In the aftermath of week 7’s loss against the Houston Texans, the Titans have parted ways with Ken Whisenhunt. Over the past 2 seasons, the Titans have been a franchise without an identity; they’ve had an apparent Quarterback whisperer at the helm of the team, but have only seen regression so far. In 2013 the Titans went 7-9 and fired then coach Mike Munchak to hire Whisenhunt to work with Quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger showed progress during his six starts with the team, however, was lost to injury following an 0-6 record as a starter. The team ended up with a record of 2-14 in 2014, and ended up taking Quarterback Marcus Mariota with the 2nd overall pick in the draft. Automatically creating a competition in the off-season for the starting role on the team. Mariota then won this competition and became the team’s starter; in his debut he went 13/15 for four touchdowns and no interceptions. He was touted a saviour of the franchise! Since this game, however, things have only gone downhill for the Titans..
The team has only managed to gain 2169 yards so far this season on Offense, which is currently ranked 31st in both yards per game (YPG) and Points per game. Whereas they’ve been pretty solid on defense, sitting at 14th in points against and 5th in yards allowed. So the problem is firmly placed on Whisenhunt’s side of the ball so to speak. So why does it make sense to part ways this far into the season? In the NFL, results are expected instantly. Ken Whisenhunt has a history of taking young Quarterbacks and developing them into quality starters. When you look at the past 2 years with the Titans, he’s done the opposite. You could try to blame this on the lack of a running game, which is 19th in the NFL, but at least they’re trying to protect the QB by rushing the ball. You could try and blame it on the Front Office; who’ve used their Third and Sixth round picks in 2015 to protect him but all in all it’s on the Head Coach’s shoulders.
The Titans have been ineffective under Whisenhunt on Offense, and needed a change. Hopefully, with him parting ways with the team they will be able to find their spark and move forwards.