— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) January 14, 2014
Well look at that. Most NFL media pundits considered the Detroit Lions as the best available head-coaching job. Ken Whisenhunt was considered as a shoe-in for them. The Tennessee Titans surprised some people when they were able to seal the deal for the former Super Bowl runner-up head coach of the 2008 Arizona Cardinals.
Give credit to new president and CEO Tommy Smith. The Lions are the team who is perceived as “a head coach away” from Super Bowl contention. Yet, the Titans were willing to pay top-dollar for the man who they feel can get the most out of a roster that’s more talented than many non-Titans followers realize.
Is Whisenhunt the head coach who can get the most out of an offense that’s loaded with former first-round picks and high second-rounders? It’s well-documented that in his first and only season as the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator, Whisenhunt helped resurrect Philips Rivers‘ career. The Chargers overall offensive production jumped up from 31st to fifth. The passing offense jumped up from 24th to fourth.
Acquiring an offensive-minded coach with a proven track record of developing (Ben Roethlisberger) and resurrecting (Kurt Warner, Rivers) quarterback careers? Just what the Titans need to complement a nice defense. To turn the Titans into a legitimate and consistent playoff contender, Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster must work together to find solutions for these four critical issues that face the team during the upcoming offseason.