Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt may have a new head coaching job soon.
Reports came to light on Thursday that Whisenhunt will interview for the head coaching spot at Georgia Tech. He will speak with the school about the vacancy some time this weekend ahead of the Chargers’ critical Sunday night tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Georgia Tech is looking for a replacement for Paul Johnson, who has decided to retire after 11 seasons at the school.
Whisenhunt is in his third year as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator. In college, he was a tight end at Georgia Tech. In his four years at the school, he caught 82 passes for 1,264 yards and seven touchdowns.
A twelfth-round pick in the 1985 NFL draft, he spent time with the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and New York Jets. He got into coaching just a few years after his playing career ended.
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At the professional level, Whisenhunt has been the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans. He took the Cardinals all the way to the Super Bowl in 2008.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off of a 5-6 season which will see them miss a Bowl game for just the second time since 1997.
Though the Chargers are preparing for what is their biggest game of the season to this point and Whisenhunt won’t want this news to become a dsitraction, it’s likely that the idea of getting this job is quite appealing to him.
Born in Augusta, Georgia, becoming the head coach of his alma mater would likely be a dream come true for Whisenhunt.
There will be other candidates, but Whisenhunt should have a decent shot at getting this job. Will this become a distraction to the Chargers in their pursuit of the playoffs and a deep postseason run?