Source: Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt as new coach

  • Associated Press January 13, 2014
San Diego head coach Mike McCoy, left, walks off the field with former offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who was reportedly hired as the new head coach of the Tennessee Titans Monday. - Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A person familiar with the decision says the Tennessee Titans have hired San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday because the Titans have not announced a decision.

The Titans flew out to San Diego on Friday and interviewed Whisenhunt, who started his coaching career in Nashville at Vanderbilt. He was the fourth person interviewed by the Titans, who fired Mike Munchak on Jan. 4 after three seasons.

But the Titans had competition for Whisenhunt, who also interviewed with Detroit and Cleveland last week.

Whisenhunt, 51, spent six years coaching Arizona and took the Cardinals to their lone Super Bowl in 2009. He was fired Dec. 31, 2012, with a record of 45-51 in the regular season and 4-2 in the playoffs.

He interviewed with Cleveland twice last year before being hired as offensive coordinator in San Diego where he helped Philip Rivers and the Chargers to the playoffs.

He started coaching in Nashville as an assistant at Vanderbilt and also was offensive coordinator for Pittsburgh between 2004 and 2006. He also has coached at Baltimore, the Jets and Cleveland.

The Titans were the last NFL team to fire a head coach, and this hiring leaves Minnesota, Detroit and Cleveland still looking for a head coach. They also interviewed Jay Gruden, who was hired Thursday as Washington’s new coach, Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

The Titans parted with Munchak after going 7-9 this past season and missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season. This franchise has not won a postseason game since January 2003.


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