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Ken Whisenhunt

Ken Whisenhunt
Whisenhunt in 2014
Tennessee Titans
Position: Head Coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-02-28) February 28, 1962
Place of birth: Augusta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school: Augusta (GA) Richmond Co.
College: Georgia Tech
NFL draft: 1985 / Round: 12 / Pick: 313
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 62
Receiving yards: 596
Touchdowns: 5
Stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season: 48–70
Postseason: 4–2
Career record: 52–72
Coaching stats at

Kenneth Moore "Ken" Whisenhunt (born February 28, 1962) is an American football coach currently serving as the head coach for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). Whisenhunt was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2007 to 2012. He led the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history during the 2008 season, as well as their first home playoff games in 60 years. Previously, he was known for his offensive background, including the success he had with the Pittsburgh Steelers in his three years as their offensive coordinator under Bill Cowher and winning Super Bowl XL during the 2005 season.


  • College Football Career 1
  • NFL playing career 2
  • Coaching career 3
    • Early career 3.1
    • Pittsburgh Steelers 3.2
    • Arizona Cardinals 3.3
    • San Diego Chargers 3.4
    • Tennessee Titans 3.5
  • Head coaching record 4
  • Coaching tree 5
  • Personal 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

College Football Career

After attending the

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Mularkey
Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Bruce Arians
  • Arizona Cardinals profile

External links

  1. ^ Scott Michaux Coach takes pressure in stride, Augusta Chronicle, January 28, 2009. Retrieved 01-28-2009
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Raiders without Russell in opener". National Football League via Associated Press. 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  5. ^ Somers, Kent (Jan 1, 2013). "Arizona Cardinals fire head coach Ken Whisenhunt, general manager Rod Graves". Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt as their new coach". Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Eagle Scouts In The News". Eagletter (Irving, TX: National Eagle Scout Association, Boy Scouts of America) 35 (2): 13. Fall 2009. 
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Whisenhunt is an avid golfer.[8] A native of Masters golf tournament, the PGA’s first major of the year. He’s played the course on a number of occasions, including May 2008 when he shot an even par 72 that included an eagle on the par-4 11th hole. Whisenhunt contemplated a career in professional golf and after retiring as a player in 1993, he spent a year away from football and played golf extensively, including competing in the ’94 U.S. Mid-Amateur at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Whishenhunt’s best career score is a 65 and he has made two holes in one during his lifetime. He also technically had a third, but it went for a three on his scorecard after his original tee shot went in the water for a penalty.[9]

Whisenhunt earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a boy.[7]

Ken and his wife, Alice, have two children: a son Kenneth Jr., and daughter Mary Ashley.


Assistant coaches under Ken Whisenhunt who became NFL head coaches:

NFL head coaches under whom Ken Whisenhunt has served:

Coaching tree

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
ARI 2007 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC West - - - -
ARI 2008 9 7 0 .560 1st in NFC West 3 1 .750 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.
ARI 2009 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to New Orleans Saints in NFC Divisional Game.
ARI 2010 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC West - - - -
ARI 2011 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC West - - - -
ARI 2012 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC West - - - -
ARI Total 45 51 0 .469 4 2 .667
TEN 2014 2 14 0 .125 4th in AFC South
TEN 2015 1 5 0 .167
TEN Total 3 19 0 .136 0 0 .000
Total 48 70 0 .407 4 2 .667

Head coaching record

On January 13, 2014, the Tennessee Titans hired Whisenhunt as their new head coach. Whisenhunt had also interviewed for the head coaching position with the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.[6] In Whisenhunt's first year, the Titans regressed heavily from their 2013 mark of 7-9. Tennessee finished the 2014 season with a 2-14 record, tying the Buccaneers for the worst record in the NFL.

Tennessee Titans

On January 17, 2013 he was hired as offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, under new head coach Mike McCoy. During the 2013 season under Whisenhunt, the Chargers' finished 5th in the league in total offense, compared to 31st the season before.

