Lions to interview Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Whisenhunt fits the profile the Lions are looking for in their next head coach after successful stops in Pittsburgh, Arizona and now San Diego

The Detroit Lions’ coaching search has taken them out west.

Ken WhisenhuntKen Whisenhunt (Photo: AP Images)

Team officials will interview Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt in San Diego today for their heading coaching vacancy.

Whisenhunt will meet with Detroit today, Tennessee on Friday and Cleveland on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Whisenhunt is in his first season as the Chargers offensive coordinator. He won a Super Bowl as an assistant coach under Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh and also took the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl as their head coach.

The Chargers have allowed Whisenhunt to interview for the Lions job today, but no team can hire him until after San Diego is eliminated from the playoffs. The Chargers face top-seeded Denver in Sunday’s AFC divisional round of the playoffs.

Whisenhunt certainly fits the profile the Lions have set up for their next head coach. He’s an offensive-minded coach with previous head-coaching experience and has worked extensively with the quarterback position.

He played nine seasons as a tight end with Atlanta, the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, where he was a teammate of Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.

He went 45-51 in six seasons as the Cardinals head coach.

Whisenhunt helped develop a young Ben Roethlisberger when he was an assistant with Pittsburgh and rejuvenated veteran Kurt Warner’s career in Arizona.

In his short stint in San Diego so far, he's helped Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers return to the Pro Bowl and record a career-best 69.5-completion percentage.

The Lions have also held interviews Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, former Houston head coach Gary Kubiak and former Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak for their head coaching position.