Many felt that Ken Whisenhunt was a shoe-in to be the next coach the Detroit Lions.
The Tennessee Titans swooped in on the Lions #1 choice on Monday, hiring him less than 24 hours after Whisenhunt’s team, the Chargers, lost to the Broncos 24-17 in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game.
The Lions spoke to Whisenhunt in San Diego back on January 9th, and he won by a landslide in a vote here on Lions Gab of who fans felt the next coach of the Lions would be.
With Whisenhunt no longer available, the Lions will turn their attention to another possible candidate.
Gary Kubiak, fired by the Texans before the end of the season, is an option, and Adam Gase, the offensive coordinator of the Broncos, is another option at this point.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported earlier today the Lions had a private plane waiting for Whisenhunt as he made his mind up between the Lions and Titans.
A private plane registered to Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford’s aircraft corporation was scheduled to fly to San Diego this morning, but with Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt apparently deciding between jobs the plane is still sitting in its hangar at Metro Airport.
Whisenhunt, who interviewed with the Lions on Thursday, has been the front-runner to replace Jim Schwartz as head coach since Schwartz was fired two weeks ago after a 7-9 season.
With Whisenhunt gone, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will guide the Lions starting in 2014.