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TWENTYMAN: Ken Whisenhunt focused on Sunday's game vs. Broncos

Posted Jan 9, 2014

The Detroit Lions flew to San Diego to interview Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt for their head coaching vacancy, but Whisenhunt says his focus is still on Sunday’s playoff game vs. Broncos

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Ken Whisenhunt is a hot commodity right now for teams like the Detroit Lions looking for a head coach.

The San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator has three interviews set up in the next three days, starting with the Detroit Lions Thursday night.

Whisenhunt, however, said his main focus is still on the task at hand, which is finding a way to defeat the top-seeded Denver Broncos in this weekend’s divisional round of the playoffs.

"I understand the process and I appreciate the interest, but I just want to make sure everyone understands we are focused on the game Sunday,” Whisenhunt told the San Diego media during his media session on Thursday.

Whisenhunt appears to be the leading candidate to land the Lions head coaching job, but no team is allowed to hire him until after the Chargers are eliminated from the playoffs.

He went 45-51 in six seasons as Arizona’s head coach, including leading that organization to a Super Bowl. He also won a Super Bowl calling plays as offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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

Whisenhunt, however, fits the profile the Lions are looking for better than any other candidate and has gotten glowing reviews in recent days from Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and head coach Mike McCoy.

"I think he has done an outstanding job with the football team in the offense of adjusting to the scheme,” McCoy said Thursday. "He has done an outstanding job; the whole offensive staff has, of putting a plan together week in and week out.

"The players respect what he does. He is not only a football coach, but he is a great person. I think our players are where they are at today because of the people we have brought in here. When you have good coaches and good players, good things happen."