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Ken Whisenhunt will call offensive plays for Titans

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John McNulty may be headed to the Titans to be the offensive coordinator, but he won’t be calling the offensive plays in Tennessee.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, at his introductory press conference that he will be calling plays on offense “unless somebody tells me I can’t.” Whisenhunt called the plays for the Chargers offense in 2013 and for a portion of his time as the head coach in Arizona, where McNulty was on the offensive staff.

Whisenhunt gave some hints about how he’d the like the offense to look — balanced in the style of the one he ran in San Diego this season — but didn’t offer much about two members of that offense. When asked about both running back Chris Johnson and quarterback Jake Locker, Whisenhunt said he needs to look at tape and speak to General Manager Ruston Webster because he’s more familiar with the Titans defense after facing them during the season.

Whisenhunt quipped that his ideal quarterback would be “Kurt Philip Roethlisberger” in reference to three quarterbacks who have led his offenses to their best success, but such a hybrid remains firmly in the fantasy world so the decision on where to proceed with Locker remains a significant one.

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29 Responses to “Ken Whisenhunt will call offensive plays for Titans”
  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jan 14, 2014 6:17 PM

    I hope they aint like the ones he called in the playoff game against an average denver d !

  2. dalcow4 says: Jan 14, 2014 6:17 PM

    Charger fans sure wish we could have told him he can’t.

    Get ready for some mystifying playcalling, Titans fans. And I don’t mean that in a fool-the-defense way.

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 14, 2014 6:19 PM

    He’ll succeed. I’m still stewing that the Lions dropped the ball on this hire.

  4. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 14, 2014 6:19 PM

    He’ll succeed. I’m still stewing that the Lions dropped the ball on this hire.

  5. titansbro says: Jan 14, 2014 6:25 PM

    Give Locker 1 more year, show CJ the door. I suppose I’d be open to keeping CJ if he took a hefty pay cut which he has said he won’t do.

  6. beardinals says: Jan 14, 2014 6:25 PM

    Let me guess – run on first down, run on second down, pass on third down, punt.

  7. cfballfan1 says: Jan 14, 2014 6:32 PM

    Here’s his bread & butter play:

    Z – Formation, Triple – Dog left, F – Detroit, Empty plane gone – Big ‘ol Fat Contract -on Two, on Two – Ready? Break!

  8. therealraider says: Jan 14, 2014 6:33 PM

    Jake Locker just breathed a sigh of relief.. No more option plays.

  9. arwiv says: Jan 14, 2014 6:34 PM

    Until someone tells him he cant? Unless he was just trying to be funny, something like that should not even be a question. I would think calling offensive plays, if that’s what he feels he needs to do, would have been decided before he signed his contract.

  10. jjg8505 says: Jan 14, 2014 7:32 PM

    Good hire and good fit I think he will do a good job there

  11. kremis says: Jan 14, 2014 7:33 PM

    Well Titan fans let’s see, 8 pass plays in the first half against a 28 ranked pass defense – brilliant!

    Now Waiting for the signing of John Skelton And Ryan Lindley

  12. mittywalter says: Jan 14, 2014 7:53 PM

    As a Charger fan wrote above his playcalling is mystifying at times and was the same while in Arizona. For instance, with Derek Anderson and John Skelton (his chosen starters btw) you’d think you’d keep throwing to a minimum, right? Wrong.

  13. wisconsinhillfolk says: Jan 14, 2014 7:58 PM

    Detroit dodged a bullet. HC does not have time to do his job and his OC’s. Influence and delegate.

  14. htowntexan says: Jan 14, 2014 8:00 PM

    I’m really excited by this hire. I’m a texans fan.

  15. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 14, 2014 8:08 PM

    LOL, wow.

  16. jkaflagg says: Jan 14, 2014 8:21 PM

    Solid coach, but his comment was quite revealing – he had success with top QBs like Warner, Rothlisberger and Rivers running the show, but the Cards looked awful from the moment Warner left. Wasn’t too impressed this year when he insisted on “continuing to establish the running game” even when Ryan Matthews was injured; Danny Woodhead is a tough guy but didn’t exactly punish anyone with his inside running……

    But again, solid coach. It will be interesting to see how much rope he gives Jake Locker; considering how quickly he bailed on Matt Leinert in AZ, hopefully Jake gives him what he wants and stays healthy…..

