We can cross a name off the list.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are reporting that San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will be accepting the head coaching position of the Tennessee Titans.
From @mortreport and me: Ken Whisenhunt has accepted an offer to become the next coach of Tennessee Titans.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2014
The news comes as a blow to the Detroit Lions, who clearly had Whisenhunt high on the list to fill their own head coaching vacancy. The Chargers emerged as a top-five type offense this season under Whisenhunt’s lead, and many thought he was a prime candidate to supercharge a Lions offense that was so seemingly laden with talent.
Whisenhunt, of course, lead a formerly downtrodden Arizona Cardinals franchise to a Super Bowl appearance as their head coach in 2008, but he was ultimately let go after the 2012 season after accumulating just 18 wins in his final three seasons.
Tony Dungy referred to the Lions gig as the type of job he would want to take (if he were still coaching, that is), but perhaps now Jim Caldwell, his former right-hand man, becomes the favorite to man the ship in Detroit.