Tuesday, January 14, 2014
FTP: Whiz's second stint a question mark
By Josh Weinfuss
Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It'll recap the top storyline from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A lot of people are still shaking their head about the news that former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was hired Monday as Tennessee's next head coach.
It's not that the Titans brought Whisenhunt on board, it's that he went to a situation that, at first glance, didn't seem like the right fit for him. On paper, Detroit seemed like a better situation. The Lions have the type of quarterback that Whisenhunt has been successful with (Read: Kurt Warner and Philip Rivers), a receiver who can make defenses crumble at their knees and a defensive line that he could build around.
But he chose the Titans, with a quarterback situation that's far from sturdy and whose offensive weapon is a running back that wants the ball more.
I'm sure there's more to the story than what's been reported or tweeted. Money was probably a significant factor as was power. Whisenhunt most likely wanted a situation where he could bring in his people. Some franchises won't let the head coach have that kind of authority. Whisenhunt's first go-round in Arizona taught him a lot, which is why Tennessee is surprising. He learned how hard it is to win without a quarterback in Arizona and Tennessee's quarterback situation is in limbo. Whisenhunt will help team officials decide if the Titans will keep Jake Locker, who missed the final two months with a foot injury last season or go forward with a Ryan Fitzpatrick or even go in another direction.
For the foreseeable future, Cardinals fans will keep tabs on Whisenhunt to see if he continues where he left off or reverts back to his winning ways. The Titans, who interviewed Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for a second time Monday morning, just hours before hiring Whisenhunt, took a chance on a coach who showed he can't win without a quarterback.
Only time will tell if he'll be able to right his ways.