Interviews With Ken Whisenhunt For Coaching Vacancies Will Start Today

Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt calls in a play during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt will be interviewing for the vacancy with the Detroit Lions today. He has a couple of other interviews scheduled in the next couple of days as well with the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns. There has been come criticism in the Chargers direction to allow their offensive coordinator to meet with other teams during their preparation for the playoff game against the Denver Broncos.

WHY ISN’T HE PREPARING FOR THE PLAYOFF GAME?

Whisenhunt has been awesome in his first season as the offensive coordinator for the Chargers. He got Philip Rivers back on his feet and back to that elite level. He has turned Ryan Mathews into an asset for the offense. His offense was installed this season and has gotten better and better with time. He deserves a chance at a head coaching job. The opportunities don’t last that long in the league and teams are knocking on his door.

Will this take some of his time away from his preparation for the Broncos? Maybe, but there are 24 hours in a day. If he wants to spend a couple of hours playing video games, jumping on his bed or talking to another team for a head coaching job, then let the man use those hours the way he wants. The preparation for the Broncos will get done. It has been done. They have spent all season preparing for this moment. They will be ready.

Whisenhunt likely will be gone at the end of the season. Hopefully he lands on a team with a solid roster. His best opportunity would be with the Lions. We would just need to figure out who will be our next offensive coordinator, but that is a question for the offseason… which won’t start for a few weeks.

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  • LaShawn Encarnacion

    The Detroit Lions seem to be the favorites in this race.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Haha, I was just checking out the Lions blog, did you know they can interview him for up to 4 hours? lol ya like that won’t take any time away from our playoff game prep………4 hours? NFL needs to wait til the season is over then start hiring. What is the hurry? The draft’s not til May now.

  • Stefanie Smith

    “It’s interesting to note the dichotomy between the two offensive bosses in this week’s matchup. Whereas Broncos coordinator Adam Gase has postponed all interview requests until his season is over, Whisenhunt has planned to be away from his team for three days leading up to the big game.” <—This is what they are saying about Whis.

    This is totally ignorant and unprofessional on Whisenhunt's part. Guess he doesn't give a royal rat's ass whether the team is prepared or not. He should pack his bags and get out.

    • davacho

      i’m with you. makes me sad.

    • joerockt

      Yes, I’m sure Gase decided all on his own that he doesn’t want to go on interviews to advance his carrer and make more money until after the playoffs, possibily losing opportunities along the way. Yes, I’m sure he dediced to do this with zero influince inside the Broncos org.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      he won’t be away. the teams are coming here to interview him.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Thank you… I was going to ask, but then I realized that it really doesn’t matter. Could be in person, or on a laptop. Who cares?

  • Stefanie Smith

    We just started practicing yesterday, according to the news–Wednesday. So no, Whis has not done squat.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    When McCoy and Telesco took over, they repeatedly explained that this team was going to be run differently than other teams. There was going to be a special emphasis on building a family atmosphere. Ken Whisenhunt is family to them, whether we want him to stay, or not. It’s refreshing to see, actually. AJ was awful in this aspect of team management. He was downright insulting, when it came to releasing personnel, even when it came to players & coaches that had made HUGE contributions to the team. This is a good thing.

    I don’t have a problem with it. Whisenhunt has earned the chance to interview, despite the fact we are still playing. If he wants to interview, let him interview. This doesn’t take away from the game, in my opinion. This is simply how business in the NFL. Teams are under pressure to find out if Ken Whisenhunt is their guy, or not. He is being courted by multiple teams. Whichever teams he doesn’t agree to a contract with, will then need to find another coach. Realistically, the good options could be long gone, should we keep advancing in the playoffs, and not allow him to interview. That would not only be bad for Ken (because he might lose out on a great opportunity), but it would also be bad for any team that held out hope that he would be their coach (I don’t care as much about the other teams, BTW.. lol).

