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Whisenhunt emerges as short-list candidate in Houston

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When it comes to former NFL head coaches who have taken a team to a Super Bowl, Lovie Smith isn’t the only potential candidate.

And we don’t mean Jon Gruden.  With the Chargers bracing to lose offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, the Chargers could lose him to Houston.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Whisenhunt is on the short list to become the next Texans coach.  He took the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII, and Whisenhunt had a successful run as an assistant in Pittsburgh.

Schefter explains that Whisenhunt has a strong relationship with Texans G.M. Rick Smith, forged when they served together on the Competition Committee for a year.

A strong relationship with Smith helps Whisenhunt tremendously.  With Smith signed for the next three year, it’s important for the team to hire a head coach who won’t be looking to replace Smith with his own guy if/when the new head coach has some success.  Ideally for Smith, the Texans will hire a coach who already regards Smith as the new coach’s guy.

The first order of business for the new coach and Smith will be to find the right guy at quarterback.  In 2011, Whisenhunt sealed his fate in Arizona by picking Kevin Kolb to be the quarterback.

Chances are Kolb, who played for the University of Houston, wouldn’t be Whisehunt’s first choice in Houston.  Or his 50th.

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9 Responses to “Whisenhunt emerges as short-list candidate in Houston”
  1. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 1:02 PM

    Skol Vikings!!!

  2. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 8, 2013 1:03 PM

    Fact: Whiz NEEDS a great QB to go anywhere.

  3. thingamajig says: Dec 8, 2013 1:21 PM

    Just make sure Whiz doesn’t have any input on the Texan’s QB selection, and they get a great QB coach.

  4. realfootballfan says: Dec 8, 2013 1:24 PM

    Poor Texan fans. Whisenhunt is a Kubiak clone.

  5. eastofmissball says: Dec 8, 2013 1:25 PM

    How does Smith simply skip away from all accountability for the collapse of this team? Simple fact is that Mcnair is going to take all of Smith’s advise on new coach. And Smith will push for a coach to keep his job. Guaranteed selfish pursuit too save his rear end, and could care less of teams success. Ask a player if you run into one if Smith is in this for himself. You will get yes all around…. And in no way a player’s GM…

  6. jimr10 says: Dec 8, 2013 1:34 PM

    That is not the word here in Houston.

  7. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 8, 2013 1:35 PM

    Houston fans! Does this retread blow your skirt up? I didn’t think so. Gotta look to the college ranks I say…Whisenhunt’s Cardinals sucked the last few years he was HC

  8. bworacle says: Dec 8, 2013 2:19 PM

    McNair always relies on one person for his head coach searches. Casserly for Dom Capers and Dan Reeves for Kubiak. Unfortunately (again), this time it’s Rick Smith.

  9. redbirdsrising says: Dec 9, 2013 11:44 AM

    Naw, Houston has only started two different QBs this year, Whiz ain’t happy unless he’s juggled 4 or 5.

    Good luck with that Houston, Whiz was only successful with Warner, and he has ZERO ability to actually be patient and develop a young QB.

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