The list of candidates for the Cleveland Browns coaching vacancy just got smaller, and maybe less credible. Ken Whisenhunt, former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, accepted an offer Monday to become the new head coach of the Tennessee Titans. He is best known for leading the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
Whisenhunt accepted the offer just one day after his San Diego Chargers were eliminated from the playoffs. During his lone year as offensive coordinator for the Chargers, he helped the team to a playoff victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round this season. San Diego's offense ranked 5th in the NFL this year, as opposed to being ranked 31st just one season ago.
Reports also circulated Monday that the Detroit Lions were set to bring Whisenhunt in to interview for their vacant head coaching position. The hiring comes just one year after Whisenhunt was fired from his head coaching position in Arizona. The Lions are now reportedly focusing their efforts on hiring Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell to be their next head coach.
Whisenhunt has also enjoyed success as offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers under Bill Cowher. Whisenhunt helped the Steelers to a Super Bowl Championship in 2005. He went 45-51 in six years as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals before being fired following the 2012 season.