Report: Ken Whisenhunt to interview for Georgia Tech job

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Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is slated to take a little time away from the team to interview for the Georgia Tech head coaching vacancy.

Whisenhunt will interview this weekend, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Chargers will be traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, and the interview is presumably on Saturday.

According to Sam Fortier of The Athletic, Whisenhunt was downplaying any talk of him being a candidate at Georgia Tech just an hour before Schefter reported that he was interviewing.

“I heard about that when I walked off the field yesterday,” Whisenhunt said. “I’ve been so busy from that I haven’t even had a chance to think about it. I had no idea that I was really a candidate for that. I’m certainly flattered that people think that, but my focus is on the Steelers. . . . I don’t have any interest in it being a distraction whatsoever.”

Whisenhunt played his college football at Georgia Tech. His coaching experience is almost entirely in the NFL, with two seasons at Vanderbilt in 1995 and 1996 his only experience at the college level.

19 responses to “Report: Ken Whisenhunt to interview for Georgia Tech job

  1. I get that this might be a great opportunity for him but if I am a Chargers fan or a member of the team I’m not sure if I’m thrilled with the timing of the interview if it does happen on Saturday. You are facing a team that is literally neck and neck with you record wise and both battling for an outside shot at a first round bye in the playoffs. . Saturday is usually a walk-through of the game plan and you have to make sure everyone is on the same page.

  2. Whis interviews for Titans HC job: Chargers score 0 points for the 1st 3 quarters against the Broncos in the playoffs

    Whis interviews for GT job: a Goose-Egg @ Pittsburgh? History may be on Pitt’s side on Sunday

  3. I admit I don’t like the timing. But then I don’t like how NFL teams who don’t go deeper in January start “hiring” while everyone is playing. It’s a biz and I need to get over that.

  4. This practice needs to stop. No recruiting of any NFL coach should occur until the season is entirely over for all teams. How can this not be a huge distraction, especially if he decides to take the job? Does anyone think he’ll be as invested in the Chargers’ success against the Chiefs? It’s completely unfair to Philip Rivers and every other Charger who has yet to play in a Superbowl.

    Whisenhunt himself even admitted that it is a distraction. It’s just wrong.

  5. No offense but does anyone really care? GT is barely FBS, and probably shouldn’t be, and SD is nothing but Wilcard Round fodder. Just sayin’…

  6. riverhorsey says:
    November 29, 2018 at 8:14 pm
    Whiz is ok. Got AZ to to the SB. Didn’t work out out elsewhere but he’s good. Go Whiz.

    Uhh, No. A guy named Kurt Warner took Arizona to the Super-Bowl and if it was up to Whiz he likely never would of started anyway. Whiz’s arm had to be twisted to re-insert him into the line up as a starter in 07.

  7. hawkkiller says: “Uhh, No. A guy named Kurt Warner took Arizona to the Super-Bowl and if it was up to Whiz he likely never would of started anyway. Whiz’s arm had to be twisted to re-insert him into the line up as a starter in 07.”

    1. Rod Graves and Dennis Green drafted Matt Leinart in 2006, so he wasn’t Whiz’s choice. In fact, Leinart still hates Whisenhunt to this day.

    2. Warner was “washed up” when he joined the Cardinals. He last days with Rams was 0-7 with 17 turnovers. With Giants, he was just as ineffective before Manning took over.

    3. Whisenhunt came in 2007 and told Kurt he’d get a chance if he made changes (specifically, two hands on ball to keep turnovers down and Kurt wear gloves for better grip). Whiz also installed no-huddle package JUST FOR Warner so he’d get into games.

    4. Leinart broke he collarbone in Week 5. What arm twisting are you talking about??

    5. Whisenhunt named Warner starter in 2008 to begin the season, in part because of Warner’s “consistency and willingness to adjust his game to suit Whisenhunt’s style.” Look up media reports – he was blasted by both media and fans because they felt 1st rd pick Leinart was the future.

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