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.