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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Texans candidate watch: Ken Whisenhunt

By Tania Ganguli


We've already talked about Lovie Smith, the former Chicago Bears head coach whom Houston Texans owner Bob McNair discussed as a possible candidate to replace Gary Kubiak during Friday's news conference.

Sunday we learn the Texans plan to interview Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as soon as possible, through a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Whisenhunt and Texans general manager Rick Smith got to know each other well when both were part of the league's competition committee.

"If you look at the record, defensive coordinators have been more successful than offensive coordinators, but not by a large percentage," McNair said on Friday. "It’s going to be based more on the individual. We’re looking for a coach that is bright, ethical, whose culture fits in with the culture of our organization, innovative, flexible, able to make adjustments, works with great energy and enthusiasm and very positive in his approach. Surely that person is out there and we’ll find that person."

Is Whisenhunt that person?

Some background: