Sunday, December 8, 2013
Whisenhunt's focus on Bolts, not job hunt
By Eric D. Williams
SAN DIEGO -- Mike McCoy acknowledged after the San Diego Chargers' win over the New York Giants that teams may covet his offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, for potential head coaching vacancies.
But those organizations will have to wait until the end of the season for a chance to interview Whisenhunt.
Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will get plenty of attention from teams seeking a new head coach.
“He's ready to go this week to try and find a way to beat Denver,” McCoy said. “He's going to take care of all of that down the road. Ken's not worrying about that one bit. He put a great plan together, and he's not worrying about that right now.”
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Saturday that the Houston Texans have Whisenhunt squarely on the radar for their vacancy, and are expected to interview the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator at the soonest chance possible, according to league sources.
Per Schefter, Texans general manager Rick Smith and Whisenhunt got to know each other well from the one year they spent together working on the NFL's competition committee.
Whisenhunt served as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2007-12. He joined the Chargers after being fired by Arizona following a 5-11 season in 2012. Whisenhunt was 45-51 overall with the Cardinals and led them to Super Bowl XLIII, where Arizona fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In his first season with the Chargers, Whisenhunt is partly responsible for quarterback Philip Rivers playing his best football during his 10 years in San Diego.
“His record for where he's been speaks for itself,” McCoy said about Whisenhunt. “Good coaches get good opportunities. And when you have good players and you win games, and offense, defense and special teams -- your phase does well -- it's deserving.”