Aug. 24, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans release statement on Ken Whisenhunt hiring

The Tennessee Titans officially announced that they have agreed to make former San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt the team’s next head coach. Tennessee emerged as a late candidate to land Whisenhunt, but they will be expecting big things.

While the Titans apparently were able to sneak in late to snag Whisenhunt, they couldn’t be happier with their hire.

“This is a big day for this franchise,”  Titans President/CEO Tommy Smith said in a release. “Ken is a well-respected coach in this league and I am looking forward to seeing his vision become reality for this team. He has a history of building successful offenses and took Arizona to a Super Bowl as a head coach. We all share a common goal for this team and that is to build a consistent winner. I want to thank [General Manager] Ruston [Webster] for his hard work in the process and the quality candidates that he brought in for interviews.

Webster, the team’s general manager, also praised Whisenhunt and his ability to help offensive players improve.

“I have a lot of respect for Ken as a coach and as an offensive mind,” Webster said. “The traits that stand out to me when identifying him as our next coach – he is intelligent, has a track record with quality offenses and head coaching success. I really enjoyed our meeting on Friday night in San Diego and we share similar philosophies about the game. Additionally, we have several mutual colleagues that have spoken highly to me about Ken both as a coach and as a person. I am excited about Ken joining us and the future of the Titans.”

With Webster praising Whisenhunt’s wizardry with quarterbacks, it will be interesting to see what the team decides to do with their current signal-caller, Jake Locker.

Locker was believed to likely be on the outs in Tennessee, but with Whisenhunt running the show now he could get one final shot at being the team’s starter.

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