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Tennessee Titans introduce head coach Ken Whisenhunt

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Ken Whisenhunt becomes the 17th head coach in Oilers/Titans franchise history Ken Whisenhunt becomes the 17th head coach in Oilers/Titans franchise history
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Ken Whisenhunt, the new head coach of the Tennessee Titans, says the one thing he's learned about the NFL is the importance of chemistry, and he decided the Titans were the best fit for his second chance to run a team.

Whisenhunt spoke to the media Tuesday at an introductory press conference at St. Thomas Sports Park in Nashville.

Whisenhunt was most recently the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers and replaces Mike Munchak, whose Titans teams had a 22-26 overall record in three seasons.

Whisenhunt says he hit it off quickly with Titans general manager Ruston Webster. He also had interest from Detroit and Cleveland.

Webster said it was a fast and furious process picking a new coach after parting with Munchak on Jan. 4. The general manager said he thinks Whisenhunt is an excellent fit for the Titans in creating a new culture.

Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith said he looks forward to seeing Whisenhunt's vision of building the Titans into a consistent winner a reality.

Smith says Whisenhunt has a history of building successful offenses and noted the coach took Arizona to a Super Bowl.

Whisenhunt, 51, started his coaching career as an assistant at Vanderbilt in 1995-96. 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 Pittsburgh between 2004 and 2006.

Whisenhunt becomes the Titans' third head coach since leaving Texas for Tennessee in 1997. Tennessee went 7-9 this season, extending a playoff drought to five straight years, with the last postseason win back in January 2003.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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