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Zimmer got a late look from Titans before Whisenhunt hired

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The Titans have made it official, putting out a press release Monday night to announce the hiring of Ken Whisenhunt as their next head coach.

But that news came the same day they interviewed someone else one last time.

According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean, the Titans held a second interview with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer Monday morning.

That makes it seem clear that Zimmer was the runner-up, as other candidates such as Jim Caldwell haven’t been reported as having another round of interviews. The Vikings have also expressed interest in Zimmer.

But even though Zimmer is well thought of in league circles, they were clearly delighted to land Whisenhunt.

“This is a big day for this franchise,”  Titans President/CEO Tommy Smith said in a release. “Ken is a well-respected coach in this league and I am looking forward to seeing his vision become reality for this team. He has a history of building successful offenses and took Arizona to a Super Bowl as a head coach. We all share a common goal for this team and that is to build a consistent winner. I want to thank [General Manager] Ruston [Webster] for his hard work in the process and the quality candidates that he brought in for interviews.”

While the late interview with a defensive guy is interesting, Webster pointed to Whisenhunt’s track record with quarterbacks.

“I have a lot of respect for Ken as a coach and as an offensive mind,” Webster said. “The traits that stand out to me when identifying him as our next coach – he is intelligent, has a track record with quality offenses and head coaching success. I really enjoyed our meeting on Friday night in San Diego and we share similar philosophies about the game. Additionally, we have several mutual colleagues that have spoken highly to me about Ken both as a coach and as a person. I am excited about Ken joining us and the future of the Titans.”

Apparently, after a late look at Zimmer, their choice became clear.

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7 Responses to “Zimmer got a late look from Titans before Whisenhunt hired”
  1. mataug says: Jan 13, 2014 7:44 PM

    Lions players probably don’t want Mike Zimmer. The guy seems to hold his players accountable, not indulge like Schwartz.

  2. purpleguy says: Jan 13, 2014 8:12 PM

    I’m wondering if teams are shying away from Zimmer because he’s 57?

  3. 1pwrightt says: Jan 13, 2014 8:15 PM

    I thought Wiz was headed for Detroit?

  4. purplepillager says: Jan 13, 2014 8:23 PM

    I thought that after the Vikings interviewed Zimmer for a second time that he was a lock to be hired by MN. He seemed like the favorite candidate from the beginning. Now I think that Greg Roman impressed Spielman enough to make him take a second look at Zimmer. Since Zimmer hasn’t been hired yet, I bet Zimmer wasn’t as impressive as Roman.

  5. rascalmanny says: Jan 13, 2014 8:37 PM

    At least we didn’t get Caldwell. But I wanted Zimmer.

    Now we need a QB. Oh, and dump CJ.

  6. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:48 PM

    Guys like Rob Ryan get talked about as HC material and yet he doesn’t have half the resume Zimmer does. Zimmer has only had a bottom half defense three times in his career and a top ten defense seven times (14 years as a DC).

    Rob Ryan has coached a bottom half defense 7 out of 10 years as a DC and has had a top ten defense in yards twice and points once.

    Makes no sense. Zim does speak his mind and maybe that doesn’t appeal to most owners. I’d take him – and I’m a Steelers fan.

  7. floratiotime says: Jan 13, 2014 9:52 PM

    Sorry SD fans for not concentrating on the Broncos. But as you can see it was well worth it.

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