    I think we all knew that he would be a one year rental here, and I’m thankful for what he has done for this team. We should take what we have learned from his time here, and build a model for the future. Whoever our next offensive coordinator is will clearly have some big shoes to fill.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Spanos should rip them all up. He pays their salaries to coach the team and not be doing interviews. Whis has bailed when he should be taking care of business for the team that pays his stinking salary right now. It’s a distraction the team does not need three days before the game. Talk about a shift in focus.

      Pete: Whis couldn’t wait like the Broncos’ and 9ers’ guy is doing until after the season is over? We are talking a couple of weeks. He HAD to do it right now? Yes, he earned his right to interview—BUT ON HIS OWN TIME, not when he is still on the Chargers’ payroll trying to get ready for a game in a couple of days.

      Spin it any way you want, Pete. Whis took his eyes off the Chargers winning on Sunday.

      • Stefanie Smith

        So this is how Whis shows the young guys how to focus on the target–beating Denver? Go totally off in another direction (doing an interview with the Browns, Titans and Lions) when he should be solely focused on winning that game.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I’m sure that the players don’t see it that way, and neither does the Chargers organization. Practice & preparation will continue, as it always does. Nobody is suddenly going to forget what they need to do on Sunday, simply because Whisenhunt took a few days off. McCoy & Rivers are both more than qualified to handle those duties, so that Ken can take the best shot at returning to the ranks of the Head Coaching community. He deserves it.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Pete: Is Whis focused on winning that game on Sunday?

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            What? Getting a Superbowl ring? Getting into the hall of fame? Getting credit for taking an offense that wasn’t picked to even make the playoffs, and turning them into a Superbowl winner? You better believe he is.

            Even if he is “just about Whiz”, do you not think that achieving those things won’t dictate how many millions of dollars more he will get at his new job? Most important of all…. Do you think another team would have respect for a coach that totally abandoned his team, left them out to dry, and cost them a possible Superbowl appearance…. just to focus on his own selfish ventures? If he IS that guy.. better to find out today. I am not going to be distracted by what the “media” thinks, or what angry commenters think on NFL.com chat boards. Nobody really knows what the situation is, as it happens behind closed doors.

            Remember… eyes on the prize, Stef ; )

          • arnie

            AT some point Peter, the Chargers organization may be looking for other teams to return the favor. If the Chargers had to look for a Special teams coach or WR coach, it’s good to know they could receive the same “access” to other teams. More importantly it shows the Chargers are not going to interfere with “advancement” of personnel.
            My hats off to Tom Telesco once again, for setting the standard.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            My sentiments exactly.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Who cares what the Niners & Broncos coaches are doing? I don’t. We are the Chargers. Clearly, management doesn’t have a problem with it, so why should we? Are you saying that Tom Telesco, Mike McCoy, and the rest of the guys who have kept this team focused all season long, suddenly don’t know how to gauge whether this is a major distraction, or not? I trust that they know what they are doing. They have done a great job this season. Especially on the personnel end of things. Make no mistake about it. This team will be focused. They were probably just allowing their friend, and co-worker take advantage of the great coaching opportunities that are out there, before they are gone. I would expect nothing less from my own employer, should I suddenly start being courted by top tier companies..

      • Daryl Peek

        The interviews are scheduled for after practice. He is doing it on his own time. This is fair. As Pete mentioned, the previous regime was awful about this kinda thing and we paid the price for it. Whiz is HC material, we all knew this and I’m diggin’ the Karma were building in opposite of that from the past….

      • Joel Ayala

        Totally agree!! Not what we needed at this very VERY Important time of the season.I guess we’ll soon fund out if it was a distraction. I’m praying that it wasn’t. TBD

  • davacho

    this is unacceptable to me (not that i matter as a one, but we matter as a SHAT TON!). seems unprofessional.

  • PakMaN

    This doesn’t upset me nearly as much as the interview he has scheduled for saturday with the browns. Yes, SATURDAY.

