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Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt

Chargers offensive coordinator Aaron Wilson

Print This January 13, 2014, 06:44 PM EST

The Tennessee Titans have hired San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach, the team announced.

He's the 17th head coach in franchise history, replacing the fired Mike Munchak. Munchak was dismissed after going 7-9 last season and 22-26 overall in three seasons.

Whisenhunt, 51, will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

"Ken is a well-respected coach in this league and I am looking forward to seeing his vision become reality for this team," Titans CEO Tommy Smith said in a statement. "He has a history of building successful offenses and took Arizona to a Super Bowl as a head coach. We all share a common goal for this team and that is to build a consistent winner."

Whisenhunt is a former Arizona Cardinals head coach who played tight end in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.

Whisenhunt was regarded as the frontrunner for the Detroit Lions' job, but also was enamored of the Titans' position.

The Titans also interviewed Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Whisenhunt is a former Vanderbilt assistant coach who played collegiately at Georgia Tech.

In Arizona, Whisenhunt went 45-51 in six seasons and reached one Super Bowl where he lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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