The Tennessee Titans coaching search could become a little clearer now that Ken Whisenhunt is free to leave the San Diego Chargers.
Whisenhunt, whom the Titans interviewed on Friday in San Diego, is also in the running for the Detroit Lions head coaching job, where many reports have him as the leading candidate there.
However, the Titans appear to be serious in their pursuit of the former Arizona Cardinals head coach as well.
Whisenhunt has ties to Nashville, having spent time in the 1990s as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt. But how much a lure back to the Southeast (he played for Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Falcons) can overcome the talent-laden roster that would await him in Detroit is debatable.
The Lions would appear to be more ready-made at a chance to win than the Titans, as Detroit already has quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiver Calvin Johnson, running back Reggie Bush and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on its roster.
Meanwhile, the Titans, unless they are able to land Whisenhunt, may be relegated to waiting until at least after the conference championship games to find a new head coach. Candidates like Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell are off-limits until the Seahawks are done with the playoffs. The Titans missed a window of opportunity to interview them during the bye week, because at that point, they had not yet fired Mike Munchak.
Thus far, the Titans have shown no inclination to interview other coaching possibilities like Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia or 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, whom they could travel to visit, like they did with Whisenhunt, if the wanted.
Mike Zimmer, who also interviewed with the Titans last week, is reportedly getting a second look from the Minnesota Vikings, which could cross another candidate off Ruston Webster’s list.
If the Titans don’t land Whisenhunt, then likely they won’t have a coach for at least another week and perhaps not until after the Super Bowl.