Ken Whisenhunt of the Tennessee Titans has been relieved of his duties today. The move is a shocker as the former head coach was dealing with the number two draft pick in the league with Marcus Mariotta and was only into year two of a four year contract with the team. The decision to move in a different direction was based on a “lack of progress” as per a statement made by Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. With half of the season left to go the Titans will now be led by interim head coach Mike Mularkey.
The last bit of greatness Ken Whisenhunt experienced was a Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburg Steelers as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Since then, in the head coach position, he’s only managed to win four games out of 31. What makes the move even more puzzling is the fact that the Titans, despite their losing record, have shown signs of greatness with Mariotta at the helm. After learning the ins and outs of Whisenhunt’s system for half of a year it’s a jarring experience to be switched over to another mentality, especially if you’re a rookie starting quarterback.
The obvious goal is to turn the season and the franchise around, but with the Titans it’s never a sure thing. As for Whisenhunt, he’ll go back on the open market for coaching positions. A Super Bowl berth is nothing to sneeze at, but that was six years ago. We’ll see if another team gives him the reigns or if he lands somewhere as a coordinator.