NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have wrapped up their coaching search by hiring San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach and 17th in franchise history.
Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith called the hiring a big day in announcing the hiring Monday.
“Ken is a well-respected coach in this league and I am looking forward to seeing his vision become reality for this team,” Smith said in a statement. “He has a history of building successful offenses and took Arizona to a Super Bowl as a head coach. We all share a common goal for this team and that is to build a consistent winner.”
Whisenhunt, 51, will be introduced at a news conference today.
The Titans flew to San Diego on Friday and interviewed Whisenhunt, who started his coaching career in Nashville at Vanderbilt. He was the fourth person interviewed by the Titans, who fired Mike Munchak on Jan. 4.
But the Titans had competition for Whisenhunt, who also interviewed with Detroit and Cleveland last week. The Tennessean reported the Titans interviewed Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for a second time Monday in Houston before hiring Whisenhunt.
Around the league
• Cleveland remains one of four NFL franchises still looking for a head coach, and as the Browns enter the third week of their search to find the replacement for Rob Chudzinski, there doesn’t appear to be anyone close to getting the job. The team has interviewed at least five known candidates and the Browns were reportedly meeting Monday with former Tennessee coach Mike Munchak.
• Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is out for the rest of the playoffs after an MRI on Monday revealed a torn ACL in his left knee. Harris was injured in the third quarter of Denver’s 24-17 win over San Diego in the AFC Divisional round Sunday. Harris had played more snaps than anybody on defense and had 65 tackles.