Posted January 18, 2013 on
AP on Fox
The San Diego Chargers hired former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt on Thursday to serve as the team's offensive coordinator.
New Chargers coach Mike McCoy lauded Whisenhunt's experience with the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, saying Whisenhunt has a ''very creative mind'' and will be a great asset for San Diego.
Whisenhunt was fired by the Cardinals on Dec. 31 after six mostly losing seasons but he also led the franchise to its lone Super Bowl appearance in 2009. The Cardinals started the 2012 season 4-0, but lost 11 of 12 to finish 5-11 for the second time in three seasons.
Before coming to Arizona, he was the offensive coordinator for the Steelers from 2004 to 2006, winning a Super Bowl in his final season in Pittsburgh.
Whisenhunt interviewed for the head coaching job with the Chargers last weekend. McCoy was hired on Tuesday.
''It's really kind of a unique opportunity and some of the other times that I've interviewed, it's been always been in the position of the offensive coordinator, so if you don't get the job, you're obligated to go back to the team you were with and you're actually looking forward to that,'' Whisenhunt said.
''But since I really didn't have a team anymore, then I think you have a chance to look at the opportunities that were there. And I was excited about this organization and the way that they treated me and the way that they handled everything.
''As far as I was involved with that, you ask a lot of questions in those situations and I was very impressed with the answers that I got. And that's part of it, but once again, coach McCoy, knowing Mike and having the opportunity to work with him I think is an important piece of it.
Whisenhunt will work with quarterback Philip Rivers, who was sacked 49 times this season and committed 22 turnovers, giving him 47 turnovers in two seasons.
Asked about Rivers' decline, and if he can turn it around, Whisenhunt said: ''I don't see it that way because when Philip came out I had the unique opportunity of working for a coach that actually went to NC State. Coach (Bill) Cowher went there. We spent a lot of time preparing for Philip coming out and had a very good feel for him.
''I've seen him play a couple of different times and watching crossover tape and have been very impressed with how he handles himself. I love the competitive nature of him. I'm excited to really get in and spend some time with Coach McCoy, and really look at him and see where he is. In my opinion, I've always seen him as a very good football player.''
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Chargers hired former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt on Thursday to serve as the team's offensive coordinator. New San Diego coach Mike McCoy lauded Whisenhunt's experience with Arizona and Pittsburgh, saying Whisenhunt has a "very creative mind" and will be a great asset for the Chargers.
Whisenhunt was fired by the Cardinals...
Just after naming Mike McCoy as their new head coach – the Chargers have named former Arizona Cardinals head coach, Ken Whisenthunt as their offensive coordinator. Four years off leading the Cardinals to their first (and only) Super Bowl appearance, the Cardinals opted to part ways with the team’s most successful head … Continue reading »
Ken Whisenhunt will be named the San Diego Chargers' new offensive coordinator, ESPN reported Thursday. Whisenhunt was fired as the Arizona Cardinals' head coach after the team finished 5-11 for the second time in the last three seasons. Whisenhunt was 45-51 in the regular season over six years with the Cardinals. He also posted a 4-2 playoff record, including a Super...
Paul Calvisi of Arizona Sports 620AM reports that “multiple NFL sources” have informed him that former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is a “a very strong candidate” for the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching vacancy.
Multiple NFL sources tell me this morning that Ken Whisenhunt is “a very strong candidate” to become the next head coach of the Phi Eagles.
Les Bowen reports that he’s hearing Ken Whisenhunt will replace Mike McCoy as the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator next season.
There were reports leading up to Chip Kelly’s surprising decision to become the next head coach of the Eagles that Whisenhunt was also on their radar for the job.
Whisenhunt has interviewed for numerous head coaching positions in the last few...
With the head coaching spots drying up, former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is now a hot name as an offensive coordinator.
Specifically, Whisenhunt's name has been associated with the Denver Broncos, who has of Tuesday, are officially in the market for an OC, given Mike McCoy's hire as the San Diego Chargers new head coach.
Whisenhunt was named, along...
Bucs head coach Greg Schiano got his man. Well, the man he wanted as his offensive coordinator last season. Bucs announced today they have hired John McNulty to fill the quarterback coaching vacancy as expected. McNulty was released when the Cardinals fired head coach Ken Wisenhunt and his offensive staff after the 2012 regular season. McNulty served as Arizona’s quarterbacks...
Despite interviewing for another head coaching position, former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is now heading to the San Diego Chargers as the team’s offensive coordinator. Whisenhunt was in the mix of rumors surrounding head coaching positions for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles went with Oregon’s Chip Kelly and only one coaching position remains, Arizona.
The Arizona Cardinals began the day as the last team in search of a new head coach. Eight NFL teams fired their head coaches from the 2012 season and the Cardinals named a replacement for dismissed Ken Whisenhunt. Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was hired by the Cardinals on Thursday. Arians gained recognition this season while serving as the Colts interim head...
Former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt will become the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, a league source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The Chargers hired former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as their new coach this week.
Whisenhunt was dismissed by Arizona on Dec. 31 after six seasons. He led the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance...
The Arizona Cardinals have filled the NFL’s final head coaching vacancy by hiring Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
Cardinals’ front office confirmed the hiring in a release Thursday night, saying Arians received a four-year contract with a club option for a fifth year.
The 60-year-old longtime assistant went 9-3 as Indianapolis Colts’ interim head coach while...
In Tom Telesco, the Chargers scored a young executive who helped construct the feel-good team of 2012. In Mike McCoy, San Diego added the top coaching candidate from the pool of NFL assistants. But the coup of the offseason is Ken Whisenhunt, who'll instantly restore potency to the offense.
The Arizona Cardinals have offered Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians their head-coaching job, and he's expected to accept, a source informed of the team's plans told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
The Cardinals met with Arians on Wednesday and Thursday. He was one of several candidates to replace former coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Arians assumed the Colts...
Now that Mike McCoy left the Broncos to become the Chargers’ head coach, Denver has promoted Adam Gase from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator, per the Denver Post.
Gase, 34, becomes one of the NFL’s youngest offensive coordinators but he has considerable NFL experience. He got his start with the Detroit Lions in 2005 and was hired by the Broncos as receivers coach in...
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was to interview for the head-coaching job in Jacksonville on Wednesday, according to reports. Bradley left Philadelphia on Tuesday after a second interview that lasted seven hours without being offered the job, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The Eagles reportedly have interviewed at least 11 candidates, including three college...