According to an article on ESPN.com, Whisenhunt said “I have great respect for the San Diego Chargers. Every time I’ve played them, they’ve been good football teams and we had battles whether I was in the AFC or NFC.”
Whisenhunt continued by saying “I’m impressed with the way they do business, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for them.”
Whisenhunt was the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-2006. Whisenhunt was Arizona’s head coach from 2007-2012 when they went 45-51 during his tenure.
Arizona had two losing seasons under Whisenhunt, two seasons with an 8-8 record and two seasons with a winning record including a trip to the Super Bowl during his second season with the team.
Arizona had a 27-21 record in Whisenhunt’s first three seasons while they were 18-30 in his last three seasons, but had a 4-2 record under him in the playoffs.
Pittsburgh’s offense had success with Whisenhunt as the offensive coordinator because they ranked 10th in the NFL with an average of 5.4 yards per play in 2005 while they ranked seventh in this category in 2006.
Arizona ranked 13th, sixth and 13th in yards per play from 2007-2009, but ranked 30th, 19th and last in this category from 2010-2012. This was due in part to rebuilding the team after Kurt Warner retired. An injury to Kevin Kolb in 2012 caused Arizona to start three backups who went a combined 2-9 with three touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Kolb had eight touchdowns and three interceptions before he went down with a rib injury.
Whisenhunt has proven that his offense can be successful when he has healthy players. San Diego ranked 30th in yards per play last season, so Whisenhunt could help them improve in this category.