San Diego Chargers: Ken Whisenhunt Becomes New Offensive Coordinator

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2016

Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When the San Diego Chargers began their head coaching search, Ken Whisenhunt was being heavily considered. As many are saying, if Mike McCoy had not been hired by San Diego, Whisenhunt would have been the guy.

Luckily for the Chargers, they now have both. 

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune started the speculation Thursday morning by tweeting, "Speculation: Ken Whisenhunt possibly becoming Chargers' OC. Can't confirm as of now. But he was likely HC choice if McCoy not available."

In less than an hour, Adam Schefter broke the news: "Former Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt will become offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers."

The last time Whisenhunt was an offensive coordinator was from 2004-2006 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's most famous for his "receiver pass" play he called in Super Bowl XL. From 2007-2012, he coached the Arizona Cardinals. In 2009, with Kurt Warner as his quarterback, Ken Whisenhunt coached the Cardinals in his second Super Bowl appearance—his first as a head coach. They lost, ironically, to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kevin Acee stated that "Ken Whisenhunt might have been head coach if the Broncos had won last week." Acee also said that Whisenhunt was "sold on working with Rivers." 

Philip Rivers should be jumping for joy at this point. San Diego made a terrific hire in Ken Whisenhunt and has made outstanding personnel decisions this entire offseason so far. Philip Rivers should thrive in the new offense brought to San Diego with Whisenhunt. 

These early hirings should make Chargers fans very excited. 

In other news, former Chargers coach Norv Turner is now the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. He also took assistant offensive line coach Mike Sullivan with him.