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Titans confirm they've interviewed Ken Whisenhunt for head coach

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Ken Whisenhunt, right, is a popular head-coaching candidate. (USATSI)
Ken Whisenhunt, right, is a popular head-coaching candidate. (USATSI)

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While preparing the Chargers to try to keep up with the Broncos' historically-good offense in their playoff matchup Sunday, San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt also had time this week to think hard about his future. As in, potentially landing another head-coaching gig.

While it might be forgotten because of the final three seasons of Whisenhunt's tenure when he was the Cardinals head coach -- he went 5-11 in two of his final three years in Arizona -- he also helped the team get to its first Super Bowl in franchise history and also snagged a 10-win season the year after that in 2009.

He's also resurrected his candidacy this season by helping transform San Diego into a unit ranked No. 5 in the league. It also hasn't hurt that quarterback Philip Rivers has had one of the best seasons of his career, as did running back Ryan Mathews -- who rushed for 1,255 yards, the seventh-best mark in the NFL.

As a result, Whisenhunt has become one of the hotter candidates in the coaching carousal, and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has reported that the Lions might see Whisenhunt as an ideal match.

Whisenhunt also reportedly will interview with the Browns on Saturday, giving him three interviews in one week while trying to formulate a gameplan for Denver.

“The only thing that's important to me, to be perfectly honest with you, is getting prepared for this game and that's the work that has got my focus right now,” Whisenhunt said this week, via the Detroit Free Press. “Everything else is secondary.”

The Titans also have confirmed they've interviewed Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Jay Gruden (who took the Redskins head-coaching job).

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