NFL notebook: Titans hire Whisenhunt as head coach
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, 8:24 p.m.
The Titans wrapped up their coaching search by hiring San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach and 17th in franchise history.
Whisenhunt, 51, will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.
The Titans flew to San Diego on Friday and interviewed Whisenhunt, a former Steelers offensive coordinator. He was the fourth person interviewed by the Titans, who fired Mike Munchak on Jan. 4.
Whisenhunt spent six years coaching Arizona and took the Cardinals to their lone Super Bowl in 2009. He was fired Dec. 31, 2012.
• The Vikings have moved into the home stretch of their search for a head coach, and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has emerged as a favorite. According to an NFL Network report Saturday, Zimmer was scheduled to travel to Minnesota on Monday and meet with Vikings officials for a second interview Tuesday.
• ESPN reported former Colts coach Jim Caldwell has emerged as the frontrunner for the Lions' vacant head coach position. One source said the Lions' discussions with Caldwell had turned to negotiations.
• Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is out for the rest of the playoffs after an MRI on Monday revealed a torn ACL in his left knee. Harris was injured in the third quarter of Denver's 24-17 win over San Diego in the AFC divisional round Sunday.
• Former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent wasn't drunk, as police contend, when he wrecked his Mercedes in a crash that killed a teammate, Brent's lawyer told jurors Monday at the start of his trial. Brent was “guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car,” not driving drunk on the night of the December 2012 crash that killed his close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.
• After leading the Saints to a fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, Drew Brees likes the direction of his team and said he's willing to listen to contract proposals if the team needs his help getting under the NFL's salary cap. Brees said he'll consider extending his five-year, $100 million deal beyond the three years it has left.
• Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, 46, who, along with fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, is selecting rosters for the Jan. 26 Pro Bowl, tweeted that he plans to play in the game. Sanders, 46, is trying to persuade Rice, 51, to do the same.
— Wire reports
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