clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Rookie coaches paving the path for Whisenhunt

New, comments

Can Whisenhunt learn from successful rookie coaches?

Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, John Glennon of the Tennessean wrote an article on the success of recent new head coaches, linking it to possible outcomes for new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. This can be found here.

Here is an example of his work:

Andy Reid presided over a Chiefs team that improved from 2-14 in 2012 to 11-5 in 2013.

Mike McCoy (with Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator) guided the Chargers to a 9-7 mark in 2013 after a 7-9 finish in 2012.

Chip Kelly helped the Eagles improve from 4-12 in 2012 to 10-6 in 2103.

I think this is a great example of how new head coaches can turn a program around quickly. Sure McCoy and Kelly were first time head coaches, but the best name Titans fans could look at is Andy Reid.

Reid was thrown out of Philly and instantly came in and turned the Chiefs into a team that should have gone deep into the playoffs. Whisenhunt not only had an extra year to get perspective and to evaluate his options, but he showed what kind of turn around he could make in just one year when he revamped San Diego.

In a weak division where the bottom three teams all picked in the top-11 of the 2014 NFL Draft (and where the other team has had some terrible drafts), there is a strong chance that anyone could win this division. The Titans will bring a scheme that no one has seen before and significantly better coaching to Tennessee in 2014. Are they Super Bowl bound?!?! No. But I also think Titans fans will be in for a pleasant surprise, and that the Titans will be much better than most think.