According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator and former Yellow Jacket Ken Whisenhunt will be interviewing for the Jackets head coaching job this weekend.
Todd Stansbury is ready to interview his first candidate for Georgia Tech’s open head football coaching job. According to ESPN’s always reputable Adam Schefter, former Yellow Jacket, and current Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will interview for the job over the weekend.
The report comes just one day after ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg tweeted that Whisenhunt was Tech’s top candidate to replace Paul Johnson who is retiring for now following 11 seasons with the program.
Whisenhunt would be an interesting choice to take over the program. The former tight end has had a good deal of success in the NFL as an offensive coordinator but in his two stints as a head coach in Arizona and Tennessee has collected an overall record of 48-71. With the Tennessee Titans, Whisenhunt didn’t even finish his second season before being fired after a 1-6 start. He was 3-20 with the Titans.
Whisenhunt also hasn’t been part of college football for over 20-years. His last job in college football came in 1996 when he was with Vanderbilt. Since then, he’s been in the NFL with nine different franchises.
The Augusta, Georgia native does bring positives to the table. His NFL experience will surely appeal to recruits despite the lack of success as a head coach and he is considered one of the better offensive minds in the NFL. Often known for being creative in how he gets the ball to his best players and often looks to create the biggest mismatches. He can get a little bland with his playing calling at times but from an offensive standpoint, Whisenhunt would be bringing a proven offense to the program.
That being said, Whisenhunt’s two stints as a head coach in the NFL have not been great. Could he excel in the college game? Potentially. The biggest question about Whisenhunt is how he would adapt his offense to the college game and how strong of a recruiter he could be.
Overall, he would bring NFL experience and knowledge to the program which would certainly be a selling point but he also brings plenty of questions. Either way, Whisenhunt most likely won’t be the first and only interview for the job.