The Chargers added another name to their list of coaching candidates on Saturday when former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed for their head coaching job.
Whisenhunt was fired at the end of the regular season after the Cardinals finished the year by losing 11 of their final 12 games. Whisenhunt was 45-51 over his six years with Arizona and took the team to the Super Bowl after the 2008 season.
“From my brief involvement since I’ve been a head coach, I’ve also had great respect for the Spanos family,” Whisenhunt said, via the Chargers website. “A couple years ago they came out for a week when they had the fires out here and used our facilities, so I had a chance to meet them. I really enjoyed that. I think you have to have great respect for what they’ve done and how they brought this franchise along.”
The Cardinals sank in 2012 because the team couldn’t find competent quarterback play after Kevin Kolb was injured. In Philip Rivers, Whisenhunt would have a surer answer at the position albeit one that has turned the ball over 47 times in the last two seasons.
Whisenhunt had a couple of interviews for the Browns job before they hired Rob Chudzinski and he has also drawn some interest from teams with openings at offensive coordinator.