Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt calls in a play during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Not only does Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt have to game-plan for the Broncos he must also prepare for the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans and the Cleveland Browns.
He is scheduled to meet with those three teams to interview for their head coaching vacancies between Thursday and Saturday, according to reports. Whisenhunt - a former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals - knows that the playoff game in Denver still must take precedent.
"I understand the process and I appreciate the interest but I just want to make sure everyone understands that we're focused on the game Sunday," he said to a receptive group of reporters Thursday.
San Diego head coach Mike McCoy granted his offensive coordinator permission to speak with other teams this week - it's the first time the NFL allows other teams to contact assistant coaches from other teams - about these highly coveted positions. But unlike Whisenhunt, McCoy did not talk with teams last year when he was the offensive coordinator for the Broncos until the season was over.
"I know exactly what our mindset is here," McCoy asserted. He complimented the entire staff on their ability to remain focused despite these obvious distractions. "The coaches have done an outstanding job all week long and this is an opportunity of a lifetime to try to win another playoff game."
Whisenhunt is preparing his offense to go against the much maligned Broncos defense - ranked 22nd overall in the NFL - and he quickly responded when asked if he finds it difficult this week, especially when his focus could stray.
"It's not hard," he said. "It's a playoff game and I think that's where the focus has been. Anything outside of that is really secondary."
While the Lions, Titans and Browns won't draw his full attention - the Broncos will - maybe Whisenhunt should be more worried about his offense scoring more points than Peyton Manning to win this game.