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.