NFL notebook: Titans interview ex-Steelers assistant Whisenhunt
The Tennessee Titans took their coaching search on the road to San Diego, with Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt preparing for a divisional playoff game.
The Titans confirmed Saturday that they finished interviewing Whisenhunt on Friday night.
Whisenhunt started coaching as an assistant at Vanderbilt. He spent six seasons as Arizona's head coach, where he went 45-51 including the Cardinals' first Super Bowl berth in 2009. He was fired by Arizona on Dec. 31, 2012, after finishing 5-11. He also was offensive coordinator for the Steelers between 2004 and 2006.
Whisenhunt, 51, reportedly interviewed Thursday with Detroit, and he was expected to meet with Cleveland on Saturday.
Asked about three interviews in three days plus preparing for a playoff game, Whisenhunt said Thursday it was not hard.
“It's a playoff game,” Whisenhunt said. “That's where the focus has been. Anything outside of that has been secondary.”
The Titans are one of four NFL teams still looking for a new coach after firing Mike Munchak after three seasons on Jan. 4. Jay Gruden, their first interview on Tuesday, was introduced Thursday as Washington's new coach. The Titans also interviewed Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell on Wednesday and Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on Thursday.
This is only the team's second coaching search since leaving Texas for Tennessee in 1997, and the first conducted by general manager Ruston Webster. Tennessee went 7-9 this season, extending a playoff drought to five straight years, with the last postseason win back in January 2003.
Welker anxious to return
Wes Welker said he has no apprehensions about concussions or rust as he returns to the Denver Broncos' lineup Sunday for the first time in more than a month.
It's the longest the 10-year pro has ever been sidelined.
Welker missed the Broncos' last 3½ games after suffering his second concussion in a four-week span just before halftime in a game against Tennessee on Dec. 8.
Former Cowboys' trial set
Josh Brent is no longer a Dallas Cowboy, but the stars on his old helmet figure heavily into his upcoming trial for a teammate's death in a 2012 wreck.
Brent's trial is scheduled to start Monday on allegations that he was driving drunk and caused the death of Dallas practice squad player Jerry Brown. If convicted of intoxication manslaughter or manslaughter, Brent could get 20 years in prison, but he could also get probation.
Around the league
Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer has become the fourth candidate to interview for the Dolphins' general manager job. Farmer joined the Browns in March after seven seasons in the Chiefs' front office. ...The Falcons have hired Bryan Cox from Tampa Bay as defensive line coach. Cox replaces Ray Hamilton, who was fired after a 4-12 season. ... The Chiefs have signed seven players to reserve/future contracts, including running back Joe McKnight, a former fourth-round pick of the New York Jets. Also signed by the Chiefs on Saturday were linebacker Jordan Campbell, cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton, offensive tackle R.J. Dill, defensive back Jerron McMillian and defense end Brandon Moore.