  • joerockt

    I would think that there would be no way TT and MM would allow this if they thought it would in any way, shape or form, interfere with preperations for Sunday’s game. If its fine with those two, its fine with me.
    With that said, the interview process is bullshit and all interviews should be conducted the Monday after the Superbowl for everyone. I think that would help in two ways, one it would make a team really evaluate and give them time to decide on a coaching change, and two, would prevent distractions such as this one. And while some teams would lose a month or less in preperation with the new coach they hired, I think the playing field would be leveled.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I agree, Joe. Either the Chargers are going to beat Denver, or they aren’t. I’m more worried about the health of our running back, right tackle…. and especially our center… more than I’m worried about this BS. McCoy was hired (in part) because of his success running Denver’s offense, his familiarity with their head coach & QB, and his general knowledge of the Broncos. He kept it close in the first game, but lost… he went in, and beat them in their own house the second time (handed Denver thier worst loss of the season)… and if we are healthy, I fully expect the Chargers to win this game by two scores, to keep the progression going. My only concern was to see if he could do it in the playoffs. He went into Cincy, and beat a team that hadn’t lost at home all year, and had a top-tier defense by THREE scores. The Broncos might be harder to beat, but I expect the Chargers to win this game, regardless of “distractions” like this. This is simply media fodder… nothing to be concerned about.

  • Aaron Johnson

    I worry about his play calling with potential employers watching Sunday. We know he was suspect early in the season. After talking to teams (rather than hearing rumors) it may affect what he does. I hope it does not but these types of things always worry me.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      if people are watching… wouldnt he want to look better?

      • Aaron Johnson

        Sure he would WANT to but that’s what worries me. It could add a level of thinking to his play calling that hasnt been there during our win streak. Id hate for him to over think his play calling is all. Consider this, didnt McCoy interview before Denver was out of the playoffs? If I am not mistaken he had interviews around Jan 3rd and they got knocked out about 2 weeks later in their first playoff game. Im not saying that it played a role in their loss but I also dont know that it didnt.

        • arnie

          I hear where you coming form Aaron, it just looks bad if the Chargers lose on Sunday.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            If we lose, can we legitimately do what the Denver fans are doing right now? Say that we only lost because Whisenhunt interviewed for other teams too early? Muahahaha! If they lose… there are no excuses in my eyes…. it would be because they “didn’t execute their gameplan”.. isn’t that the usual explanation from every coach & player out there?

          • arnie

            I totally agree. Just on Aaron’s point though, the fan base “here” may look at it that way. And the Media may too. I doubt it, since they are calling it a win already.
            To me if the Chargers lose, it’s will be because the broncos played better.

          • Aaron Johnson

            Im not giving excuses but the point remains. We have not had him interviewing before previous games in our win-streak. I wouldnt take anything away from Denver if they win but I find it an interesting element that could impact some coaches. Perhaps not whiz but I like to find those little devilish details.

  • Aaron Johnson

    On another note: Perhaps we wont be playing Broncos this Sunday! (Note the sarcasm)

    http://fansided.com/2014/01/08/man-seeks-injunction-claiming-san-diego-chargers-didnt-deserve-playoff-berth/

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      LMAO! Bitter much? What a poor sport.

  • Tazzster

    So, if Whis walks into your office and asks, “There are some teams that would like to interview me to be their head coach. Would it be cool to interview with them because I really want to be a head coach again.”

    What do you say?

    “Thats awesome Whis! I am glad you are getting this opportunity. Of course you can interview and I wish you the best.”

    OR

    “No freaking way. We have a playoff game coming up and I expect you to work on that every spare hour you have this week!”

    In all seriousness, I don’t think it is a big deal if Whiz takes a couple of hours this week to talk with a few teams.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Hahahaha… great way to simplify it… spot on.

  • Mark G

    I knew it was coming but it does make me sad to hear. He was the Augusta, GA connection to my team, at least for one season. Hope he comes home to give a talk after The Chargers SB like he did after the Cardinals SB.

  • Lee

    Wiz will want another superbowl ring with us because it buffs up his resume anyways. he could get more money as a HC that way too

  • veazy

    Does this mean McCoy has a bigger role in shaping the offense than we thought?

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