NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt is why safety
Whisenhunt just wants to win in his second time around as a head coach in the NFL — starting now.
"We're not asking for patience," Whisenhunt said. "We want to win, and we expect to win."
Whisenhunt makes his debut Sunday at Kansas City, one of seven new coaches in the NFL and one of three in his second chance as a head coach along with Jim Caldwell in Detroit and Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay. Fired in Arizona after six seasons, Whisenhunt spent last season as coordinator with San Diego where the Chargers finished with the league's fifth-best offense.
The second time around certainly smoothed the transition, and Whisenhunt credits good coaching staff and working with general manager Ruston Webster too.
"It's easier from the standpoint of knowing what to expect, but it's a fun job," Whisenhunt said his second chance. "I'm glad that I have this opportunity."
When the Titans fired Mike Munchak, they edged out Detroit to hire Whisenhunt as their third coach in Tennessee and the 17th in franchise history back in January.
Mularkey monitored the searches to see what team his old friend would choose. A former head coach himself with Buffalo and Jacksonville, Mularkey wanted Whisenhunt to pick a good organization with good people. He's happy now to be Whisenhunt's tight ends coach.
"The second time you're not going to get caught off guard as much as you are the first time, especially that first year," Mularkey said. "You know what to expect. You kind of know the answer before the question comes. Now he's handled everything extremely well. He's got a good supporting cast around him."
"The guy knows how to win," Pollard said. "You check his resume the guy knows how to win, and he's a fun coach. When you look at him, you see like a hard person on the outside. At the same time, he just wants guys to be accountable and go out there knowing what they're doing."
That's what Woodyard learned when he called a couple friends, including San Diego receiver Eddie Royal. They told him Whisenhunt was a players' coach who loves and understands people. Woodyard has found Whisenhunt lives up to his billing.
"He's a smart coach and definitely knows a lot about the offense," Woodyard said.
The Titans need that offensive touch. They haven't reached the playoffs since 2008 and ranked 22nd in the NFL in total offense last season and 21st passing averaging 218.5 yards per game.
Locker completing 70 percent of his passes this preseason with the Titans ranked in the top 10 in several offensive categories.
Now the real test starts Sunday with Whisenhunt calling the offensive plays.
"He'll throw some wrinkles in there that'll kind of keep you on your heels ...," Washington said early in training camp. "It kind of surprised me at opportunities he was giving guys to make some plays. There's going to be some big plays made, a lot of opportunities for guys to go out and show this league what we're about."
NOTES: Whisenhunt announced that the Titans voted Locker and Washington as offensive captains with Woodyard and lineman