  17. kolva2013 says: Jan 14, 2014 8:45 PM

    I like Wizz- However, next year Jags will win Div.
    1. draft sexy J Manziel
    2. sign J. Graham- 6yrs 60m- 25m guaranteed
    3. sign B Orakpo- 6yrs 80m 35m guaranteed

    That’s how you go from worst to first- we have over 40m in cap space-looking forward to this off-season.

  18. rogerrodgers says: Jan 14, 2014 9:02 PM

    They better get a good QB for him…he’s only as good as his QB.

  19. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jan 14, 2014 9:06 PM

    If the Titans draft Johnny Football, I’m sure Whisenhunt will develop him in a way that will help him become the next Matt Leinart.

    I also agree that the Lions dodged a bullet here. This guy’s record without established star QBs is not spectacular.

  20. rbell2123 says: Jan 14, 2014 9:12 PM

    Ken Whisenhunt Minus franchise QB = losing

    Ken Whisenhunt With franchise QB = playoffs/Super bowl apperance

    Locker = NOT franchise QB

    Stafford= FRANCHISE QB

    have fun losing Titans Fans!

  21. sdbolts says: Jan 14, 2014 10:52 PM

    Who was calling the plays for the Chargers in the first three quarters this past Sunday? I think Whisenhunt was busy texting the Titans at that time.

  22. delusionalcardsfan says: Jan 14, 2014 10:54 PM

    Max Hall better get his cleats and the Book of Mormon cause Heavenly Father and Whiz are gonna give him another shot at glory! Good luck Tennessee!

  23. 6250claimer says: Jan 14, 2014 11:33 PM

    Ouch. Titans fans are about to learn why we started calling him “Whisenpunt” before he got blown out of Phoenix.

  24. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:36 PM

    Browns DC Ray Horton who was DC in Arizona when Whisenhunt was there will be the new Titans DC in the coming days watch…as Cleveland is willing to let Orton walk, and Whisenhunt will be the Titans OC and head coach and he will hire his buddy from Tampa as the figure head OC in Tennessee while giving him a pay increase…

    The Titans will keep the current QB’s and draft a QB also, as Whisenhunt believes in competition and the Titans will draft a Runningback in the early rounds like LSU’s Jeremy Hill or Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde…and if Chris Johnson isn’t willing to compete and possibly take a pay cut he will be gone… Anything could happen there…also a right tackle could be drafted…

    If all these things happen the Titans could be set up for the future…
    There will be certainly some tough decisions to make with QB, RB, RT, CB and WR …it will be an interesting off season as a Titans fan
    —Titans Fan Dan.
    P.S. I’m still taking in the shock the Ken Whisenhunt is out new head coach…

  25. borisbulldog says: Jan 15, 2014 12:05 AM

    Does it matter who’s calling plays when you have a micro QB in Hurt Locker?

  26. arctantheta says: Jan 15, 2014 2:28 AM

    sounds like that was the dealbreaker with the whiz and lions. and to kolva2013, if what you predict actually happens, I will fly to wherever you are and kiss your arse. There’s no effing way that J-ville will recruit that kind of talent.

  27. ajonesmc931 says: Jan 15, 2014 2:43 AM

    HAha keep telling ur self that kolva

  28. dualprime says: Jan 15, 2014 7:46 AM

    Omaha!

  29. clssylssy says: Jan 15, 2014 8:08 AM

    Coach Whiz is a great coach…ask his players. What do a bunch of chucklehead fans know about what goes on within an organization, only what they see on Sundays? Whiz took a team that was the joke of the NFL, breathed life into an aging QB and renewed him, took that team to within a whisper from raising the Lombardi and won TWO Division
    Titles back-to-back. He was hobbled in Arizona by dysfunctional front office, a GM who ran the show for the guy writing the checks, tight with a buck. He coached a team to a win over the Patriots in Foxboro with Kolb, as well as one over Seattle in Seattle with Skelton and then went to San Diego and got another team off life support and deep into the playoffs. The Cardinals success this year was built on the bones of the team Whiz and Horton put together and if the Titans are what they advertise he will take them to the playoffs too. Good Luck Titans, you got a good man and a coach his players consider a “Great Coach”.

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