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Ken Whisenhunt | OT

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (52) / 2/28/1962
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
College: Georgia Tech
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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. Jan 14 - 9:10 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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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.
Jan 14 - 5:21 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.
Jan 13 - 6:14 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.
Jan 13 - 11:46 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.
Jan 12 - 9:45 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.
Jan 9 - 8:11 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.
Jan 8 - 4:10 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.
Jan 6 - 2:17 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.
Jan 5 - 11:13 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.
Jan 3 - 3:51 PM

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Lions' interest in Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt for their head-coaching vacancy is "very strong."

Per Rapsheet, the Lions have been "calling around, checking references" on the former Cardinals head coach. The sides can't arrange a contract until the Bolts' playoff run is through. Whiz would be an extremely sensible retread candidate for the Lions. His Cardinals tenure almost certainly would have lasted longer if not for Arizona's total inability to find a quarterback. He'd be a steadying hand for an undisciplined team.
Jan 2 - 2:57 PM

The Texans no longer plan to interview Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt for their head-coaching position.

It's another strong indication that the Texans have already settled on Penn State's Bill O'Brien to succeed Gary Kubiak/Wade Phillips. Because Whisenhunt's Chargers made the postseason, NFL rules dictate that he cannot interview for head-coaching openings until next weekend at soonest. The Texans reportedly have an "internal deadline" of Tuesday to hire a new head coach.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 05:07:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans will likely interview Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt for their head-coaching vacancy.

ESPN reported Saturday that Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is the "overwhelming favorite" to replace Gary Kubiak, but it appears Houston will do its due diligence with at least one other outside candidate. DC Wade Phillips is getting a token interview as an internal candidate. Whiz has gained major plaudits for his role in reviving San Diego's offense, and has the NFL head-coaching experience that Texans owner Bob McNair reportedly craves. Houston is unlikely to be Whisenhunt's only interview this coaching season.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:29:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday Countdown that Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is "squarely" on owner Bob McNair's radar in the Texans' head-coaching search.

Whisenhunt has NFL head-coaching experience -- one of McNair's most desired qualities -- and has also overseen a much-improved offense in San Diego, helping to rejuvenate the careers of players like Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews, alongside OC Mike McCoy. Whisenhunt was very successful as a head coach in Arizona until GM Rod Graves couldn't find him a quarterback. Graves, and Whisenhunt, were eventually fired. The Texans don't have a quarterback, either.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 10:54:00 AM

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