Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargersoffensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt talks with quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during a timeout in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Titans May Be Detroit Lions Biggest Competition for Ken Whisenhunt


As the official watch to see if the Detroit Lions will indeed make Ken Whisenhunt their next coach begins, we should be aware of where the potential unexpected turns might come from.

With Whisenhunt also interviewing with the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns this past week, those two teams are the prime contenders. According to Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt, the Titans are “very interested.”

Here it probably isn’t wrong to suggest that the level of aggressiveness equates to money. Are the Titans so smitten they would offer up a contract so big that the Lions couldn’t or wouldn’t match? The Lions were paying Jim Schwartz more than most thought so they certainly aren’t afraid to plop down some cash for a coach. Then again, the Lions have to account for the money they will now pay Schwartz to not coach the team.

Then again, it might not even come down to money in the end. As Wyatt notes, the Lions and Titans are in very different places offensively, particularly at quarterback.

Stafford certainly has his detractors but there is plenty of talent to work with. For the Titans, is Jake Locker capable of being their man long term? That unanswered question could be the entire difference in Whisenhunt ending up in Detroit.

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