If Ken Whisenhunt convinced any Chargers assistants to accompany him in his 2014 head coaching gig, they may want to beef up their knowledge of George Jones’ catalog rather than dip back into the history of Motown.
Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN and Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reported that Whisenhunt will be the next head coach of the Titans on Monday and PFT has confirmed that Whisenhunt has been hired. The news comes on the same day as reports that the Lions were set to bring Whisenhunt to Detroit and lands Whisenhunt back in the NFL a year after he was fired by the Cardinals.
His work with the Chargers this year likely helped his cause, especially with Philip Rivers rebounding in a resounding fashion, but Whisenhunt had success in Arizona early in his head coaching tenure. It’s not a coincidence that that’s when he had Kurt Warner playing quarterback and his biggest task in Tennessee will be getting a quarterback — Jake Locker or otherwise — playing a similarly high level.
Schefter and Mortensen report that the Lions have moved on to Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and spent the day in talks with him for their vacancy with Whisenhunt’s predecessor in Tennessee Mike Munchak “still alive” in both Detroit and Cleveland.