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Ken Whisenhunt Plans to Call Titans Offensive Plays

Posted by Craig Peters on January 14, 2014 – 10:27 pm

New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said that he plans on calling offensive plays in 2014 “unless somebody tells me I can’t.”

Whisenhunt arrived at Saint Thomas Sports Park Tuesday and was introduced during a press conference with Titans President/CEO Tommy Smith and general manager Ruston Webster.

New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt plans to put to use the experience he gained calling offensive plays in San Diego, Arizona and Pittsburgh.

New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt plans to put to use the experience he gained calling offensive plays in San Diego, Arizona and Pittsburgh.

The former Chargers offensive coordinator (2013) and Cardinals head coach (2007-12) will be building his staff of assistants and welcome ideas from those coaches but prefers to call the plays. Smith said he likes that plan.

“I’ve never been opposed to ideas because they’re an important part of growing in this business. I’ve learned a lot from a lot of different people,” Whisenhunt said. “I think we have a good base system that we’re going to run offensively, but you always welcome input and you have a chance during (organized team activities) and training camp to try some of those things and see how you like them.

“Sometimes you just never know how it’s going to go,” Whisenhunt continued. “I mean, there have been run schemes that we’ve gotten into later in the season that have been outstanding that we didn’t think were big in training camp, so I think we have a base offense, we have a core offense that we’re going to run. I’ve had success with it in a number of different places with a number of different players, but as you get the opportunity to work with coaches that you think are good coaches, they have ideas and you’re always open to incorporating those ideas.”

Whisenhunt said the pace of his season ending with the Chargers Sunday, followed by his accepting of the job Monday and his arrival in Tennessee via Smith’s office in Houston Tuesday had been “kind of a whirlwind” that hadn’t allowed him to fully evaluate the Titans’ roster or study much on the AFC South.

He said he hopes the Titans’ offense of 2014 “will look a little bit like it looked this past year in San Diego.”

“We were pretty good. I think we are going to be versatile offensively. We will have a number of different personnel packages,” Whisenhunt said. “I think we will have some up-tempo components with it.  A lot of it is going to be dependent upon our personnel and what they can handle. We are going to push them; that is where you have success when you do that.”

The Chargers finished the regular season fifth in the NFL in total offense with an average of 393.3 yards per game and led the league with a 49 percent conversion rate on third downs (101 of 206) as Philip Rivers completed 69.5 percent of his passes and threw for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns in garnering his fifth selection to the Pro Bowl. San Diego also ranked first in time of possession (33:35), which is a point of emphasis for Whisenhunt and Webster.

Tennessee improved in that category from last in the league in 2012 to 16th in 2013.

Whisenhunt, who is known in part for calling a well-executed trick play in Super Bowl XL that resulted in the only touchdown thrown by a receiver in Super Bowl history, said explosive gains can be good, but he wants Tennessee to keep the ball away from opponents.

“A lot of times where you are successful in this league offensively is getting those five- and six-yard completions or runs and keeping it in third-and-short and converting third downs because then you can sustain drives,” Whisenhunt said. “Sustained drives lead to possession time which depending on the type of game you are playing is a big piece of the puzzle.”

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19 Responses to “Ken Whisenhunt Plans to Call Titans Offensive Plays”

  1. By royalan83 on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Two names and two words: Shawn Jefferson, Gregg Williams. Keep them.

    Shawn Jefferson is the best WR coach in the NFL, and he originally played for the Bolts. He developed the Lion’s Megatron, and turned Wright and Hunter into beastly threats. I’d love to see what our Titan receivers can do if they continue under Jefferson’s coaching. There’s no better WR coach in the league.

  2. By addicted2football on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    I’ve said for weeks that I want Jefferson to stay in Nashville as the WR coach, and if we don’t make Williams our DC, somebody else will. Another thing I would like to see, if Jim Washburn was let go in Detroit we should try to get him back too. For years when Washburn was our D line coach our front 4 were the best in the business, and Washburn was taking undrafted free agents or even guys who had been out of football and making pro bowl players out of them. Casey lit it up last year racking up 10.5 sacks, but with Washburn as his position coach, he could be a football God.

  3. By royalan83 on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    I completely agree with you. I was also wanting to recommend Jim Washburn to return. I thought he was still with the Eagles, but after the Lions shakeup, he’ll be available. Jim “Wookie” Washburn is the best NFL d-line coach. Assistant coaches are just as important, if not more important, as the head coach.

  4. By fredrick boothman on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    hire ray lewis as linebacker coach and greg williams as DC BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE DOES.

  5. By addicted2football on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Is Ray Lewis even interested in coaching? I haven’t heard anything of that nature, but I certainly wouldn’t object to it.

