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Redskins New Head Coach Bracket: (5) Ken Whisenhunt vs. (12) Mike Gundy

First Round of The Washington Redskins Next Head Coach Tournament

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(5) Ken Whisenhunt
Current Position: Offensive Coordinator for San Diego Chargers
Specialty: Offense

  • Had a short stint as a Tight End for the Washington Redskins
  • Began coaching at Vanderbilt University where he coached Special Teams, Running Backs and Tight ends.
  • His first three years coaching in the NFL were with the Baltimore Ravens (Tight Ends Coach), Cleveland Browns (Tight Ends Coach), and New York Jets (Special Teams Coach)
  • In 2001, Ken was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a Tight End Coach. He helped develop Heath Miller, and get the best out of Mark Bruener and Jay Riemersma
  • In 2004, Ken took over as the Offensive Coordinator of the Steelers. He ran a conservative run game with well-timed, innovative trick plays.
  • In his 2nd season as the Steelers offensive coordinator, the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Whisenhunt called the famous wide receiver reverse pass from Antwaan Randle El to Hines Ward
  • Had Head Coaching interviews with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, and Atlanta Falcons before ultimately deciding to accept the Head Coach position with the Arizona Cardinals in 2007
  • In 2007, his first year as Head Coach of the Cardinals, they finished 8-8. Their first non-losing season since 1998
  • Made the choice to go with Kurt Warner over Matt Leinart
  • In 2008, he lead the Cardinals to an NFC West Title which was their first division title since 1975. It was their first playoff birth since 1998. They made it to the Super Bowl and lost against the Steelers.
  • In 2009, he lead the Cardinals to another NFC West Title.
  • His career record is 49-53

(12) Mike Gundy
Current Position: Head Coach at Oklahoma State University
Specialty: Offense

  • After his playing career at Oklahoma State, he joined the coaching staff. He was a WR Coach (1990), a QB Coach (1991-1993), and an Offensive Coordinator/QB coach (1994-1995)
  • He made stops at Baylor (QB Coach in 1996) and Maryland (WR Coach from 1997-2000) before going back to Oklahoma State as an Offensive Coordinator from 2000-2004 under head coach Les Miles.
  • In 2005, he was named Oklahoma State's Head Coach when Les Miles accepted the same position at LSU
  • In 2008, Gundy lead Oklahoma State to their best season in 20 years. They were ranked in the Top 15 for most of the season
  • In 2010, Gundy's offense set numerous records for points scored, individual and total yardage. They won a school record 11 games.
  • In 2011, Oklahoma State started the season with 10 straight wins and were ranked as high as #2 in the nation (the highest in school history). Finished the season with their first Big 12 Conference Title.
  • Career record is 77-37. He is 5-2 in bowl games.
  • He's a man. He's 40.
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