Ken Whisenhunt hired as Tennessee Titans head coach

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The Chargers offensive coordinator and former Cardinals head coach is headed to Tennessee to take over the Titans.

The Tennessee Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt to be the franchise's next head coach, according to a report from Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Whisenhunt spent this season as the offensive coordinator in San Diego after being fired as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. He helped guide the Chargers on a late playoff push and an opening-round win against the Cincinnati Bengals. San Diego lost to the Denver Broncos on Sunday in game which they didn't score during the first three quarters but nearly rallied back with a 17-point fourth quarter.

Under his guidance, Philip Rivers returned to Pro Bowl form while running back Ryan Mathews also earned Pro Bowl honors. The former NFL tight end spent six seasons as the head coach of the Cardinals, going 45-51 and earning a Super Bowl trip in 2008. He finished his last three seasons with a combined record of just 18-30 and failed to win without quarterback Kurt Warner. He was fired following the 2012 season.

Whisenhunt has been coaching since 1995 and in the NFL since 1997. He played seven seasons with the Falcons, Redskins and Jets as a tight end. He finished his playing career with 62 receptions, 596 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He also spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, winning a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2005.

In Tennessee, he will take over for Mike Munchak, who was fired after three seasons. The Titans are coming off a 7-9 season and have not made the playoffs since 2008. Tennessee has some talent, however, and seven if its nine losses were by nine points or less.

One of the first orders of business for Whisenhunt in Tennessee will be making a decision on the future of Jake Locker. The 25-year-old quarterback was limited to seven games last season due to injury. He showed more promise than earlier in his career, but the Titans will have to decide if he's going to be the quarterback moving forward. While Whisenhunt had success with Rivers in San Diego and Warner in Arizona, he was unable to get much production from other quarterbacks with the Cardinals, a huge reason why he was fired.

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