New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt was able to share his background and philosophy with Titans fans during lunch and dinner events at a Season Ticket Member Bash on Tuesday.
Whisenhunt participated in question-and-answer sessions led by “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, and amid sharing some of his on-field principles, the culture he wants to build for the team and city and the enjoyment he’s already experienced from returning to Nashville, where he got his first coaching job (1995-96 as an assistant at Vanderbilt).
The lunch crowd of about 1,700 people in the shimmering Music City Center’s Grand Ballroom gave Whisenhunt a standing ovation to welcome him and applauded heavily when Keith pointed out that Whisenhunt selected the Titans among the reported opportunities of other available head coaching jobs.
“I’m really excited to be here, and I think that speaks for itself,” Whisenhunt said. “It’s a great city, just look at where we are in this venue, what a fantastic venue, what a great city!”
More recent trips to Nashville have been as an assistant coach with Pittsburgh (2001-06), the head coach of Arizona (2007-12) and as San Diego’s offensive coordinator last season.
“I remember coming in here as an opponent and the fans and their support and how tough a place it was to play,” Whisenhunt said. “I’ve always been impressed by that, so one of the things that excites me is having that environment here, getting our fans behind us.”
About 3,500 Titans fans attended the dinner program, and Whisenhunt said during a media session said it was important to him to attend both events before heading to Indianapolis to be in place for the start of the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday.
Whisenhunt, a native of Augusta, Ga., said his past time in Nashville, combined with the immediate common ground he developed with Titans general manager Ruston Webster and the faith he has in the Titans’ ownership group were major selling points.
Titans President and CEO Tommy Smith and Co-Chairs Susie Adams Smith and Amy Adams Hunt traveled from Houston for the lunch session that was also attended by Webster, board member Kenneth Adams, IV and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean at the sparkling convention center that opened in May 2013.
“A lot of it starts with the (Adams family). I really believe the ownership is a big piece of it. I can’t tell you how excited I am to work with Tommy Smith and work with the ownership of this team,” Whisenhunt said. “The other piece that I think is important, obviously, is Ruston. I think the support we have with each other, the belief we have in the way we’re going to do things is a big piece of it, and wanting to win. Like I said, from Mr. Smith, I sense he wants to win and wants to build a team that’s a consistent winner. It’s my job to help that process, and I’m excited about having that opportunity.”
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