Ken Whisenhunt

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
23 172-177-2 49.29% 13-7 65.00%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

Bill Cowher, Al Groh, Ted Marchibroda, Chris Palmer

Children:

Todd Haley, Freddie Kitchens, Frank Reich, Arthur Smith


Biography

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Career Summary

Ken Whisenhunt was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1997 to 2019, finishing his career as the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers. Over his twenty-three years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 176-190-2. During his career he was a head coach for eight seasons, first with the Arizona Cardinals. He led the Cardinals for six seasons, compiling a record of 45-51-0. His next head coaching stint was with the Tennessee Titans from 2014 to 2015, as he led the team to a 5-27-0 record. He was fired from the Titans on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Whisenhunt was fired by the Titans after starting his second season 1-6. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 50-78-0 across eight seasons including going 4-2-0 in the playoffs.

Career Awards

As the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers he coached one player to an award-winning season: Ben Roethlisberger, AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004. As the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers/San Diego Chargers he coached two players to award-winning seasons: Philip Rivers, Comeback Player of the Year in 2013; Keenan Allen, Comeback Player of the Year in 2017.

Ken Whisenhunt Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Whisenhunt served as an assistant coach for Ted Marchibroda, Chris Palmer, Al Groh, Bill Cowher, Mike McCoy, and Anthony Lynn. Six of these years were spent on Cowher's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, four assistant coaches, (Todd Haley, Freddie Kitchens, Frank Reich, and Arthur Smith) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 69-74-0 in the regular season and 1-3 in the playoffs during their nine seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

Personal Information

Whisenhunt was born on Wednesday, February 28, 1962 in Augusta, Georgia.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
2019 Los Angeles Chargers Offensive Coordinator 3-5-0 0-0
2018 Los Angeles Chargers Offensive Coordinator 12-4-0 1-1
2017 Los Angeles Chargers Offensive Coordinator 9-7-0 0-0
2016 San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator 5-11-0 0-0
2015 Tennessee Titans Head Coach 1-6-0 0-0
2014 Tennessee Titans Head Coach 2-14-0 0-0
2013 San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator 9-7-0 1-1
2012 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2011 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2010 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2009 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 10-6-0 1-1
2008 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 9-7-0 3-1
2007 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2006 Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator 8-8-0 0-0
2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator 11-5-0 4-0
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator 15-1-0 1-1
2003 Pittsburgh Steelers Tight Ends Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2002 Pittsburgh Steelers Tight Ends Coach 10-5-1 1-1
2001 Pittsburgh Steelers Tight Ends Coach 13-3-0 1-1
2000 New York Jets Tight Ends Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1999 Cleveland Browns Special Teams Coach 2-14-0 0-0
1998 Baltimore Ravens Tight Ends Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1997 Baltimore Ravens Tight Ends Coach 6-9-1 0-0
1996 Vanderbilt Commodores Tight Ends Coach / Special Teams Coach 2-9-0
1995 Vanderbilt Commodores Tight Ends Coach / Special Teams Coach 2-9-0

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