After the firing of Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, reports are surfacing that the position in Detroit is Ken Whisenhunt’s to lose. Detroit makes the most sense as the most attractive destination for Whisenhunt. It is primarily the offense that has the most upside.
Previously, I jumped the gun and claimed San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt’s best chances are going to the Houston Texans and drafting a quarterback to work within Whisenhunt’s scheme. Within the last few weeks, the coaching carousel seems to have slowed down as the Texans had hired Penn State head coach, former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien.
Whisenhunt could repair Detroit’s monster of an offense. The Detroit offense was sixth in the NFL in total offense similar to San Diego’s fifth ranked offense, but Detroit was -12 in the turnover department. Matthew Stafford threw 29 touchdowns and 19 picks in 2013, and by judging Philip Rivers’ performance this season, the Lions aren’t like the other teams looking for a head coach. Detroit offers a top quarterback compared to question marks and draft picks that could lead to similar circumstances with the Arizona Cardinals post-Kurt Warner.
The Lions could ask to interview Whisenhunt during the week, but there are still the less attractive teams (Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings) that want a piece of Whisenhunt’s time. Though the Lions are the best available team on the market for a head coach, they can’t hire during the playoffs. It’s the same reason why Tom Telesco held out for Mike McCoy.
The Chargers still have much on their plate with the Denver Broncos coming up on Sunday, so it’ll be interesting to see how Whisenhunt accommodates suitors while conducting business as normal.