The craziness has begun.
With the Tennessee Titans now looking for a new head coach, several names are already popping up from various media outlets.
Most of those same names are also being linked to the vacancies in Minnesota, Washington, Detroit and Cleveland.
Some of the names that TitanInsider and other outlets reported on after Mike Munchak’s firing on Saturday are the same ones that now are being talked about as possible candidates to interview with Ruston Webster for the Titans’ vacancy.
According to a league source that I spoke to, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden had not been contacted by the Titans as of Sunday night, but the source indicated that he would likely interview here.
Likewise, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is also being mentioned as a possible candidate, and told media in Cincinnati Monday that he expects to have two or three interviews lined up soon.
Then, there is Ken Whisenhunt, the Chargers offensive coordinator who is being courted by a number of teams. Reports are, and TitanInsider certainly had him on the list, that the Titans are one of the teams that would like to speak with Whisenhunt about the coaching job in Tennessee.
Other candidates, like Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, are on the radar, but in essence everything is in play.
Even though the Titans went through this process just three years ago when Munchak was hired, this time is vastly different.
Last time, Bud Adams was still alive, and even though Mike Reinfeldt may have led the search, Adams’ loyalties and eccentric ways made Munchak the clear frontrunner from the outset to replace Jeff Fisher.
This time, everything is new. We don’t know what type of coach Tommy Smith will want. We’re not exactly sure what type of coach Ruston Webster will want. But one thing is certain, the Titans are entering a brand new era, beginning now as they search for a new face of the franchise to serve as head coach