  6. By curson4life on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Instead of rehiring Williams and Washburn, why not hire a non-retread? Why do Titans past always live in the past when it comes to players and coaches?

  7. By LAtitansfan on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Bring back Washburn?? Are you guys insane lol As much as I loved Washburn and what he brought to us, he’s been gone and should remain gone. Enough with the Oilers/Titans retread. TIME TO MOVE ON. Titans fans need to stop living in the past and referring to coaches who led us to mediocrity as the answer. Bring in Ray Horton or Keith Butler, let them bring their guys with them, and call it a day.

  8. By addicted2football on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    How could anybody think Jim Washburn led us to mediocrity? Jeff Fisher led us to mediocrity after Flod Reese condemned us to salary cap Hell. Washburn has done nothing but create demons at the front 4 for us, Philly and Detroit. Just my opinion.

  9. By fredrick boothman on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    there nothing wrong with making greg williams the new DC .he is one of the best defensive minds out there.if he would of been the DC in 2013 titans would of made playoffs.

  10. By EBTITAN on Jan 19, 2014 | Reply


  11. By Ezra on Jan 20, 2014 | Reply

    Eric Ebron complements walker/wright/cj

  12. By royalan83 on Jan 21, 2014 | Reply

    resign wr coach shawn jefferson! god

  13. By addicted2football on Jan 21, 2014 | Reply

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ken Whisenhunt is retaining at least three assistants from Mike Munchak’s staff.

    Per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, running backs coach Sylvester Croom and assistant secondary coach Steve Brown have been retained. I just found this on Google.

  14. By royalan83 on Jan 22, 2014 | Reply

    Whisenhunt is keeping several other coaches from Mike Munchak’s staff, said sources familiar with the situation: Sylvester Croom (running backs), Nate Kaczor (special teams), Steve Watterson (strength and conditioning), Steve Hoffman (special teams assistant) and Steve Brown (secondary assistant).

    Indications are Arthur Smith (offensive line/tight ends assistant) and Jonathan Gannon (defensive assistant/ quality control) also will be retained, although their long-term fate could hinge on who Whisenhunt hires as coordinators.

    Many of the coaches from Munchak’s staff were informed on Wednesday they would not be retained.

    They include defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who had an expiring contract after three seasons. Senior assistant/defense Gregg Williams, who had a one-year deal, is also out. The Titans were 14th in total defense this season.

    Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, offensive line coach Bruce Matthews, quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone and tight ends coach George Henshaw were not retained despite having time remaining on their contracts. The Titans finished 22nd in total offense.

    Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, secondary coach Brett Maxie, linebackers coach Chet Parlavecchio and defensive assistant/pass rush specialist Keith Millard are also out. All had expired deals, with the exception of Parlavecchio and weren’t offered a chance to return.

    Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean

  15. By keith B. on Jan 22, 2014 | Reply

    Brady vs. Manning. Kaepernick vs. Wilson.
    Classic matchups.
    But at my house, it was “Powerpuff Girls” vs. “Sophia the First,” and “Jesse” vs. “Austin & Ally.”
    Someone please shoot me. Barbie vs. Brady: Tips for Watching the NFL Playoffs When the Kids are Home

  16. By Kaleb Brazier on Jan 27, 2014 | Reply

    I agree with LAtitansfan 100%. I have been wanting a complete overhaul of everything in the Titans organization. We have the new owner and new coach. Let’s keep the trend going and completely leave the past in the past.

  17. By M. Foster on Jan 30, 2014 | Reply

    VERY excited about Coach Whisenhunt coming to town and all the new blood in the coaching staff. After 17 years of Coach Fisher, followed by Coach Munchak and his tenure with the Oilers/Titans. it was time for some new blood, some new perspective.
    I apprecriate the fact that he is selecting coaches who have ben successful, and passionate in their roles in other organizations, and EACH has come with a record of success.
    Now it’s up to the players to step up and take some responsibility and establish leadership and kinshp on the field. We need some fire and desire in the heat of the game. CJ is still one of the best backs in the league, certinly one of the most durable – never missed a game in 6 seasons while talllying over 1,000 yards each year. Awesome receivers – Nate, keep leading the way with your experience. Defense… more more more – B Pollard – don’t give up on your intensity!
    We have the ingredients, now it’s up to the coaches to cook it up. Here we go, two-tone-BLUE!!

  18. By Berdj Joseph Rassam on Feb 3, 2014 | Reply

    It may not be a bad idea if Whisenhunt calls the plays – ultimately it’s his tail that is on the line, but don’t know if he can be effective if he spreads himself too thin in terms of responsibilities.

  19. By curson4life on Feb 3, 2014 | Reply

    Wow, yesterday we saw another franchise that came into existence after the Oilers/Titans win a Super Bowl before we could win one. MY goodness, that is demoralizing.

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