Ken Whisenhunt Gets First Win as Tennessee Titans Head Coach


It did not take long for new Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt to produce a victory with his new club, and on the road no less in a 26-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Ken Whisenhunt is going to bring culture change to the Titans, that is a fact, and it showed in the performance of Tennessee on Sunday.

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The Tennessee offense tallied up 405 total yards for the game against a pretty formidable Chiefs defense.

Time of possession was in the favor of the Titans with Tennessee holding on to the ball for over 37 minutes of the game, compared to Kansas City who has the ball for a shade over 22 minutes.

Jake Locker looked like a quarterback worthy of being a first round pick, well at least for one day, throwing 22 of 33 for 266 yards with two touchdown passes.

One of those TD passes was caught by last seasons free agent steal, Delanie Walker, who caught four balls for 37 yards on the afternoon. The other TD pass went to Kendall Wright who caught six passes for 47 yards.

The running game was functioning as well, with the Titans rushing for 162 yards on the ground. Shonn Greene was effective toting the ball 15 times for 71 yards.

Whisenhunt is known for being a offensive guru, and with the young pieces that he has at his disposal he should be able to mold the offense in his image.

Sep 7, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) dives in for a touchdown against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith (21) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Tennessee won the game 26-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The new 3-4 defense that defensive coordinator Ray Horton installed upon his arrival worked pretty well also on Sunday.

The Chiefs were held to 245 total yards for the game and only converted 1 of 12 third downs.

If the Titans can get this kind of production on both sides of the ball they could do some damage this season.

Ken Whisenhunt was thoroughly pleased about coming out of K.C. with a victory under his belt. The expectation to get wins like this is an attitude that he wants to permeate through his team.

He said as much in a post on by Teresa M. Walker:

”We didn’t go in there with the idea it’s us against the world, nobody’s picking us to win. We went in there with the idea if we play football the way we’re supposed to, we’re going to win the game.”

-Ken Whisenhunt

The Titans have a home date with the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday which will be their only home game for this month.

Quarterback Jake Locker knows that though they got the win over Kansas City they still have a lot of work to do before they take on Dallas.

Locker was quoted in that same post as saying:

”We left a lot out there . There are a lot of things that we can improve on and do better as a football team and that’s what we’re going to focus on this next week, getting ready for the Cowboys.”

– Jake Locker

The Titans got off to a strong start last season before finishing 7-9 under Mike Munchak. Whisenhunt is aware of that and knows that his mission is to not let hit squad get lackadaisical.

This upcoming game against the Cowboys is going to be big. Dallas will go into Nashville hungry after the 28-17 drubbing they took at the hand of the San Francisco 49ers.

Whisenhunt can use next Sunday to further instill his philosophy and change the culture of the Tennessee Titans.