Ken Whisenhunt hired by Titans; Jim Caldwell to Lions?

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Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on the sidelines during first quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It looks as though the Tennessee Titans have found their next head coach, and it will be San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, according to ESPN:

Ken Whisenhunt has accepted an offer to become the next coach of the Tennessee Titans, according to league sources.

The Detroit Lions had planned to send their team plane to San Diego in an effort to further evaluate Whisenhun, but sources say Whisenhunt asked them to put those plans on hold until he was finished with his season-ending business with the Chargers.

Once he was finished, Whisenhunt strengthened his bond with the Titans as talks moved toward a potential deal.

Whisenhunt, who interviewed with the Detroit Lions on Thursday, had been thought to be the front-runner to replace Jim Schwartz as head coach since Schwartz was fired two weeks ago after a 7-9 season.

The likelihood the Cincinnati Bengals will be able to keep defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has increased a little, as Zimmer was interviewed by the Titans last week, and today, Titans CEO Tommy Smith brought Zimmer to Houston for a second interview.

 

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