Chargers expect Ken Whisenhunt to draw head-coaching interest


Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt may stay only one year in San Diego. And his boss is OK with that.

San Diego head coach Mike McCoy said talk that the Texans will be interested in hiring Whisenhunt after the season is a good indication that Whisenhunt is well respected around the NFL.

“It goes to show what type of coach he is,” McCoy said, via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. “When you have good coaches on your staff and you do good things, there’s going to be opportunities for people. That’s something you explore, getting in the business. It’s all part of it. But he’s an outstanding coach. We’re lucky to have him. It wouldn’t surprise me at all.”

Whisenhunt has done an excellent job with the Chargers’ offense this season, and he had some success during his time as head coach of the Cardinals, leading them to the Super Bowl after the 2008 season. However, Whisenhunt also had some bad seasons in Arizona, and he struggled to get the quarterback position figured out after Kurt Warner retired. (And even when he had Warner, it took Whisenhunt way too long to figure out that Warner was better than Matt Leinart.)

In both San Diego and Pittsburgh, Whisenhunt has proven himself as one of the NFL’s best offensive coordinators. It remains to be seen whether he can parlay his fine work as an offensive coordinator into another opportunity to be a head coach.

35 responses to “Chargers expect Ken Whisenhunt to draw head-coaching interest

  1. He’s a good coach as long as he has a good QB. He’s not so good at finding one of those though. Pretty much lucked into Kurt Warner.

  2. He struggled to figure out the quarterback situation in Arizona so why would a team that can’t figure out it’s quarterback situation want to hire him?

  3. These comments are spot on. Whiz does alright when he is handed a franchise QB, a la Roethlisberger, Warner or Rivers.

    When left to his own instincts and intuition, there are few worse at evaluating QB talent than “Whiz”.

    Here in AZ we listened to him tell us that Derek Anderson was the answer to all our problems, even though no one else wanted him. We listened to him tell us that John Skelton was the answer.

    Then he told us the munchkin Max Hall was the answer. If throwing the ball into the back of your offensive linemen because you are so small is the question, then Max was the answer. Then it became Ryan Lindley.

    Then Andy Reid picked the great offensive genius’ pocket by unloading Kevin Kolb on the team. Though Kolb had never lasted even half a season, with anybody, due to his fragility, Whiz told us Kolb would work here, even with Levi Brown blocking for him.

    Left to his own devices, Whisenhunt couldn’t find a franchise QB if he was camped out in Whiz’s living room. From the moment Warner left, Whiz’s teams NEVER improved, always regressed.

  4. I never understood the retread coach appeal. Yeah, so he was a head coach before. So what!

    Get an up and coming coordinator who is hungry and you will be better off in the long run.

  5. coltzfan166 says:
    Dec 7, 2013 2:42 PM
    Why? There’s a reason he was fired from Arizona.


    He took a mediocre team to the Super Bowl.

    The coach that led your team to its only Super Bowl title got fired from another job.

    Bill Belichick was a miserable failure in his first stop, and was fired.

    Pete Carroll got fired twice. Did he not deserve another shot?

    Should I go on?

  6. jhorton83 says:
    Dec 7, 2013 2:52 PM
    He’s a good coach as long as he has a good QB.

    How about you make me a list of all the coaches who are great without good QBs.

    How great was Belichick in Cleveland?

  7. Late in the season, time for the rumor mill on assistant coaches to start grinding. And so it begins….

  8. For some reason, I just don’t feel like hiring guys whom have already been fired as head coaches before isn’t the answer.

    If you’re Lovie or have a Super Bowl ring (Gruden, Billick) then this rule doesn’t apply.

  9. Recycling of former NFL Coaches. God willing there might somebody out there besides these former HC’s

  10. Rod Graves was a joke in AZ as the GM, and his firing was more important to the Cards’ future than the firing of Whiz or the hiring of Arians. With a strong front office making the personnel calls maybe Whiz would work well for someone.

  11. Seems like its gonna be pretty slim pickens for teams that decide to fire their HCs this year. It wouldnt surprise me to see very few firings, maybe as little as 3-5 when the average is generally about 7-9 give or take. It doesnt seem like many owners are open to pulling from the college ranks lately either, no thanks to the Spurrier, Saban, Kiffin, Petrino & Schiano projects.

  12. Whisenhunt can be the new head coach in Houston and Kubiak can be the new offensive coordinator in San Diego.

    Kubiak’s philosophies doesn’t fit SD’s personnel.

  13. The problem in Arizona wasn’t Whiz, it was the front office. With scrooge McBidwill Sr. and his wingman, Graves wanting to control the team based on finance, Whiz was hobbled to bad contracts with over paid players and no budget to go out an acquire replacement players when the team was decimated with injuries. He took the Cards to the Superbowl, as well as two divisional championships and assembled a great coaching staff which is the best any Arizona coach has ever done in the history of the franchise. The team Bruce Arians is having success with is built on the framework left by Whisenhunt/Horton taken to another level after Michael Bidwill relaxed his wallet a bit. I would love to see Coach Whiz go to the Texans as HC and have no doubt he could recruit some great talent to go with him. He’s a good coach and I love what they have done in San Diego this year! They sure kicked some Cards butt…lol!

  14. Like previous posters have pointed out, it doesn’t matter how good of a coach you are if your QB is crap. Last few years in AZ were crap, but he deserves another shot eventually.

  15. I never quite understood the re-tread thing among hiring NFL head coaches.

    Whisenhunt had a long tenure in Arizona to show what he is and what he can do as a coach… and he was maybe average. Yes, he got them to a SB once. But outside of that one successful season, he did struggle to get the whole QB thing figured out and his teams were at best average.

    He is not an exceptional NFL head coach, his own record bears that out. Only won 10 games once, never more than that, 45-51 overall.

    Wherever he goes as a HC, he’s going to do what he is: average.

    If that’s what you want in your next HC, go for it. But NFL teams can do better.

  16. Maybe SD is trying to get him out the door?

    I like Wiz but these comments are right. I did like him more as OC than Mularkey. Although I would take him back over this spoiled brat Haley.

  17. detectivejimmymcnulty says:
    Dec 7, 2013 3:55 PM
    Did dude really put Garrett in the same sentence as Bellicheck?… Really?

    You just did too.

  18. “Yes, he got them to a SB once.”

    You act like that’s an everyday occurrence. Dude, a lot of coaches *never* achieve that.

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