Ken Whisenhunt becomes the 17th head coach in Tennessee Titans franchise history on Thursday, and of the remaining candidates with head coaching experience, he was considered the best of the bunch. The Vikings and Browns remain the only teams without a head coach.
Whisenhunt served as the offensive coordinator this past season with the Chargers. Before that, he won a franchise-record 49 games during his time with the Arizona Cardinals and also took the team to its first ever Super Bowl appearance. The Titans have spent plenty of money and also a high draft pick in 2013 to try to upgrade their offensive line, so if Russ Grimm comes on board as a coordinator, you have to like Chris Johnson’s chances of improving his poor 2013 numbers — assuming he sticks around.
It’ll also be interesting to see whether Whisenhunt will decide to try to better Tennessee’s quarterback production by sticking with Jake Locker or possibly looking to the draft. When he has a capable quarterback to work with, Whiz can get results. Check out Kurt Warner’s numbers under Whisenhunt’s first three seasons in Arizona:
3.417 yards, 27 TDs
4.583 yards, 30 TDs
3.753 yards, 26 TDs
The first year was Warner’s lowest of the three, but part of that probably had to do with learning Whisenhunt’s new offensive system,
Until the decision is made on which direction the Titans will go at quarterback, all we really have to go on is Whisenhunt’s history. He’s going to implement a tougher-than-you attitude among the Titans roster that they really didn’t have under Mike Munchak. Of all the off-season coaching hires, this is probably the biggest upgrade to both the team and the potential fantasy production of the offense.