Titans fire Whisenhunt after 3-20 tenure
The Tennessee Titans organization has decided to part ways with head coach Ken Whisenhunt after a 1-6 start to the season. Whisenhunt will finish his tenure as Titans head coach with a total record of 3-20, after less than two full seasons. The Titans will promote Mike Mularkey to interim head coach.
While Whisenhunt’s record at Tennessee is what it is, ugly, so was the roster of talent the Titans organization has been selling to fans the last several years. I don’t know of any coach who can make that collection of talent into a playoff team in 23 games. In my opinion, this is another example of anxious owners and general managers making the wrong decision after feeling the heat. In most cases, pro franchises would be a lot better looking deeper within the management structure to find the problem, as opposed to easily assigning a scapegoat.
Titans controlling owner, Amy Adams Strunk, daughter of the late Titans owner Bud Adams, had this to say in a statement Tuesday morning,
“We have expected more progress on the field, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction. I would like to thank Ken for his efforts with our team, as he worked very hard to try to move us forward.”
Really? You expected more on the field with that roster? You drafted a franchise changing quarterback with the second overall pick in the draft and he has been hurt the last couple of games. Even with a healthy Mariota, you have given him no running game, no offensive line to either run block for your below average running backs, or pass block for your rookie QB. Dick LeBeau has to be saying…what have I got myself into?
It appears to me like the Titans have a lot more issues than Whisenhunt’s coaching performance over his first 23 games. In fact, I would rank Whisenhunt’s performance pretty low on my priority scale to turn this franchise back into a playoff contender. The fact is they now have an interim head coach, Mularkey, an interim CEO in Steve Underwood, and a General Manager who’s track record also needs to be examined a little closer.
The Titans have made what I call poor or puzzling draft decisions the last several years. When they went with Bishop Sankey over Carlos Hyde in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, I scratched my head. Other notable running backs they passed up on that were drafted a few picks later were Jeremy Hill and Tre Mason. Hill was actually drafted the very next pick and Hyde was selected two picks later. In hindsight, they made the wrong choice.
After years of questionable draft picks and never making a splash in free agency, maybe the focus should be on the one who is truly more responsible for putting that talent on the field, Ruston Webster.
Webster has been the team’s General Manager since January of 2012. The Titans record under his management is 16-39. One of the primary responsibilities of the head coach is to motivate his players to perform at their best. If Whisenhunt wasn’t doing that, then OK, he may not be the right person for the job. But on the other hand, one of the foremost responsibilities of the General Manager is to acquire talent. It’s safe to say that Mr. Webster has failed at that.
I am not going to pretend to know what was happening inside the Titans locker room, or behind closed doors. Maybe Whisenhunt wasn’t properly teaching or motivating his players. However, what I do know is, he wasn’t given the talent to get the train rolling in just 23 games. The decision to let Whisenhunt go at this time reminds me of another football coach in Tennessee that was fired a few years ago. In the words of former University of Memphis coach Tommy West, “Give the next guy a fighting chance.”
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