By Amber Pennycuff
The Tennessee Titans have made national headlines with recent hire of new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. After interviewing three other candidates, he stood as the lucky number four slot and made the cut.
Monday, the team made its big announcement after the firing of head coach Mike Munchak. He was with the Titans for over 30 years and went 9-7, 6-10, and 7-9 in his three seasons as head coach for Tennessee.
With new horizons to build, Whisenhunt is leading the way and has an impressive resume to go along with it.
The San Diego offensive coordinator had other offers from teams like the Detroit Lions, but sources say Tennessee offered him $1 million more annually.
Whisenhunt was with the Arizona Cardinals when they made their first Super Bowl appearance and had the most wins in the history of the franchise. Before the Cards, he spent ten seasons in the NFL as an assistant.
Whisenhunt noted that he is comfortable with the Nashville-based team, and that was a big factor in his decision. The football All-Star already has some familiarity with Nashville. He was a special teams and tight ends coach at Vanderbilt from 95’-96’. Also, Whisenhunt has a little southern-blood running through his veins.
The Augusta, Georgia native was quarterback and played tight-end at Georgia Tech from 1980-1984. Whisenhunt also played nine seasons in the NFL and went to the Atlanta Falcons in the 1985 NFL Draft out of college.
He will begin as the 17th coach in the history of the organization. He plans to meet with the remaining staff at the Tennessee Titans and has made no further decisions on a coaching line-up.
The Tennessee Titans and fans are yearning for a good season and another chance at the playoffs. This will bring a whole new light to the field this fall.