SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals stands on the sidelines before their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 30, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Chargers new head coach Mike McCoy hired Ken Whisenhunt, former Arizona Cardinals head coach to be his offensive coordinator.
Whisenhunt was fired from the Cardinals on December 31st and interviewed with NFL teams like the Eagles and Chargers for their head coaching position. The spots are filling up and now the only head coach spot left in the league is the team Whisenhunt was just fired from.
So, he is back to the offensive coordinator position.
He was with the Cardinals for six seasons, leading them to their only Super Bowl appearance after the 2008 season. Before the Cardinals he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers for six seasons, three as the tight ends coach and three as the offensive coordinator.
After his only Super Bowl appearance, when the Cardinals made it with a 9-7 record, Whisenhunt’s team slowly declined. His team lost talent in big names players like quarterback Kurt Warner, wide receiver Anquan Boldin (who will play against the New England Patriots this week in the NFC showdown), and guard Reggie Wells who was signed to the Chargers late in this season. His team went 5-11 two of his last three years as head coach.
Despite his recent lack of accolades as head coach, the McCoy/Whisenhunt duo is an intriguing and promising one.
The two are very offensively-minded and Whisenhunt’s recent experience as head coach will help with game management decisions.
Earlier today, more former Chargers’ coaches landed elsewhere. Norv Turner was named the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator, taking with him Hal Hunter, the team’s former offensive line coordinator. Several weeks ago special teams coach Rich Bisaccia took the head coaching gig at Auburn.
Defensive coordinator John Pagano, who’s defense was ranked 9th this past season, is still with the team as of now.