San Diego Chargers

On December 31, 2012, Whisenhunt was fired after 3 straight non-playoff seasons. Rod Graves, general manager at the time, was also relieved of his duties.[5]

In 2012, Whisenhunt guided the Cardinals to their first 4-0 start since 1974, when the franchise was coached by Don Coryell in St. Louis. The Cardinals proceeded to lose 9 straight games and in week 14 were blown out by the Seattle Seahawks 58-0. The losing streak finally ended the following week with a 38-10 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Following the retirement of Warner and a number of other losses at other positions, the Cardinals were not expected to fare well during the 2010 season. Leinart had been expected to regain his starting quarterback job. Instead, Whisenhunt installed free agent pickup Derek Anderson as the starter, made rookie Max Hall the backup, and released Leinart. The Cardinals finished 5-11 and last in the division. In 2011, despite ongoing quarterback issues, Whisenhunt and the team management put together a solid young roster that finished with an 8-8 record.

The following season, Whisenhunt led the Cardinals to a 10-6 record and another NFC West title. In the playoffs, the Cardinals defeated the Green Bay Packers 51-45 in overtime before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints 45-14 in the next round.

Going into his second season in 2008, Whisenhunt made the decision to go with veteran quarterback Kurt Warner as his starter. In previous seasons, Warner had split time with the team's younger quarterback Matt Leinart, although Warner started the final 11 games of the 2007 season after Leinart suffered a season-ending injury. This decision paid off as Warner put up great numbers in leading the Cardinals to a 9-7 regular season record in the 2008 season and the NFC West Division championship, the Cardinals' first division title since 1975, when the team played in St. Louis, and the club's first playoff berth since 1998. It also allowed the Cardinals to play in only their second home playoff game in franchise history, and their first since winning the NFL championship in 1947, while the team was still in Chicago (they never played a home playoff game in St. Louis despite winning two division titles there). After defeating the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers in the first two rounds of the NFC playoffs, the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on January 18, 2009 and advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history to face his former employer, the Steelers. Whisenhunt's Cardinals lost Super Bowl XLIII 27-23.

The Cardinals showed improvement in Whisenhunt's first season, finishing 8-8 after finishing 5-11 the previous two seasons and losing 10 or more games in seven of the previous eight campaigns. It was their first non-losing season since 1998, though they still failed to make the playoffs.

On January 14, 2007, the Arizona Cardinals hired Whisenhunt as their new head coach, with a contract to receive an average of $2.5 million annually. Whisenhunt had also interviewed for the head coaching position with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, and Miami Dolphins. He was previously interviewed to be the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in February 2006, but he pulled out of talks before an offer could be made.[4]

Arizona Cardinals

One of Whisenhunt's most famous moments as a Steeler is the trick play he called in Super Bowl XL. With Pittsburgh leading 14-10 over the Seattle Seahawks, Whisenhunt called a wide receiver reverse pass (Antwaan Randle El to Hines Ward, the only TD pass thrown by a WR in Super Bowl history) that allowed Pittsburgh to pull away.

Whisenhunt took over the role of offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh for the 2004 season after Mike Mularkey became the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Although his predecessor Mularkey was known for creating flashy trick plays, Whisenhunt showed great success as more of a cautious innovator, whose well-timed trick plays contrasted the conservative Steelers run game.

In 2001, Whisenhunt was hired by the Steelers to coach their tight ends. He was able to develop players such as Mark Bruener and Jay Riemersma, both considered past their prime, into excellent blocking backs. He also oversaw the early development of tight end Heath Miller, who has been a successful tight end in the league.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Whisenhunt began his coaching career at Vanderbilt University, where he coached special teams, tight ends and running backs for the Commodores from 1995 to 1996. In 1997, he returned to the National Football League as the tight ends coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Whisenhunt was a transient in his early years in the league, moving to the staff of the Cleveland Browns in 1999 and to the New York Jets the following season.

Early career

Coaching career

His career as a player included four years (1985–88) as a tight end with the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted him in the twelfth round, and then short stints with the Washington Redskins and New York Jets. He retired from the league in 1993 after nine seasons in which he was mostly known as a blocking back. From 1986-1988 with Atlanta, he accumulated 53 catches for 503 yards with 5 TD.[3]

NFL playing career

  • 1981: 22 catches for 295 yards and 2 TD.[2]
  • 1982: 15 catches for 208 yards.
  • 1983: 18 catches for 244 yards and 2 TD.
  • 1984: 27 catches for 517 yards and 3 TD.

. During his senior season, he was an honorable mention All-American. He finished first team all-ACC during his final two college seasons. civil engineering where he graduated with a degree in [1]

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