt is smart, he'll take the job in Detroit, where he is considered the heavy front-runner. The Lions have a franchise quarterback in place.
Mon, Jan 6, 2014 02:17:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday Countdown that the Lions' head-coaching job is considered Ken Whisenhunt's "to lose."

Whisenhunt and Lions GM Martin Mayhew played together on Joe Gibbs' Redskins in 1990, and multiple reports from various outlets have linked the sides despite no interviews. The Lions did interview Ravens OC Jim Caldwell late this past week, satisfying the Rooney Rule. Mayhew could move quickly on Whisenhunt especially if the Chargers lose Sunday's game to the Bengals.
Sun, Jan 5, 2014 11:13:00 AM

Lions.com's Tim Twentyman considers Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt the favorite to land Detroit's head-coaching job.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport previously reported the Lions' interest in Whiz was "very strong," and GM Martin Mayhew has already been exploring references of the onetime Cardinals head coach. Unfortunately, the Lions will have to wait for the Chargers' playoff run to end to formally hire Whisenhunt, though they could interview him as soon as next week.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 03:51:00 PM

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